Want to run unopposed?
This cracked me up. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting,
Milwaukee Ald. Willie Wade will be unopposed on the April 3 ballot, following a ruling Friday by the state Government Accountability Board.
The GAB staff upheld the city Election Commission’s decision to disqualify Jason Hargis, one of three would-be Wade opponents in the 7th Aldermanic District race. City election officials had previously disqualified nominating petitions filed by Wade’s other two opponents, Michael (Big Mike) Hagler and Roosevelt Sanders, neither of whom appealed to the state agency.
Initially, the election commission staff had found that Hargis had submitted 200 valid signatures on his nominating petitions, the minimum needed to win a spot on the ballot. But Wade’s attorney, Michael Maistelman, obtained an affidavit from one of those 200 people denying she signed Hargis’ petition, and that led to the rulings against Hargis at both the city and state levels.
Wade joins five other Common Council incumbents with no opponents on the ballot: Aldermen Ashanti Hamilton, Joe Davis Sr., Nik Kovac, Bob Bauman and Jim Bohl.
Not mentioned in this story, Maistelman also represented Alderman Bob Bauman and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, getting rid of their opponents. One of Alderman Milele Cogg’s opponents was thrown off thanks to Maistelman so she didn’t have a primary.
That’s what democracy looks like.
(For the record, Mike Maistelman is the attorney I use for open records issues.)