Assembly District 21 – Erik Brooks

Who I am

Erik Brooks, 44, has deep roots in the South Shore and Milwaukee area. He grew up on Milwaukee’s South Side and graduated from St. Thomas More High School and Marquette University. In 2002, he and his wife, Sarah, returned to the area to start a family and chose the South Shore, and proudly still do today. He and Sarah, a South Milwaukee School Board member, are the parents of a freshman at South Milwaukee High School, and sixth grader at South Milwaukee Middle School. Erik has served in government since 2009, when he was elected alderman in the City of South Milwaukee. He was elected mayor in 2014, beating the incumbent with more than 60% of the vote, and was re-elected in 2017 with more than 80% support. He ran unopposed for a third term in 2020. Along the way, he has focused on partnering to invest in areas like economic and downtown development; public safety and health; technology and efficiency; the Oak Creek watershed; utilities and infrastructure; and enhanced communications. Erik also owns a South Milwaukee-based small business, and has worked in communications for more than 20 years.

Why I am Running

Madison is broken, more polarized by partisanship than ever before. From the partisan games played with every biennial budget … to lame duck session power grabs … to the inaction on key issues like transportation, education and health … to the lack of leadership shown as we voted amid a pandemic, and the discord we’re seeing as we look to reopen the economy … our legislature is not working for you. Often, it’s not working at all. It doesn’t have to be this way. South Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Franklin deserve better. They deserve someone who will build bridges to address the big issues facing our state, especially now, as we navigate through a health crisis and begin to assess what the new normal should look like in Wisconsin. It’s simple: We are stronger, together. I have brought that philosophy to life as South Milwaukee mayor, and I will bring that to the Capitol. I will stand for investments in schools and cities, making sure they have what they need to invest in the services that touch people every day. A lot of times, that means getting the state the heck out of the way, and restoring local control the legislature has taken from communities in big and small ways for more than a decade. It means giving communities more flexibility to fund our first responders, public works crews, public health workers, libraries, and other services — and increasing our ability to fix local roads and invest in utilities and other critical infrastructure. It also means giving our first-class South Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Franklin schools the tools and funding flexibility they need to educate our kids and serve the community in these incredibly challenging times. I will stand for smart investments in areas like public safety, public education, health, economic development, transportation, a strong safety net, and more. We’ll do that while ensuring the state is a good steward of taxpayer (your) money, just as we’ve done in South Milwaukee for years. And as a career communications professional, I will stand for transparency, making sure you are engaged every step of the way. In doing so, I will stand against business as usual in Madison, where politics has become a zero-sum game, and if I’m right, you are not only wrong, you must also be shouted down and ridiculed because of it. I will stand against lawmakers looking to score political points — sometimes, and shamefully, in the middle of a crisis — instead of actually moving our state forward.

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