Milwaukee Mayor-elect Cavalier Johnson speaks; shares priorities

Milwaukee Mayor-elect Cavalier Johnson spoke with reporters on Wednesday, April 6, a day after his victory in the spring general election.

Johnson is city's first elected African American mayor and first new mayor in nearly two decades. He beat Bob Donovan – securing 72% of the votes – and topping Donovan's voters by more than 37,000.

"I’m looking forward to serving and to continue serving as mayor. We’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m looking forward to getting to that work," Johnson said.

Johnson said he plans to collaborate with Common Council members and rebuild relationships with the state legislature.

"I understand the importance of working with state government in order to move the ball forward for Milwaukee," Johnson said. 

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Milwaukee Mayor-elect Cavalier Johnson

"At the local level, we don’t control gun law. So we need our partners at the state level to be here with us. To work on that issue to make sure that guns don’t end up in the hands of people who would cause death harm and destruction," Johnson said.

Reckless driving has also been a big issue in Milwaukee.

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"We’re investing $8.5 million in infrastructure upgrades across the city. So we’ll work to continue implementing those things to combat the surge of reckless driving that we have here in the city," Johnson said.

Milwaukee Mayor-elect Cavalier Johnson

The mayor-elect also referenced his historical win of being Milwaukee's first elected Black mayor.

"My election, I think is further beginning to normalize what it means for people of color to have access to the seat of power," Johnson said.


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