This race is unique due to the fact that while it is a Democratic primary, it shows three factions that exist in the party and opens the debate to which would best serve the constituents. This race also has some serious dynamics that will surely come into play in these final four weeks before the primary.
Bowen has picked up where his predecessor, Eyon Biddle, left off and has been an active supporter of the Ready to Work Program, which has already helped many unemployed people gain the skills they needed and have landed jobs that average a family supporting wage of $15 per hour. Likewise, Bowen has been the leader on the passage of the living wage ordinance in Milwaukee County.
Bowen has been spoken highly and supported by US. Representative Gwen Moore and State Representative Evan Goyke. Most significantly, he has been endorsed by Representative Sandy Pasch, who is the current representative of that district.
The next candidate is Bria Grant. Grant is the education privatization candidate and is being propped up by sell out Senator Lena Taylor, who's probably looking for one more payout from the education profiteers before she is bounced out of office herself.
The third candidate in this primary is Tia Torhorst, a member of the Abele Party. Abele is having her run because he wants to increase his "sphere of influence" in Madison, meaning he wants people that will introduce and pass things he wants when he can't get his way in Milwaukee County.
Even though she claims to be "progressive," in reality, she is about as progressive as her boss. She had fought hard against the Ready to Work program, trying to kill it all along the way. As Noth notes in his column, this isn't the only thing she is trying to mislead people on:
Her literature points out that she is the only candidate living in the district and is the best spokesperson for public education, knowing how highly regarded public schools are in Shorewood and that MPS’ Rufus King is one of the nation’s highest rated high schools.Noth also accurately points out that she was more than willing to testify in Madison in favor of limiting representative government in Milwaukee County. How is that progressive by any stretch of the imagination?
Such campaign statements raise eyebrows, particularly “the only candidate with a child in a public school in the district.” That has to be parsed carefully. By “district” she means Shorewood, which doesn’t yet have the voucher schools and diverse options and confusions the city part of the district contends with. And the hint that the other candidates are “carpetbagging”? Bowen represented part of the district on the Milwaukee board and is moving into a house in the community. Grant says she does her main work in the district. Since Bowen is a bachelor he doesn’t have a child in any school. Grant has a child entering an MPS school in the fall.
Even though Bowen is obviously the only worthy candidate, this race will be anything but a cakewalk for him.
Even though his supervisory district does overlap with part of AD 10, there is a lot of people who are unfamiliar with him, especially in the Shorewood area. Besides the challenge of just getting his name and his positions out there, he is also facing an uphill battle in regards to money. Grant will have the financial backing of the education profiteering special interests. Torhorst, who already boasts of her fundraising skills, is getting a lot of direct and indirect support from her boss, Chris Abele.
To learn more about Bowen, check out his website and his Facebook page. To help Bowen overcome the big money of the school profiteers and the plutocrats, please give what you can to his campaign.