Friday, September 7, 2012

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 11th Assembly District (General Election Edition)

Public libraries in the 11th District
Milwaukee Public Library (Mill Road Library)

In the Democratic primary, Mandela Barnes defeats the incumbent Jason Fields by a 2-to-1 margin.  Unless someone launches a write-in campaign, Barnes will be unopposed in the general election.

Longtime state legislators Fields, Krusick lose in primaries.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/14/2012

Excerpt:   Fields has represented part of the north side since 2004, but has taken heat for his support of the state program that allows more than 20,000 children to attend private schools, including religious schools, at taxpayer expense. Barnes, a former executive director for the interfaith coalition MICAH, campaigned on Fields' stance on vouchers, as well as Fields' opposition to capping interest rates for payday lenders, which offer loans that can top 500% in annualized interest. 

The pro-voucher American Federation for Children sent out mailers backing Fields and blasting Republicans, despite the group's history of supporting GOP candidates. In all, the group spent over $100,000 in primaries in Milwaukee, but none of its candidates won Tuesday.

Mandela Barnes

Mandela Barnes announces candidacy for State Assembly 11th District. (Milwaukee Courier, 4/14/2012)

Excerpt: Barnes also spoke about his passion for a better Milwaukee, he stated that he would go to serve on the State Assembly and represent the interests of the 11th district, not others’ interests. 

“The state cannot move forward with a broken Milwaukee. Milwaukee is broken, and that is where my focus would be, fixing Milwaukee. There is a huge problem that exists, when we have a $600 million construction project going on in our community (Westlawn) and we do not have any local construction workers working on it. We have no access, and no one can tell us why…that is a problem. And those are the type of solutions that I would work toward.” Barnes said.

Related posts (General Election Edition).
Assembly District 1.
Assembly District 2.
Assembly District 3.
Assembly District 4.
Assembly District 5.
Assembly District 6.
Assembly District 7.
Assembly District 8.
Assembly District 9.
Assembly District 10.

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