from my email inbox this morning:
I am excited to share the news with you that I am running for re-election as Milwaukee County Executive.
Milwaukee County is a great place to live, and we have made a lot of progress addressing the challenges I inherited almost nine years ago, improving services, and making government more efficient for the people we serve. But we still have much more work to do to bring true equity to our community. Our communities of color are being held back by systemic racism, and too many working families of all backgrounds do not have opportunities to grow into the middle class and beyond.
I am running for re-election to ensure that the County is part of the solution to what I believe are the most significant problems we face in Milwaukee. We can absolutely address racial disparities, make our communities healthier, and broaden opportunity for all if those are the goals we commit to and hold ourselves accountable to achieving those results. I am running for re-election to do exactly that and those are the goals I am committing to.
When we set the goal of eliminating chronic homelessness in three years using the Housing First model, we knew that was an audacious goal, but we also knew it was doable. Milwaukee County recently became the largest metro area to pull that off.
When President Obama challenged us to get as many uninsured residents signed up on the Affordable Care Act as possible, Milwaukee County led the way, signed up the highest percentage of people for health insurance, and won the White House challenge.
Now we’re ready to address our next set of challenges, and it starts with how the state of Wisconsin funds local governments, specifically Milwaukee County.
Compared to a decade ago, Milwaukee County taxpayers send nearly half a billion dollars more in tax revenue every year to the state, but the amount we receive back from the state has barely changed. This imbalance severely restricts our ability to fund social services and make critical investments back in our communities.
If we can work with the state to reform how county government is funded, I am really excited about what we can accomplish in Milwaukee County, not just in the next four years, but in the next four decades. Having to start every budget by figuring out how to cut, on average, $25 million, is no way to deliver the effective government that Milwaukee deserves. I will continue to work hard to find a solution so we can not only stop the bleeding, but finally be able to have the resources to tackle the big, systemic challenges like racial disparities that are holding us all back from thriving.
Milwaukee County has a bright future and I feel like we’re just getting started.
If you are ready to fight with me for the community we love, then we need your help in this campaign. I am asking you to get involved in any way you can to help our effort – from knocking doors, displaying a yard sign, or simply sharing our video on social media – because we need everybody involved to help shape Milwaukee’s future.
I am excited about this campaign, and I am looking forward to talking with you on the campaign trail soon.
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Chris Abele for County Executive
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Milwaukee, WI 53203