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2012 Milwaukee mayoral election

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2012 Milwaukee mayoral election
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Candidate Tom Barrett Edward McDonald
Popular vote 54,640 22,388
Percentage 70.46% 28.87%

Mayor before election

Tom Barrett

Elected Mayor

Tom Barrett

The 2012 Milwaukee mayoral election was held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, to elect the mayor for Milwaukee. Incumbent mayor Tom Barrett was elected to a third term, defeating Edward McDonald.[1] This election coincided with other municipal elections, including an unopposed re-election bid for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and contested elections for City Comptroller, City Treasurer, and the Common Council.[2]

Municipal elections in Wisconsin are non-partisan. The non-partisan primary was held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, to narrow the field of candidates to two.[2]

Primary election



  • Bill Wenz, former real estate broker[2]


Non-partisan primary results, February 21, 2012[4]
Candidate Votes %
Tom Barrett 27,835 80.56
Edward C. McDonald 5,224 15.12
Ieshuh Griffin 1,148 3.32
Write-In 346 1.00
Total votes 34,553 100
Voter turnout 11.67%

General election



General election results, April 3, 2012[5]
Candidate Votes %
Tom Barrett 54,640 70.46
Edward C. McDonald 22,388 28.87
Write-In 517 0.67
Total votes 77,545 100

Barrett announced on March 30, 2012 that he will run in the Democratic primary for Governor in the recall election to face incumbent Scott Walker and subsequently lost.[6]


  1. ^ "Tom Barrett re-elected as Milwaukee mayor". Wisconsin State Journal. Associated Press. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Schultze, Steve; Sandler, Larry (January 3, 2012). "Abele, Barrett see little opposition in spring races". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Sandler, Larry (January 31, 2012). "1 of Ald. Coggs' opponents kept off ballot". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Spring Primary Election City of Milwaukee". City of Milwaukee. February 22, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "Presidential Preference Election City of Milwaukee". City of Milwaukee. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Bice, Daniel; Sandler, Larry; Marley, Patrick (March 30, 2012). "Barrett will run in recall election". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
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