Let me kick off things here at The Spotlight by welcoming those of you who are reading this. I'm glad to be a part of the SouthMilwaukeeNOW community, and I look forward to having some great discussions about issues making news. While this blog will try to focus on stories and issues making news in the South Shore communities, from time to time you might catch me writing about a stories making news on the state and national level.
Having said all that, here's a few random post-election thoughts:
- It's good to see a new face on the South Milwaukee Common Council in the form of newly elected alderman Erik Brooks. Brooks ran a great campaign in South Milwaukee's fourth district, and he should be a good addition to the Common Council. One issue he talked about during his campaign was improving the City of South Milwaukee's website to bring it into the 21st century, and as someone who uses the web a lot, I think that's a great idea. The internet is an amazing wealth of information, and it's a shame South Milwaukee's city government isn't doing more to utilize their internet portal as a means of communicating with residents.
- Now that the spring 2009 election is over, the rumor mill has already started working overtime speculating about next year's spring and fall elections. I'm hearing lots of names being rumored to be interested in either running for office, or running for higher office, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see serious challengers to both State Senator Jeff Plale and State Representative Chris Sinicki.
- Speaking of State Representatives, who'll step up to run against Rep. Mark Honadel in 2010? I'd like to see a rematch of the Brower-Honadel race from 2008, but if I were a betting man, I'd put the chances of a rematch at less than 50-50. However, if Glen Brower doesn't run again, who will? What brave Democrat will step up to challenge Rep. Honadel?