For the first time in the 176-year history of Milwaukee, a Black man will be mayor. With a decisive 72% of the vote, Cavalier Johnson won the special mayoral election. This comes after Johnson served as mayor incumbent for months after the previous mayor, Tom Barrett, accepted the position of US ambassador to Luxembourg back in August.
The weight of this moment isn't lost on Johnson in the least. In an interview shortly after his victory, he described a young boy from the area he grew up in.
"Last night, at my victory party one of the first people I spoke to was a 9-year-old Black boy. A 9-year-old kid who is growing up in the same neighborhood I grew up in. I happened to see him at Church at Holy Redeemer this past Sunday, and he begged his grandmother to bring him down to the victory party because he wanted to be a part of that. Now, that little boy who's growing up in the most depressed, challenged neighborhoods in Milwaukee, he can see that there's a space for him too," Johnson shared.