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County Executive Chris Abele endorses DA John Chisholm

“I am proud to endorse District Attorney John Chisholm,” said County Executive Chris Abele.

By - Jul 13th, 2016 10:55 am

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced his endorsement of District Attorney John Chisholm for re-election.

“I am proud to endorse District Attorney John Chisholm,” said County Executive Abele. “John has led the charge in reforming the way our county handles criminal justice. He has been essential to helping us get smarter on crime, while making sure we are doing everything we can to keep our citizens safe.

“Milwaukee County has seen numerous positive reforms made to its criminal justice system in recent years, including better coordination to keep those suffering mental illness out of our jails, more resources to help address domestic violence, more staff to protect witnesses and victims of crime, and strong initiatives aimed at reducing gang violence and gun crimes,” continued Abele. “None of these innovative and effective changes would have been possible without the leadership of District Attorney Chisholm.”

“I am honored to receive the support of County Executive Chris Abele,” said Chisholm. “He shares our dedication to making our criminal justice system work better,” said District Attorney John Chisholm. “Our community faces several challenges, but we also have made significant progress, and I am ready to continue building upon these improvements. The people of Milwaukee County deserve an effective, transparent, and reliable criminal justice system.”

Under Chisholm’s leadership, the office of the District Attorney has a 95% conviction rate in homicide cases, and has also championed community prosecution and alternatives to incarceration that break the cycle of prison, treat drug & alcohol addiction, and save taxpayer dollars. Chisholm has held public officials of both political parties accountable, and charged dozens of police officers with misconduct or crimes during his 10 years as the District Attorney. He has focused on effective prosecution of domestic violence cases and ensuring families have the services and support they need.

District Attorney John Chisholm, a veteran of the United States Army, was first elected in 2006. He has been very active in the community and serves on several local and national boards, including serving as past chairman of the Safe & Sound board of directors, the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area board, the Homicide Review Commission, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Chisholm was also a member of Governor Doyle’s Racial Disparity Oversight Commission and is a member of the Harvard Executive Session on Community Corrections.

Chisholm was born in Milwaukee and is a graduate of Marquette University High School, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He lives in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood with his wife, Colleen, and teenage son, Ted.

The Democratic primary election is Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

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