9 Supervisors Unopposed For 2022
Deadline is one week away and nearly 70% of districts have just one candidate running.
The deadline to file to run for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is only a week away, and so far, nearly 70% of the candidates are running unopposed.
Of the 18-member board, 12 supervisory districts only have one candidate. The majority of the 12, nine districts, have an incumbent running. The deadline to declare candidacy and submit nomination papers to get on the ballot is 5 p.m. on Jan. 4.
So far, the incumbents who will go unchallenged in April include Supervisors Willie Johnson, Jr., Ryan Clancy, Sequanna Taylor, Shawn Rolland, Felesia Martin, Steven Shea, Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, Priscilla E. Coggs-Jones and Tony Staskunas.
Incumbents running unopposed is not uncommon for the Milwaukee County Board. But this spring’s election is the first time the incumbents will be running under the new maps drawn by the board this fall.
In 2016, the board adopted a new ordinance creating an independent process for redistricting. The first map submitted by the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) would have put a number of supervisors into the same district as one or more incumbents. Some supervisors faced a challenger for the first time in years.
The independent process was undermined when supervisors successfully pressured the IRC – composed of six retired judges – to consider incumbency in their mapmaking. One IRC member, Judge Mary Kuhnmuench, said she felt supervisors were trying “to use us to legitimize that which we don’t believe is legitimate.” Another member, Judge James Gramling, said “Incumbency was forced upon us as an issue by the [county board Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee].”
There are also first-time candidates who are in a position to sail into a board seat without a challenger.
Sup. Joe Czarnezki announced in October he would not seek reelection. He would have been an incumbent in District 11 under the new supervisory map. Kathleen Vincent, a member of the Greendale School Board, is currently running unopposed in this district.
Steve Taylor, a former supervisor and City of Franklin alderman, is running unopposed for District 17. Taylor previously served on the county board from 2012 to 2016. He has claimed credit for shepherding the controversial development of the Rock Sports Complex and Ballpark Commons in Franklin. He now works as executive director of the ROC Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the company that developed those projects.
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