Just over a week ago at the Milwaukee Democrat monthly meeting, a friend pulled me aside and asked me if I knew who was going to run against Alderman Zielinski. I hadn’t heard and was hoping he wasn’t suggesting that I throw my hat in this ring as someone else had after my school board loss. Well, I hadn’t heard a thing about it.
Well today, the Bay View Compass published an article about Bay View attorney Jan Pierce, who has announced his candidacy for the 14th Aldermanic seat.
Mr. Pierce is currently employed as an attorney with Mawicke & Goisman, S.C., a Milwaukee business law firm. If elected alderman he has promised to leave the firm and work as the 14th District alderman full time.
The article states he purchased a home in Bay View in 2007 but doesn’t disclose if he was a resident of Bay View prior to becoming a home owner.
Pierce said he believes that the alderman should be a “typical Bay View person.”
I don’t know, but for a neighborhood that prides itself on diversity at all levels and it’s long history, a short term resident and attorney doesn’t sound like the typical Bay View person unless you too are one of the recent emigres from other parts of the city.
Pierce added that he’d like to encourage “hip-and-trendy” boutiques to take root in the district.
I don’t see this as a particularly different stance than Alderman Zielinski concerning development in Bay View. Because we’ve got plenty of hip and trendy boutiques and hip and trendy bistros and bars that the alderman has supported. Bay View is already a known commodity as an entertainment destination.
What we really need are real jobs in larger businesses that pay living wages with benefits. Not another purveyor of mac and cheese at wait staff salaries. We don’t want to become another Water Street or East Side. Although slow to react to this need, Alderman Zielinski has started to work in that direction with his support of green energy initiatives, the aquaculture center on Robinson, and various plans for brown field that was the Army Reserve Center just north of the Buelah Brinton center.
Mr. Pierce’s campaign treasurer is listed as Patty Pritchard Thompson, former President of the Bay View Neighborhood Association President and campaign treasurer for Meagan Holman’s successful 8th District Milwaukee School Board Campaign.
“I am not a career politician, and I am not burdened by years of politically motivated decisions or loyalties,” Pierce said.
Pierce said he never dreamed of getting into politics, but always felt he had the disposition to be a good lawyer. “Nobody really understands what it means to be a lawyer until you become one, but early on I had a sense I had the right personality for it. This is going to sound cheesy: I liked creating order out of chaos,” Pierce said.
Well, career politician or no, Bay View needs real jobs, better management of development, vibrant public transportation, protection of our parks and natural resources, and improvements in our local schools. If Mr. Pierce wants to unseat the very popular Alderman Zielinski (won in 2008 with 80+% of the vote), he will need fresh innovative plans and he’ll need them quickly.
And how about property taxes?
And this one poor sentence was hidden in the middle of the article:
Zielinski told the Compass he takes any challenger seriously.
Well of course he does!
6/9/2011 update: first of three followup articles