040616-fp-top-fold-pix-2Abele Defeats Larson

“We’re going to take more opportunities to lead”

Milwaukee – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele won re-election to a second four-year term by defeating challenger state Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee).

After a close primary race in February, in which Larson beat Abele by over 700 votes, Abele was able to regroup and defend his seat with an impressive decisive victory.

Abele spent $4 million of his own money since last July, and loaded broadcast airwaves and mailboxes with messages, to defeat Larson.

“I said five years ago I wasn’t gonna waste your time saying who the bad guy is, who the enemies are, who to be angry at. I’m not going to waste your time looking for fights. I’m gonna spend my time looking for partners and solutions,” Abele said.

State Sen. Chris Larson was first elected to the state Legislature in 2010 and is the youngest state senator. He has also served as a Milwaukee County supervisor.

Abele was elected in 2011 to succeed now-Gov. Scott Walker.

During his victory speech, Abele thanked his supporters and talked about “rolling up his sleeves and stepping up his game.

Abele said that he will continue to fight poverty, unemployment and incarceration in inner-city communities.

Nineteen municipalities make up Milwaukee County.