If we are lucky enough that Barrett is elected Governor, we will need a new Mayor in Milwaukee. Who will be the next Daniel Hoan?
Dan Hoan was Milwaukee’s second socialist mayor, elected in 1916. He was not only the second longest-serving Mayor in Milwaukee’s history, but he was the longest-serving socialist politician in the United States. Before becoming mayor, he was our City Attorney and rooted out corruption in our municipal government.
Riding a wave of public disgust with corruption in government and the polluted remnants of the industrial revolution, the Milwaukee “sewer” socialists won a majority of seats in the 1910 local elections. The socialists upgraded our sewer system, added street lights, cleaned up the neighborhoods and our government.
There is a lot unhappiness with government these days as well. Obama and the democrats road that wave into office in the last elections. Unfortunately, the new political reform movements seem to be more reactionary with few new ideas about fixing the problems in our current society beyond dismantling all progressive government programs.
In so many ways, we are standing at a crossroads of sorts in Milwaukee. The bicycle is experiencing is a real grass-roots growth in popularity and the Hoan Bridge desperately needs to be repaired. If Barrett makes it to Madison and Milwaukee does elect a modern version of Daniel Hoan, maybe then I will finally be able to ride across the bridge of my dreams.