Jeramey Jannene

Bob Donovan Considers Another Run For Office

Former alderman and two-time mayoral candidate publicly considering run for Assembly.

By - Apr 22nd, 2022 10:22 am
Robert Donovan unveils vehicle theft strike force at press conference. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Robert Donovan speaks at a March press conference. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Former alderman Robert Donovan‘s political career might not be over after all.

Donovan, 65, lost an April 5 special election to serve as mayor of Milwaukee and many, including Donovan, suspected that could be the end of his political career.

“I would suspect if this doesn’t work out, it is my last hurrah, probably,” said Donovan in a March interview. He lost after receiving 29% of the vote, compared to Cavalier Johnson‘s 71%, similar to his 2016 defeat to Tom Barrett. Donovan opted not to run for re-election to his aldermanic seat in 2020.

But on Thursday he teased a new run for a new seat.

“There is an old saying—when God closes a door he always opens a window,” said Donovan on social media. “It’s safe to say the door on Milwaukee mayor has closed for me but a window just may have opened.”

Donovan said he has been approached about running for the open 84th Wisconsin Assembly District seat and is considering a run. Incumbent Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) is retiring.

The former alderman, who confirmed he is now a resident of the city of Greenfield, said he was considering running for three reasons: a belief that public service is his vocation in life, to stop the spread of “chaos” from Milwaukee into the suburbs and to work to establish a partnership between the city and state to address Milwaukee’s public safety and fiscal challenges.

A long-time advocate for rank-and-file police officers, public safety was a central issue for both of Donovan’s mayoral campaigns. He’s already laying the groundwork to use it in an assembly campaign.

“As we are all well aware, the chaos going on in Milwaukee continues to spread to Milwaukee suburbs and I want to play a role in stopping that,” Donovan wrote.

The assembly district includes the southern half of the city of New Berlin, a small portion of the southwest side of the city of Milwaukee and the western half of the city of Greenfield.

Donovan would need to declare a political party affiliation in an assembly run. Unlike the city offices, the assembly is explicitly partisan. His mayoral campaign received endorsements from a number of Republican officials.

For Donovan the move would actually be a return to his political roots. He ran unsuccessfully for an assembly seat in 1982 and 1983 as a Republican. “I ran as a Republican in Milwaukee County. That will give you an indication of how incredibly naive, politically, I was at the time,” Donovan said in 2013. But the assembly seat Donovan is now considering is half in Waukesha County and leans solidly conservative.

David Karst, chair of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County, already filed to run for the seat.

Candidates have until June 1 to turn in the necessary signatures to appear on the ballot. A partisan primary is scheduled for Aug. 9 and a general election will be held Nov. 8.

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Categories: Politics

7 thoughts on “Bob Donovan Considers Another Run For Office”

  1. GodzillakingMKE says:

    Donavan is an enemy of the city.

  2. Paul Nannis says:

    Go fade away Bob

  3. RetiredResident says:

    My district. Milwaukee resident. My Assemblywoman used to live in my urban neighborhood. My state senator used to live a few neighborhoods to the east. For the last 12 years, thanks to Republican gerrymandering, both offices are held by politicians living in horse country out in Waukesha county. Oh, and when did Bob move? A background check shows a disconnected landline in Florida.

  4. NieWiederKrieg says:

    That picture says it all… Those are three of the shadiest looking characters I’ve ever seen…

  5. kaygeeret says:

    He truly needs to retire…

    Since he perfectly fits the repub preferred style – – foster fear and search endlessly for the nearest camera to spew fear and dislike – – he will, I am sure win in a landslide.

  6. nickzales says:

    I would take crazy Bob over the RepubliKKKan traitors, trump lovers, welfare-deadbeats, and clowns I have had representing me for the past 12 years.

  7. Bjorn Nasett says:

    Good old peeping Bob. I wonder how many of the men he watched use the restroom at UWM and was issued a citation for would vote for him….

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