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April Election Briefs

The general election for assorted local politicians including Milwaukee Mayor, County Supervisors, Common Council members, judges, and City Attorney will be held Tuesday, April 6. To find out where to vote, check online at http://itmdapps.ci.mil.wi.us/electedreps/electrep.jsp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6th District aldermanic candidate Mike McGee, Jr., recently protested the Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the mayoral race. His criticism of the “white media” has some onlookers concerned that if elected he’ll “play the race card,” polarizing a racially divided city even more. He said in a Riverwest Currents interview earlier this year that he realizes the benefits of coalition building and integration, including a desire to “bring the community together.” McGee is participating in a “Respect Kampaign Parade” to support his aldermanic candidacy and Pratt’s mayoral candidacy on Saturday, April 3. The parade starts at noon at Hopkins and Burleigh. (For a look at aldermanic candidates views and profiles, check out our February and March archives.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Like son, like father: community activist and former alderman Mike McGee, Sr., “comes out of retirement on April Fool’s Day” to lead a protest at the Journal Sentinel newspaper offices. McGee cites biased coverage of the mayoral election and poor community relations as reasons for the community protest, to be held Thursday, April 1, at 4 p.m. THIS PROTEST HAS BEEN CANCELLED – 6th District aldermanic candidate Mike McGee, Jr., sent out an e-mail yesterday, March 30, notifying friends and media contacts that his father, referred to in the release as “Commander McGee,” had canceled a scheduled protest of the Journal Sentinel on Thursday, April 1. The e-mail said, in part: “Because of the possibility of a ‘riot’ like environment, Commander Mike McGee agrees that ‘the temperature of the Black Community is near boiling mad,’ and their [sic] exist [sic] a real possibility of riot if Mayor Pratt is not victorious on April 6th, 2004.” READ More … . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fred Tabak, Grant Langley’s challenger for City Attorney, is running on a “clean up City Hall” platform similar to Tom Barrett. Tabak advocates a code of ethics that would require a “no gifts” policy, registration of lobbyists, restricting elected officials from soliciting City employees for contributions, and stringent campaign finance requirements.