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Robert Puente

Alderman Robert Puente represents Milwaukee’s ninth district and previously served in the Milwaukee Police Department for 27 years.

Puente’s official biography notes that he rose to a captain and district commander during his long tenure with the Milwaukee Police, and credits these years as preparation for his work as an elected official. His bio also highlights his work developing the Operation Ceasefire Program to prevent gun violence and his efforts to improve police-community relations by hosting district open houses and establish daily foot patrols. As a liaison to the Anti-Graffiti Policy Committee, Puente also worked to decrease city vandalism.

Puente holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Mount Senario College, is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and also graduated from the Police Staff & Command Program at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Milwaukee Community Safety Coalition and he has served as a volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Police Athletic League.

First elected alderman in 2004, Puente was reelected in 2008 and won a narrow victory in 2012 over challenger Ray Harmon, who had publicly criticized Puente for refusing to participate in a debate.

In 2012, Puente has been encouraging the owner of the vacant Northridge Mall to demolish and clear the space for new development.

In 2011, Puente lost in his bid to only suspend a South Side nightclub’s tavern license for 60 days. Instead, the Common Council voted 10-5  to shut the club down completely.

In 2010, in response to a proposal to boycott Arizona because of its new immigration law, Puente urged Common Council members to delay taking any action until they had read Arizona’s law, which he argued had been misrepresented.

Campaign Finance Reports

2016 - July Continuing - $550 - 3 contributions

2016 - Pre-Election - $1,575 - 5 contributions

2016 - Pre-Primary - $0 - 0 contributions

2016 - January Continuing - $8,910 - 48 contributions

2015 - January Continuing - $650 - 3 contributions

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Mourning the loss of a dedicated, respected colleague
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Shooting of three-year-old a tragic reminder of importance of keeping firearms out of reach
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
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Public Works Committee Criticizes DPW Commissioner

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As part of resolution, 071488, a portion of the street from S. Barclay St. – E. Pittsburgh Ave. to S. Water St./E. Seeboth St. will be rebuilt resulting in an improved environment in around the Fifth Ward neighborhood. Although a minor improvement to the physical infrastructure this should help spur further development in the area. Jeff Mantes, the Commissioner of Public Works, presented a communication regarding the recent news indicating the funding for the Milwaukee Connector study is longer available. Throughout the discussion Alderman Robert Bauman asked a series of specific questions of the Department of Public Works (DPW) to make it clear that the Common Council was not informed of the situation. He expressed his outrage by stating bluntly that “in my opinion this is a big deal”. He was quickly reinforced by Alderman Robert Puente‘s pointed remarks to DPW when he said “you’ll keep the Common Council in the dark until you need us”. In the end this file simply served to point the blame at DPW and allow the Common Council to put it on the record that they weren’t informed of the situation. Unfortunately the problem still exists and new mass transit options are further postponed until the situation can be resolved.

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