On November 3, 2020, US Representative Gwen Moore won her 9th term to represent Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District. When this term is complete, she will have served 18 years in Washington and be 71 years old.
Now, I have nothing personal against Rep. Moore. I realize that she is an icon in Milwaukee and Wisconsin Democratic circles. I realize that she has been a ground breaking politician in a number of different arenas. I realize that she is well loved and well respected across the Democratic spectrum. And I have voted for her nine times now.
But I am also recognizing that if the United States and Wisconsin and Milwaukee are going to grow to the next level, we need fresh voices at the table in Congress. And it’s not like we don’t have at least a dozen A list Democratic elected officials in the district who can build on Rep. Moore’s legacy…the hard choice will be selecting which one!
And of course, no Democrat in the 4th will take on the respected incumbent.
So, my suggstion is, that sometime after the new Congress is seated and the new President is sworn in on January 20th, that Rep. Moore announce that she will not run for another term in 2022. That will allow other Democrats to put together their exploratory committees, feel out their support, and put together a campaign team if they decide to pursue the seat. Let’s make sure we give everyone enough time to do this right!