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The April 5 election for Milwaukee mayor comes after longtime Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett resigned to become the next U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. Johnson and Donovan advancedin the Feb. 15 primary, with Johnson taking 42 percent of the vote and Donovan taking 22 percent of the vote. The winner of the April 5 election will finish the remaining two years of Barrett's term, which will end on April 16, 2024.
Former candidates for Milwaukee Mayor - State Senator Lena Taylor, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas, Michael Sampson and Ieshuh Griffin - did not advance in the spring primary election.
In addition to our live reporting, videos and other information from the TMJ4 News-hosted debate on Sunday, below you will find biographies of the two candidates.
Bob Donovan, Former Milwaukee Alderman
65-year-old Bob Donovan was born in Milwaukee and was raised in the Jackson Park neighborhood. He attended St. Francis De Sales College/Seminary and UW-Milwaukee but did not graduate. Donovan has said he worked in the private sector for many years including at the Solvay Coke & Gas, Co. He ran for Milwaukee Common Council and won, assuming office in 2000, representing District 8. 20 years later Donovan retired from the Common Council, in 2020. During his time on the council he chaired the Public Safety Committee and the Anti-Graffiti Policy Committee. In 2016, he launched an unsuccessful bid for Milwaukee mayor.
View some of our recent reporting about Donovan here:
- Milwaukee mayor candidate Bob Donovan unveils plan to curb car thefts, Johnson released plan late last year
- Johnson and Donovan debate on key issues, differ on some public safety strategies
Watch our exclusive interview with Donovan ahead of the spring primary below:
Cavalier Johnson, Acting Mayor of Milwaukee
35-year-old Cavalier Johnson was born in Milwaukee and raised in the 53206 ZIP code. He attended Bay View High School and UW-Madison. He went on to work for then Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's office as well as Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, YMCA of Milwaukee and North Avenue Community Development Corporation. Johnson ran for Milwaukee Common Council and won, assuming office in 2016 to represent the District 2. He won reelection in 2020 and was also elected by fellow council members to become the Common Council President. When Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett resigned after Congress approved his appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, Alderman Johnson became Acting Milwaukee Mayor.
View some of our recent reporting about Johnson here:
- Milwaukee Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson's State of the City address highlights public safety
- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett resigns, hands power to Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson
Watch our exclusive interview with Johnson ahead of the spring primary below: