Mayor Barrett to deliver State of the City address: “A message of optimism and hope”

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is set to deliver his "State of the City" address on Monday morning, February 8th, and it is already generating a lot of opinions from the men challenging him in the upcoming election. Barrett says his speech is one of optimism and hope -- but his challengers don't see it that way.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Mayor Barrett will deliver his address at the Hmong American Peace Academy near 84th and Glendale at 8:40 a.m.

On Sunday, during a rehearsal, Mayor Barrett said there is lots of positive news to share.

"At the end of 2015, there were more Milwaukee residents that were working than at any point since 2001," Mayor Barrett said.

Barrett said in his State of the City address, he plans to tout a reduction in the city's teen pregnancy rate, and the city's infant mortality rate. He will also highlight the thousand foreclosed homes sold over the past two years.

"We`re really delivering a message of optimism and hope," Mayor Barrett said.

State of the City address

State of the City address

The positive message is coming at a critical time for Mayor Barrett. He is ramping up his re-election bid and his challengers will be watching the speech closely.

Alderman Bob Donovan

Alderman Bob Donovan

"Tom Barrett may be a lot of things, but he is certainly not a leader," Alderman Bob Donovan said.

Donovan is running for mayor of Milwaukee. He questions Barrett's employment statistics.

"What people I see working are barely making ends meet," Donovan said.

Donovan offers a different state of the city of Milwaukee.

"There are 174,000 Milwaukeeans living in poverty. 174,000!" Donovan said.

Barrett admits crime continues to be a problem in Milwaukee -- but still manages a spin.

"The fact that police have picked up 9% more guns this year," Mayor Barrett said.

With the primary coming up on February 16th and the general election in April, challengers like Alderman Joe Davis are making sure these issues are heard beyond any one speech.

Alderman Joe Davis

Alderman Joe Davis

"We`ve actually seen carjackings, non-fatal (shootings) and homicides, gun violence -- all of those negative things that actually impact the city," Davis said.

James Methu

James Methu

James Methu is also running for mayor. He says the poverty rate has increased in Milwaukee at an alarming rate. He says Milwaukee is a great city, but its infrastructure is crumbling.

9 comments

  • chris

    Oh this ought to be good for a laugh. Here’s the state of the city. Crime is out of control, you and your puppet Flynn have hamstringed the police from effectively performing their jobs. Your Liberal ways punish the police and reward the criminal. Your courts and DA are a joke but the trolley will be up and running soon. Miss anything?

  • Fred

    Optimism & hope…….I’m optimistic that more people this year will figure out that the liberal justice system in Milwaukee isn’t working, so they’ll rely more upon themselves to stop the criminals…….and I have hope that these repeat criminals will find themselves looking at a victim who refuses to be a victim – and puts a stop to them permanently.

  • Chrisco

    I had the so called honor of rebuilding those fore closed houses. The white people and hispanics fix them up. Milwaukee sells them to so called deserving people. I am the guy who handles warranty work after they have lived there a year. Most look the same as when we started.

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