Josh Zepnick
Press Release

Josh Zepnick announces candidacy for 13th District alderman

“Too many South Side residents feel that the new economic investment either goes to really poor areas or already wealthy areas, with the middle ground often left paying more and more in taxes and fees.”

By - Jun 28th, 2019 10:50 pm

With the unexpected resignation of Alderman Terry Witkowski on Milwaukee’s South  Side, former State Representative Josh Zepnick has decided to run for Alderman in District 13. The far south side district overlaps with just over half of the 9 th Assembly District which Zepnick represented from 2002-2018.

Milwaukee is at a crossroads with many exciting new developments happening. We also  have large pockets of poverty, extreme gun violence and a disturbing pattern of disruptive behavior in every corner of the city, and broken roads with no serious plan in place to  repair them.

“Too many South Side residents feel that the new economic investment either goes to really poor areas or already wealthy areas, with the middle ground often left paying more and more in taxes and fees,” said Zepnick.

Key Priorities:

1. Get debt under control, lower property taxes
Milwaukee deserves its fair share from State and Federal taxes that we pay. District 13 deserves its fair share of economic investment and employment growth from City programs.

2. Fixing our broken roads
Milwaukee deserves 21st century infrastructure that balances safety, mobility and  being affordable.

3. Reducing gun violence and its partner in crime the opioid crisis
Our city is not unique.  Too many people are not safe from the senseless violence from guns in the hands of the wrong people, reckless driving, and an opioid  addiction crisis that is out of control.

❖ I want employers to decide to locate in the 13th District and hire local residents for  good paying jobs.

❖ I want public sector employees to live here and keep our neighborhoods thriving.

❖ I want retirees to be able to afford to stay here when living on a fixed income.

BIO AND BACKGROUND:
Josh Zepnick was born and raised in the 13th Aldermanic District, living there  personally for over 20 years while his family has been there for over 50 years. He is a proud graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools and the University of  Wisconsin-Madison.

As a State Legislator, Zepnick learned first-hand how to get things done by forging  compromise, working with those who have different political views and focusing on what  is best for the growth and success of Wisconsin’s citizens, economy, and quality of life.

Zepnick has a proven track record in public service.
As a State Legislator,  Zepnick fought for:

✔ increasing shared revenue aid to the city of Milwaukee,

✔ money for local road repairs and better transit,

✔ major job creation initiatives including the push to have good paying service sector  jobs for Milwaukee residents attached to the Bucks Arena project.

Zepnick worked to secure State funding for:  

  • South 27th Street streetscape improvements and put millions of dollars into
  • County-wide pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements.
  • City of Milwaukee ME2 energy efficiency program,
  • KK River cleanup, bike trails for the Menomonee Valley, job training and support for disabled workers, bi-lingual classroom instruction, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, and  property tax relief for city homeowners.
  • Authorized and paid for by Zepnick for Alderman District 13 Jessica Szklarski, Treasurer

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