The decision by Milwaukee County Supervisor Johnny Thomas not to seek reelection next year in order to run for the City of Milwaukee Comptroller seat that has been vacated by Wally Morics has set off a crowded race to succeed Thomas in the 18th supervisory district, with three candidates having declared their intentions to seek the seat. Among those candidates is Deanna Alexander, who according to her bio is currently employed as a Fiscal Assistant II for Milwaukee County.
In a recent Facebook status update on her campaign page, Alexander noted that the first question asked of her when she’s knocking on doors is usually either “What do you think of Scott Walker?” or “What do you think of President Obama?” Alexander didn’t actually provide the answers to those questions, but when I asked her what she thought of President Obama and Gov. Walker, she responded by saying she thought what Gov. Walker implemented with the state budget “looks good on paper and has been reasonably good for the state.” As a followup, I asked Alexander if she supported the virtual elimination of collective bargaining rights for public employees, and she responded expressing her support for the provisions of Wisconsin Act 10 that repealed virtually all collective bargaining rights for public employees. Alexander also expressed her support for small government, stating, “I think the most important thing to recognize here is that the government is not in the business of employing people, nor should it be.”
Alexander ended her response to me by writing, “I am supportive of the changes our Governor has made. I support keeping Scott Walker in office.”
No doubt Alexander’s full-throated support for Scott Walker won’t win her many votes in the district she aspires to represent, a district full of folks who’ve been negatively affected by the state budget that Deanna Alexander thinks was “reasonably good for the state,” and the residents of the 18th supervisory district would probably be better served with someone other than a small government Scott Walker supporter on the County Board.