Fred Royal Jr. Announced Election Bid for Alderman
Long-time resident of Milwaukee District #7 seeking to replace alderman Khalif J. Rainey
“I look forward to fostering a much more collaborative environment to address negative things happening in the district. I want to work with everyday citizens, community organizations, the police force and elected officials to create solutions for our city, ” Fred Royal Jr.
(Milwaukee, WI) In April of 2019, Fred Royal, Jr. officially announced his candidacy for Alderman of Milwaukee’s 7th District with intent to replace currently embroiled incumbent Alderman Khalif J. Rainey. Royal wants to develop economic opportunities and health programs, while increasing public safety. Royal’s overall goal is to make the 7th district a neighborhood of choice.
No stranger to community organizing Royal has fiercely and courageously advocated for everyday citizens of Milwaukee through civic and community-based organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Community Collaboration Committee, the Center for Self-Sufficiency and the American Legion. He feels it is time to become an elected official to provide solutions not only the 7th district, but also for the people of greater metropolitan Milwaukee.
Royal seeks to create economic opportunities in the 7th district by:
- Securing employment opportunities through city contracts
- Supporting entrepreneurial development
- Increasing advocacy and access to capital for small businesses
- Providing retail and incubator space for local start-ups.
Royal seeks to increase access to quality medical and mental health care. Top priorities include:
- Require lead testing for all Milwaukee youth to reduce lead-poison counts
- Address and provide options for opioid addition and treatment
- Ensure local hospitals are equipped to handle gun shot victims.
Royal said developing partnerships across district lines will be key for new programs to work. He envisions working to improve public safety through reducing reckless driving, addressing the drug trafficking problems, eradicating litter, and renovating businesses and homes without displacing long-time owners and residents.
“We need to strengthen and maintain the middle class the city once had,” Royal said. “We need to ensure that citizens can both live in Milwaukee and work in Milwaukee and so the revenue the created through businesses and jobs is funneled back into city making it an attractive and safe place to live.”
Last week, Wednesday July 17, 2019 at a popular eatery in the 7th District Royal hosted a campaign fundraiser that was very well attended by district residents, local business persons, community activists, and current city, county and state elected and appointed officials excited about Royal’s candidacy.
Royal, has lived in the 7th Aldermanic district since 1990 with his wife Darlene Renee. He has two sons and six grandchildren. A long-time resident of Milwaukee, after serving in the United States Air Force, Royal earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Cardinal Stritch University. Royal retired from Delphi Electronics & Safety after 26 years of service. He has served on a range of civic boards including the Board of Directors for the MATC, Social Development Commission (SDC), American Civil Liberties Union, MATC Foundation Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Royal is currently the President of the NAACP – Milwaukee Branch.