Milwaukee – The Social Development Commission (SDC) has certified the candidates who will appear on the-County-wide ballot for six Board Commissionseats. Seven candidates will vie for six seats. The election is scheduled for Friday April 12, 2013 at six locations through Milwaukee County. For detailed information about polling sites and certified candidates, visit the SDC website atwww.cr-sdc.org. SDC is a quasi-governmental, anti-poverty agency providing human services to Milwaukee County for the past fifty years.
SDC holds public
elections every three its 18 person Board of Commissioners. Other commissioners are appointed from six government entities inMilwaukee County and six non-profit entities. Thesix elected persons represent their constituents in the Board’s important work of formulating and implementing policy for SDC and its programs.
The certified candidates are: Kristina McHenry (District One which covers much of northern Milwaukee County), Delta L. Triplett, Derek J. Williams, and Virgie Wynn (District Two which contains much of the City of Milwaukee’s Northside), Elizabeth Coppola(District Three which includes the City of Milwaukee’s Westside and Near Northside), ViAnna J. Jordan (District Four which coversthe City of Milwaukee’s Eastside), and Alma Ramirez (District Five which includes the City of Milwaukee’s Southside). No candidates were certified for District Six which includes much of Milwaukee’s Bay View and far Southside neighborhoods as well as the County’s southern and southwestern suburban communities. All certified candidates were required to returnnomination papers with the required 200 valid signatures by March 28, 2013.
Residents who submitted nomination papersbut were not certified are George Matthews in District 2 and Shewaunee Bowers in District 3.
Voting for the SDC Board Elections will be held at a polling site in each of the six districts on April 12 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. Votersmust be Milwaukee County residents, live in the district in which they vote, be at least 18 years of age, and be a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant. Voters will need to show at the polls identification like a driver’s license, a Senior Citizen ID or a Wisconsin identification card plus proof of current residency in the district such as a utility bill or rent receipt that lists their current address. Write-in candidates are accepted and will determine at least the Commissioner who will represent District Six.
Voting locations in each of the six SDC Districts are:
5460 N. 64th Street
of God Church
3725 N. Sherman Blvd
3430 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Clinton Rose Center
3045 N. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Dr.
2701 S. Chase Ave.
Alum Hall (Use Main Entrance) 3400 S. 43rd St. Milwaukee, WI
The newly-elected Board Commissioners,along with their 12 other appointed Commissioners, will play an important leadership role in addressing issues facing the agency during their three year terms. As a quasi-governmental entity, much of SDC’s federal funding is subject to the federal sequestration’s 5% budget reduction. Demand for services continues to increase as the effects of the recession continue to be felt throughout the County, and significantly in the City of Milwaukee. The agency is also in the process of hiring a permanent CEO.
SDC continues to maximize its impact on the community, assisting thousands of families, children and residents with free tax preparation in its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program,with overdue utility bills through the Energy Assistance program, with making homes safe and energy efficient with SDC’s Residential Services and Lead Hazard Reduction Assistance program,with early childhood education preparation in its Head Start programs and with financial literacy, education and job readiness in its numerous workforce development programs. To learn more about SDC programs as well as the April 12thBoard Elections, visit www.cr-sdc.org.