Milwaukee, WI – The following statement was released by Business Manager Dean A. Warsh of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 494 regarding the April 5th election results:

“IBEW 494 is proud and thrilled about tonight’s election result in the City of Milwaukee and its surrounding communities,” said Dean A. Warsh, Business Manager for IBEW Local 494. “Tonight was history-making and Local 494 is extremely hopeful for the future of the City of Milwaukee and all that a Mayor Cavalier Johnson administration can and we are confident will bring to the city.”

“Local 494 was the first union to endorse his mayoral candidacy and the only labor union to endorse him in the February primary election that Mayor Johnson won handily out of a field of 7 candidates – a testament to his strength as a leader and the confidence that the electorate felt for his vision for the future of Milwaukee,” added Business Manager Warsh. “His strong finish only strengthened our commitment to his candidacy and we worked to lead the charge where possible to ensure Mayor Johnson was the clear leader to rally behind for the April 5th general election.”

“We continue to share the Mayor’s commitment to sustainable, progressive change for Milwaukee, and we know that he will continue to be a champion for working families and our issues. Mayor Johnson early on in this race, laid out a comprehensive plan to grow Milwaukee’s economy, raise wages, expand apprenticeships, work to create opportunities for marginalized workers, and make sure every neighborhood in Milwaukee shares in that growth. He has a proven history of supporting organized labor and we look forward to continuing to be a partner with him in creating high-paying jobs for Milwaukee and the surrounding area’s residents.”

“Not only did Local 494 endorse in the City of Milwaukee’s Mayor’s race, we also supported multiple candidates throughout Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Waukesha counties; that included IBEW Local 494 members Oconomowoc Alderman John Zapfel, Sheboygan County Supervisor Curt Brauer and first time candidate Zachary Rust running to be the next member of the City of Sheboygan Common Council. Local 494 strongly encourages our members to run for public office and we are always proud of their efforts to strengthen their communities not only through their work as committed professionals of their trade, but also as engaged members of their community in elected office,” concluded Mr. Warsh.

Local 494 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) proudly represents electrical professionals in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Fond Du Lac, Sheboygan and Dodge counties; along with Wisconsin political campaign workers and now the workers of Colectivo Coffee Roasters. Visit for more information. Follow us on twitter @IBEWlocal494 and “like” us on Facebook at

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