State Representative David Crowley defeated State Senator Chris Larson by fewer than 2,000 votes to become Milwaukee County’s next executive.
Crowley takes over for outgoing County Executive Chris Abele, who did not run for reelection.
Crowley is a Milwaukee native who said in his campaign that he wanted to bridge gaps between communities within the county.
“You have some of the nicest places to live in Milwaukee County, some of the nicest school systems in Milwaukee County, and there are communities that have a lot of challenges, which means you have a tale of two counties,” he said in an interview on the Madison365 show Real Talk with Henry Sanders earlier this year.
Crowley is the first Black person elected as Milwaukee County Executive. Lee Holloway became the first Black County Executive when Scott Walker vacated the position to become governor of Wisconsin.