Friends, we are really pleased to announce that Alex is running for School Board. We released the following press release this a.m.:
MILWAUKEE – August 1, 2020 – Today, Alex Brower—educator, union officer, and community leader—announces his candidacy for Milwaukee School Board, District 5 for the election on April 6, 2021. Along with the campaign launch, Brower is also announcing the endorsement of the Milwaukee chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
“Our campaign thanks current District 5 School Board Director Larry Miller for his service to our schools, community, and the City of Milwaukee,” said Brower, “Larry’s retirement as the District 5 School Board Director means this open seat election will be a great opportunity for us to continue and expand Larry’s progressive legacy.”
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is the largest school district in Wisconsin, serving over 74,000 students in 158 schools. The Milwaukee Board of School Directors is the MPS policy-making body, overseeing the budget process and the overall operations of the school district.
As a School Board Director, Brower will fight for public schools against the threat of privatization, ensure healthy school environments, and democratize education by opening up school decision making to all stakeholders—parents, students, school staff, and community members.
“Alex’s background as an educator, union leader, and community advocate means that he really understands where MPS needs improvement, and how to make it better,” said Milwaukee DSA Executive Committee member and chapter co-chair Thomas Hansberger.
District 5 generally comprises the area of the City of Milwaukee east of I-43 and north of downtown and is one seat of nine that make up the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.
Brower is a union officer in the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, which represents over 5,000 education workers in MPS and advocates for quality public education in Milwaukee. In 2018, Brower engaged in the Hunger Strike for Substitute Teacher Healthcare—a 21-day hunger strike that won healthcare for two-thirds of MPS substitute teachers. As a School Board Director, he will continue to fight for MPS staff benefits and competitive wages to attract talented educators. In addition to his work as an educator, Brower is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, which fights for retirees and their earned benefits alongside organized labor.
“MPS has one goal—to support each student’s journey in reaching their full potential to lead a healthy and fulfilling life,” said Brower. “My goal is to make that an equitable reality for all students.”
For more information visit voteforalexbrower.org or contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 949-8756.
Thank you so much. The results on February 18 weren’t what we had hoped. We received 26% of the vote in the municipal primary, and the top two candidates will go on to the general election on April 7.
I am really proud of the campaign we ran – we knocked over 14,000 doors, made hundreds of phone calls, sent over 140,000 text messages, raised over $48,000 dollars, held many events, received numerous endorsements, and above all changed the conversation and political dynamic in Milwaukee.
Every single one of you played a part in this – even if all you did was cheer us on. I could not be more grateful.
We are pleased to announce that New York City’s Democratic City Comptroller Scott Stringer has endorsed Alex Brower for Milwaukee City Comptroller. Local comptrollers are poised to make change, and Scott is an example of a comptroller who uses the power of the office to help regular people. We’re going to do the same here in Milwaukee.
Our progressive campaign is pleased to announce that Sunrise Milwaukee, the local hub of Sunrise Movement, has decided to endorse our campaign. Sunrise is a movement of young people fighting to stop the climate crisis.
Alex Brower is the only candidate for City Comptroller who is standing up for climate justice, and he is proud to accept Sunrise Movement‘s local endorsement.
From Sunrise’s website:
“We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.”
We are pleased to announce that Olivia Warren, a DSA member and organizer, has joined the campaign as our full-time field director. Olivia has worked in electoral politics since 2014, when she first interned on the Rob Zerban campaign for Congress. Most recently, Olivia served as the Milwaukee Regional Field Director for Progressive Takeover.
Olivia is an active organizer and has worked on projects like establishing Milwaukee DSA’s electoral working group, and providing clinic escorts for Affiliated Medical Services, Wisconsin’s only independent abortion clinic. We’re excited to have someone with Olivia’s experience on the campaign, and look forward to fighting together for a more just and equitable Milwaukee.
We are proud to announce that Pastor Dana Kelley has joined the campaign’s leadership team as our African American Outreach Director. Pastor Kelley is active in her church, in the community, and the movement for a Green New Deal here in Milwaukee. We are excited to have Pastor Kelley on the campaign, and look forward to fighting together for accountability, economic democracy, and climate justice here in Milwaukee.
Alex has been interviewed for Jacobin by Milwaukee DSA’s Mike McCarthy. In the interview, Alex talks about how he will use the office to fight for transformative change at city hall. Alex also talks about the challenges faced by our progressive, anti-establishment campaign, and how we will work to overcome those challenges by turning out new voters and expanding the electorate.