Bob Donovan Considers Another Run For Office
Former alderman and two-time mayoral candidate publicly considering run for Assembly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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