MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukeeans know that their mayor might leave in two months – but 70-percent of the city’s voters still gave Tom Barrett another four-year term Tuesday.
Barrett easily defeated UW Extension faculty member Edward McDonald – even though the mayor announced last Friday that he would run for governor in this spring’s recall election against Republican Scott Walker.
Barrett didn’t wait until after the mayoral election to start gearing up for his May 8th Democratic gubernatorial primary battle with Kathleen Falk, Doug La Follette, and Kathleen Vinehout.
Barrett has been Milwaukee’s mayor since 2004, and was in Congress for a decade before that. This is his 3rd try for governor. Barrett lost to Jim Doyle in a Democratic primary in 2002, and he lost by 5 points to Walker in 2010 when a Republican wave gave the GOP most of the state and federal offices that were up.
Also in Milwaukee, state Senate Democrat Spencer Coggs narrowly defeated Senate Democrat Tim Carpenter to become the next city treasurer. Coggs got 50.6 percent of nearly 70,000 total votes, to edge out Carpenter by just over one-percent.
Coggs replaces Wayne Whittow, who’s retiring this spring after 36 years as Milwaukee’s treasurer.