Milwaukee Mayor Barrett to seek fifth term in office

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he is running for a fifth term in office.

Barrett made the announcement Wednesday but he has long been expected to seek another term. The Milwaukee native was a key player in the effort to bring the Democratic National Convention to the city next year.

Barrett was first elected in 2004. The Democrat ran for governor twice against then-Gov. Scott Walker but was defeated in 2010 and in 2012 when Walker survived a recall election.

Barrett is entering what is already a crowded field of mayoral candidates. Eight others are running, including Alderman Anthony Zielinski and state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Before becoming mayor, Barrett was a state legislator and served five terms in Congress.

The election is April 7 next year.

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