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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett endorses District Attorney John Chisholm

“He is committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions that continue to make our city a safer, stronger community," said Mayor Tom Barrett.

By - Jul 12th, 2016 11:49 am

MILWAUKEE –Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett added his name today to the growing list of community leaders who have endorsed District Attorney John Chisholm for re-election.

“John Chisholm is a dedicated, diligent criminal justice professional,” said Barrett. “He is committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions that continue to make our city a safer, stronger community. He continues locking up the bad guys while working every day to break the cycle of violence and incarceration. John works tirelessly to reform our system into one that works for all citizens of Milwaukee County, and is known across the nation as a leader who other prosecutors look up to.

“For years, John and I have worked side by side as we have fight to keep illegal firearms out of the wrong hands and reduce violence in the streets of Milwaukee,” continued Barrett. “He is a devoted advocate for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, and has a proven record of winning cases and locking up dangerous criminals time and time again. John Chisholm is the best choice for Milwaukee County in the August 9 election. I am proud to endorse him, and I urge my fellow citizens to join me in supporting his candidacy.”

“It is an honor to have the support of Mayor Tom Barrett,” said Chisholm. “He is a leader in the effort to reduce gun violence and always has the interests of our city’s residents in mind. I look forward to continuing a strong partnership to make Milwaukee safer.”

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 August 9, 2016.

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