MILWAUKEE, WI — Evan Goyke, a Wisconsin State Representative and former public defender, announced today his campaign for Milwaukee City Attorney.

“Milwaukee needs leadership that will meet the obligations of today while also building for the future,” said Rep. Goyke. “As City Attorney, I will provide proven, accountable, effective leadership. We will work to make the city safer, ensure we serve our stakeholders, and set a good example for our city and our community.”

Evan was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012 and continues to serve in that role representing the 18th Assembly District, which includes neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s north and west sides as well as parts of Wauwatosa.

Evan serves as the senior Assembly Democrat on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. In this role, Evan is a leading voice for Wisconsin’s two-year state budget and has advocated for public schools, healthcare, and increased local government funding among many other important issues. He has also served on the Judiciary Committee and the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

During his tenure in the Legislature, Evan successfully worked across the aisle to pass legislation benefiting Milwaukee. Evan partnered with the City Attorney’s office and local stakeholders to address repeated nuisance complaints at tobacco outlets. These properties exploited a loophole in state law and too frequently became magnets of criminal activity. Passing this state legislation has empowered residents, alderpersons, and the City of Milwaukee to hold property owners accountable, improve quality of life and reduce crime.

“Milwaukee needs a leader in the City Attorney’s office who will prioritize the everyday, quality-of-life issues we face and help guide a prosperous path forward for our City,” said Goyke. “I’m ready to be that leader.”

Evan and his wife Gabriela (Gaby) live on Milwaukee’s near west side. They share their home with Pistachio, their six-pound ferocious guard dog, and their young son Miguel. Gaby is also a graduate of Marquette University Law School and works as a public defender within the Federal legal system. Both are active in their neighborhood and broader community.

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