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March Election Briefs

Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt is facing former Congressman Tom Barrett in the April 6 election for Mayor. Both candidates have drafted a version a “Clean Campaign Pledge.” Pratt’s calls for refraining from personal attacks, refraining from distorting or misrepresenting the other person’s positions or records, and instructing staff, consultants, volunteers, and close associates of the campaigns to conduct themselves in the same manner. It also calls for apologies and renunciations of any actions taken that would violate the pledge. Barrett added language of his own guaranteeing that that each candidate would “publicly and immediately” disavow independently-financed ads and “issue ads” that attempt to get around campaign finance limits. The candidates had not both signed the same pledge at the time of printing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Veteran Alderwoman Marlene Johnson-Odom could be facing a close race with challenger Mike McGee, Jr. for her 6th District council seat. McGee finished just one percentage point behind Johnson-Odom in the February 17 primary. He is running on a platform of reducing crime, increasing jobs, and providing health care for residents of the 6th District. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd District Ald. Mike D’Amato received a majority of votes in the 3rd District primary. He garnered 55% of the vote, with runner-up Carole Wehner receiving 24%. Wehner is advocating lower property taxes, “equal representation,” and denser student housing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., is hosting a Mayoral candidate forum on the arts on Thursday, March 4, at 6:15 p.m. The event is at the museum’s Lubar Auditorium and is free and open to the public. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A major error in a Shepherd Express article about mayoral candidate Sandy Folaron forced her campaign to spend significant time in the days leading up to the primary correcting the mistake. The Feb. 4 article by reporter Doug Hissom stated that Folaron still owed $7,323.81 in property taxes on her home. The charge was false. The City Treasurer confirmed that Folaron’s taxes are up-to date. Shepherd Express publisher Louis Fortis made an appearance at Folaron’s election night gathering at O’Brien’s to express his apologies. “A little late,” Folaron campaign manager Molly Christofferson commented. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Check out next month’s Riverwest Currents for further election coverage. The general election is Tuesday, April 6.