Milwaukee Common Council upholds mayoral veto of aldermanic map

By: - December 15, 2021 5:30 am

The People’s Maps Commission proposal for Wisconsin’s Assembly districts.

The Milwaukee Common Council has voted unanimously to sustain Mayor Tom Barrett’s veto of the aldermanic map approved by the Council in late November. Barrett vetoed the map in early December.  The immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera sent a letter to Barrett requesting that he veto the map. Voces argued that it would be possible to create a third solid majority Latino aldermanic district on the far South Side, without disturbing the super-majorities of Latino residents in other districts.

Following the Council’s unanimous vote, the Voces de la Frontera Fair Maps Commission issued a statement: “The Latinx community was united in first urging the mayor and now the Common Council to reject this map that fractured Latinx voters on Milwaukee’s far south side into three separate districts, rather than allowing for the creation of a third Latinx majority or plurality aldermanic district,” the group declared.

“Milwaukee’s Latinx community has grown dramatically over the past decade,” the statement continued, “and it will continue to grow over the next decade. Any new aldermanic district map must reflect this dramatic growth of Milwaukee’s Latinx community.” Jesús Salas, a member of Voces’ Fair Maps Commission, called the vote “a tremendous victory for the Latinx community.”

“We were able to impress upon the mayor to veto the first map and for the city council to sustain the veto unanimously,” Salas said. “It shows that the Latinx community deserves consideration and that we will hopefully have the power to elect a third representative of our choosing.”


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Isiah Holmes
Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. He was also featured in the 2018 documentary The Chase Key, and was the recipient of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group 2021 Environmental Hero of the Year award.