Just a few weeks after the recent election season ended, the next election season has already begun. The race to replace Elizabeth Coggs, who will be leaving Milwaukee County’s 10th district to represent the 10th district of the state assembly, is on. Already, Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson has thrown his hat into the ring. Other candidates are sure to follow.

As was done with the 2nd district special election, TMD is inviting all the candidates to play 20 questions. Simply answer the questions below and send them to TMD. Your responses will be published, unedited, in a separate post.

  1. What is your current occupation?
  2. How old are you?
  3. Please tell us a bit more about yourself.
  4. Why do you want to be a County Supervisor?
  5. Why are you the right candidate for the job?
  6. As County Board Supervisor, what would your main priorities be?
  7. What are your main priorities for the 10th District specifically?
  8. What will you bring to the County Board that you feel it currently does not have?
  9. Who are your role models?
  10. Which locally elected official, if any, would you pattern your legislative style after?
  11. What would you do to uplift the black community?
  12. Milwaukee County is facing extreme short-term and long-term budgetary pressures while trying to maintain and/or improve county services. As a County Board Supervisor, what would you do to tackle this dilemma?
  13. Numerous individuals have floated the idea of downsizing Milwaukee county government or consolidating the county with municipalities and with the state. Where do you stand on this issue?
  14. Would you approve of the privatization of any county services? In what circumstances? Why?
  15. Metro Milwaukee is arguably the most segregated metro area in the country. Is this a problem? If so, what would you do about it as a County Board Supervisor? If it is not a problem, why not?
  16. The recent census will provide Milwaukee County with the opportunity to engage in redistricting. Meanwhile, many people have called for downsizing the size of the County Board. Where do you stand on this issue? In the event of a downsize, would you be willing to put your own seat on the chopping block?
  17. It is estimated that in six years, the county’s pension and healthcare obligations will eat up every dollar of the the county tax levy. Meanwhile, there is talk of changing the county’s pension system to a 401(k) style system. Given the alarming fiscal issues that the county is contending with, where do you stand on this pension issue?
  18. Define Milwaukee in five words or less.
  19. Define Milwaukee’s challenges in five words or less.
  20. As County Supervisor, how would you encourage active citizen participation within the county and within your district?

Good luck to all of the candidates!