On Wednesday's Charlie Sykes' show, Milwaukee County Supervisor Joe Sanfelippo announced his candidacy for an open seat in the 15th Assembly District.
Sanfelippo, a known voice for fiscal conservatism on the County Board, is also a local policy star among conservatives. Separately, he championed the cause of downsizing the County Board while also proposing a resolution to convert 19 full-time Supervisor positions into part-time jobs.
Sanfelippo was also instrumental in helping Milwaukee County secure a second majority Latino district. Last spring, the County Board voted to pass a preliminary redistricting map that would have blocked Latinos from attaining a second majority voting age district. Supervisors Peggy West and Marina Dimitrijevic were among the majority that voted for the County's preliminary map. When questioned, West told El Conquistador that a second majority district could not have been created without increasing the current size of the County Board.
At El Conquistador's request, Sanfelippo created an alternative map proving a second majority district could have been created without increasing the size of the Board. Ultimately, Sanfelippo's map became the cornerstone for compelling the County Board to alter their preliminary map to reflect the size, growth, and vitality of the Hispanic community. Supervisor Sanfelippo, whose district had less than 5% voting age Latinos, stood up for the Hispanic community in a way representatives in the Hispanic community did not. We wish him well in Assembly campaign.