The city’s comptroller is the financial watchdog for the City of Milwaukee, but most Milwaukeeans don’t know who the current comptroller is or what they do. This needs to change.
As an educator in Milwaukee Public Schools, a labor leader, and community organizer in the credit union and cooperative business movements, I have dedicated my work to fighting for a just society, sustainable environment, and democratic economy.
As the City of Milwaukee Comptroller, I will use the office like other progressive comptrollers around the country to increase public access to information such as expenditures and contracts and how they will impact our city.
My values will help bring needed change to Milwaukee. I humbly ask for your vote on February 18, 2020 (possible primary election) and April 7, 2020 (general election). Thank you for your consideration!
As City Comptroller, I will work with policy makers and community leaders to:
Increase Accountability and Transparency by making the city’s financial information more accessible to the public and not just politicians.
Replace WE Energies with a municipal utility to drive down utility bills and generate energy from renewable sources. According to the American Public Power Association, public power utilities have lower rates than other types of electrical utilities, saving customers an average of 13% on their electrical bills. Public power utilities are also more reliable than private utilities. Without including major events like storms, customers of a public utility will, on average, have 74 minutes per year without power, compared to 136 minutes per year for customers of private utilities. A municipal utility would also be free to pursue actions like transitioning to renewable energy, another area where public power utilities have demonstrated success. In 2017, more than 40% of the electricity generated by public power facilities was generated from non-carbon emitting sources, and between 2005 and 2017, public power utilities reduced their carbon emissions by 33%. A publicly owned municipal utility would allow Milwaukee’s residents to take democratic control over our energy production, so that our utility serves the interests of the people rather than corporate shareholders.
Establish a Public Bank to provide quality, low-cost services to local government, citizens, and commerce. With a public bank we can spur economic development in the city of Milwaukee that will benefit the many, not the few.
Fight for Public Schools by using the comptroller’s seat on the charter school review committee to hold charter schools accountable.