Brush off the dust and look back in time: I had a blog.
Yeah, remember blogs? This is on, and I can still use it. Excellent.
I wrote this in December 2019, but to adhere to a state law that mandates elected officials cannot use public resources to contact more than 50 people at a time, I’ve scheduled the post for April 8, 2020, the day after the election. Better safe than sorry. But some of the stuff below will sound a little odd, as I wrote it months before it will be published. It’s like an uninteresting time capsule, set to open all by itself.
Much has changed since I last wrote on this back in 2016. Just
three four years since I’ve touched it? So much has changed since then. Among the highlights:
- I have run for and won election to my office four, hopefully soon five times. (
- Since April 2016, I serve as chairman of Milwaukee County Board Parks, Energy & Environment Committee.
- The Milwaukee County Board was made into a “part time” governing body by state decree. (A binding referendum enacted it, conveniently set to occur during the lowest turnout primary election of the whole four-year cycle, ensuring the question, “shall we cut politicians’ pay?” passed by gross margins.) C’est la vie. I’m still committed to doing this.
- I served on the Mitchell Park Domes Task Force, which has issued its recommendation to the Milwaukee County Government for the future of the Mitchell Park Domes. The recommendation is now in the hands of the County Board to consider, which, frankly, is unlikely to happen prior to the election.
- And we the people of Milwaukee County will be electing a new Milwaukee County Executive and five new members of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.
- I’ll become the third most senior member of the County Board. That’s more just a curious bit of trivia than having any actual significance.
As we are now in the 2020 spring election season, I am once again running for office. There are some funny things about that. For one, state law forbids elected officials from using public resources to contact more than 50 people at a time. Thankfully, it looks like this blog only counts as one such contact, and I think the readership will remain below 50 for the next few months.
Fortunately, I enjoy campaigning. The face-to-face interaction at voter’s doors is the best part. Sometimes, I talk with someone I don’t agree with, and we go through this fun dance in which we step between each other’s thoughts, occasionally on each other’s toes. Will they respect me enough to sign my nomination paper? How can I, and they, get there without compromising my vision?
Sometimes it’s much easier. People know me now after almost nine years of my being in office. It’s not uncommon for me to show up somewhere and be recognized. Several years ago I crossed the line between having to introduce myself much of the time to having people saying “Hi, I know you from somewhere.” We share a moment of unassuming familiarity, even if we’ve hardly met in person before.
I’ll tell you about the biggest controversy du jour*, the warming room at the Wilson Senior Center, in my next post. After the one about my amazing wife’s legal ethics blog. Till then!
* That’s about all my French. I know slightly more German and Russian, and much more Spanish. Still, a five-year-old child who speaks German, Russian, or Spanish probably knows more of those languages than I do.