By Bria Grant
Seventh district Alderman Willie Wade announced on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 that he is not seek re-election.
“It’s been a wonderful ride,” Wade said at a morning news conference at Gee’s Clippers on W. Fond du Lac Ave. “And all good things, at some point, have to come to an end.”
Alderman Wade was elected to the Common Council during a special election in April 2003 and was re-elected to his fourth term as 7th District alderman in April 2012.
During his tenure he has served as a commissioner on the board of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM), as a commissioner of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), as a member of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), as chair of the Century City Redevelopment Corp. (CCRC), as chair of the Fresh Coast Basketball Classic and as an Environmental Justice Task Force Liaison for the Advisory Committee for SEWRPC.
Alderman Wade is the vice chair of the Community & Economic Development and Public Works Committees, and is a member of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee.
As he announced his decision not to seek reelection to the Common Council, he also provided an endorsement to current County Supervisor, Khalif Rainey, who seeks to replace the long serving Alderman.
This election will be one to watch, as there are a number of well qualified candidates attempting to obtain that 7th Aldermanic seat including MPS Board Director Milwaukee Bonds and David Crowley, former legislative assistant to 6th district Sen. Nikiyia Harris-Dodds.