Harris wins special election for vacated Board seat
Nikiya Harris will fulfill the remainder of former Milwaukee County Supervisor Tony Clark’s term after defeating business consultant Wallace White in a special election Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Harris, a development assistant for the Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center, garnered 736 votes to White’s 331. White, 76, is the former executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD).
Harris plans to resign from her position with the Urban Ecology Center to devote her full attention to representing the Second District, which encompasses part of Milwaukee’s northwest side.
Clark vacated the district seat after her felony conviction for filing a false campaign report.
Some political observers believe Harris’ youth, vision and energy won the day over the public and private sector experience offered by the more well known and community connected White.
After her victory was announced, Harris promised to be an outspoken advocate for her constituents and tackle the myriad of problems that beset the county and her district, such as the preservation of county employee jobs. She said she opposes the privatization of county functions.