State Rep. Sandy Pasch Wins 10th Assembly District Seat

The Democrat from Whitefish Bay beat out three other Democrats to win the primary and the seat; she plans to move to Shorewood or Milwaukee in order to live in the new district.

After a hard-fought race filled with racial overtones and barbs aimed in her direction, Democrat Sandy Pasch will return to the state Assembly next year after defeating three other Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary election for the newly drawn 10th Assembly District.

"They came after her with nasty attack ads, but in true Sandy fashion, she rose above it, and we were able to succeed and we were able to win," said Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) to the crowd at Pasch's victory party at Art Bar in Riverwest Tuesday night.

By 10 p.m., with 17 percent of precincts reporting, Pasch had declared victory. No Republicans ran for the seat, so the Democratic primary winner will take office.

Pasch defeated African-American Democratic women — Ieshuh Griffin of Milwaukee and Millie Coby of Shorewood, along with Milwaukee's Harriet Callier, who dropped out of the race last week — with 63 percent of the votes, 3,531 total, to win the seat held by Rep. Elizabeth Coggs of Milwaukee, according to Patch media partners FOX6Coggs plans to run for her cousin Spencer Coggs’ Senate District 6 seat.

However, Coby, who garnered 1,751 votes for 31 percent of the total, said it's not the end of her fight for the 10th. She's done it for 20 years and she'll continue to work hard for its residents.

"I haven't lost anything. We have a lot of momentum and will continue to work hard and do what is necessary for the people of this 10th Assembly District," she said. "I'm in this district, I live in this district and I will continue to make sure we have resources and the ability to help the people in the district."

With 3 percent apiece were Callier and Griffin, with 179 and 177 votes, respectively.

Pasch, who lives in Whitefish Bay, has spent the last four years representing Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Glendale, River Hills, Fox Point and a portion of Mequon. After redistricting, that 22nd Assembly District no longer included Shorewood but now stretches into the Republican strongholds of Waukesha and Washington County.

"The Republicans are the ones who decided they didn't want me in office, but today the voters said they want me to represent them," she said.

To continue to serve in the Assembly, Pasch ran for the new 10th District seat, which still includes Shorewood residents she has represented in the past, but mostly includes neighborhoods in Milwaukee's north side.

Pasch was not exactly a household name in Milwaukee, but she said she spent months knocking on every door in the district listening to residents' concerns.

"A lot of people told me no one has ever knocked on their door before who is an actual candidate, and they were happy to have someone listen to them," she said. "People want someone who will fight for them and listen to them."

Race frequently became an issue in the campaign to represent the African-American neighborhoods on the north side of the city. Pasch said it was unfortunate that her race became an issue in the campaign, but said the black voters she talked to didn't seem to care about the color of her skin.

"One man told me he didn't care if I was black, white or polka-dotted," she said.

Shorewood comes up big for Pasch

The village voted for Pasch by an overwhelming majority — nearly 96 percent, according to unofficial results from the Shorewood Village Clerk's office.

Of the 3,531 ballots cast in her favor, Pasch received 2,060 from Shorewood residents, which is 35 percent of all of those who voted in the race.

Pasch said her Whitefish Bay home is for sale, and she and her husband Allan have been looking at homes in Shorewood and Milwaukee over the course of her campaign. Starting Sunday, that home search will become more aggressive, she said.

While the Assembly doesn't resume session until January, Pasch said her work to represent the new 10th District begins immediately, and she plans to use her bully pulpit to speak about poverty, unemployment, foreclosure, access to affordable health care and quality public education.

“I am excited to continue our fight and strengthen the influence and voice of Milwaukee’s communities as the State Representative for the 10th Assembly District," Pasch said.

Anne August 15, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Shoulda, woulda, coulda?? Didn't happen that way, did it?
mkelover August 15, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Wow Keith. You're a mean person full of rage and hate based on all of your comments. I did enjoy how you made assumptions about me based on ONE comment. I'll leave the name-calling and slandering to you. I simply found it funny that Sandy said race had nothing to do with her race but yet I got multiple mailings from her that showed only pics of her with African-Americans. But again, thanks for calling me a racist, clearly you're a fair and reasonable liberal.
Greg August 15, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Ribs for Votes finally paid off. When's moving day Sandy? I bet it takes her a few years to find that perfect house.
morninmist August 15, 2012 at 04:07 PM
A big congratulations to Sandy Pasch. Well done. @Progress2day Congratulations to State Rep. Sandy Pasch Wins 10th Assembly District Seat http://shorewood.patch.com/articles/pasch-wins-10th-assembly-district-seat #wiunion
David Tatarowicz August 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I think the election results speak much more about the voters than the candidates
Kelly Mac August 15, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I'm one of the Milwaukee residents whose vote went to her. I'm so happy she won! Quit the name calling and bickering, people. Please... People voted, it's done. If you want to have a recall...well, you know what to do. Ha! :-)
Michael Scott August 15, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Perhaps for different reasons, but I do agree with you on this statement. I think the results show pretty clearly that Shorewood is not nearly as progressive in its thinking as it would like to think it is. Only my opinion, but 96% going to the white candidate is tough to ignore.
David Tatarowicz August 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
@Michael Scott --- We do have the same reasoning
CowDung August 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Consider that the 'white candidate' was up against 'NOT the whiteman's bitch', a woman that dropped out of the race, and a woman that supposedly is a republican in disguise. Race likely wasn't the biggest factor in Shorewood favoring Pasch...
CowDung August 15, 2012 at 09:03 PM
...consider also that Republicans likely voted in the Republican primary rather than for anyone in the 10th District Democrat primary. Voters could not vote in both races.
Shorelander August 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
You are spot on, David. 96% of Shorewood voters (mostly known as "white voters") went for Pasch. Prior to Shorewood being added to the vote totals, Coby was up by 10 points. Interesting that the non-white voters voted 55/45 for the "their" candidate, but the white voters went 94/6 for "their" candidate. -- Which group is racist? It's interesting the African American groups didn't (also) file suit against the new legislative districts. With voting patterns the way they are, Shorewood always having a high voter turnout, that district will *never* get a minority elected. Congrats to Sandy .. the Republicans drew the lines to kick her out of Madison, and she found a way to carpetbag herself right back there. Well done.
N. Peske August 15, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Fascinating to see how racist mentalities and identity politics play out every which way. Shorewood is mostly white. Pasch one. Pasch is white. It does not follow that Shorewood voted for Pasch because she is white. Logic 101...did none of you take it in college?
Keith Schmitz August 15, 2012 at 09:35 PM
So what you are saying CD is that Coby would have largely gotten Republican votes if there was no primary for US Senate. It turns out that people in Shorewood will vote for a better candidate regardless of race, and Sandy happened to be a better candidate at this time. Pretty much this smokes out the bogus sympathy for Millie Coby on the part of the righties on this blog, which is an insult to Millie, because you were using here as a tool to attack Sandy. If Millie wasn't supporting school choice there would be plenty of sneering to be sure about how she would want to live off your tax money. So please. Spare us. Righties always whine that support minorities that support our values, which if you look at it is stupid and cynical. What explains Alan West, David Clarke and Clarence Thomas? Superior examples of the black race? No more like a bunch of guys who toe the party line.
CowDung August 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
What I'm saying is that Pasch was the only 'normal' Democratic candidate--"better" is a relative term. It's like saying that shingles are better than leprosy... I believe that had there not been a republican primary, most republicans would have either not voted at all or voted for Coby. Griffin is also a supporter of school choice, but the 'NOT the whiteman's bitch' thing likely cost her a lot of votes. When have I ever said anything about Coby living off my tax money? Can you please stick with the facts at hand rather than making baseless accusations?
CowDung August 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Consider the mindset held by many on the left that if a white person doesn't support Obama, it is because of racism. It doesn't seem too far of a jump for them to make the same judgement about those who voted for Pasch instead of 'NOT the whiteman's bitch'...
David Tatarowicz August 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
@N Peske --- I normally agree with a lot that you say, but I am afraid Mr Spock would not find your logic very logical !! As was noted by someone else,in the predominantly Black community, a fair number of them voted for both candidates -- but in Lilly White Shorewood --- 96% went White !!! This is why Shorewood has had a reputation for being "Check Book Liberals" --- If you want to see Shorewood go ballistic, just suggest that perhaps it would be a great idea to merge our HS District with Riverside --- I know MPS would fight to the death not to lose that high tax base on the East Side --- but wouldn't it be novel to actually have Blacks at SHS who actually live in the District ?
Ima Hippee August 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
"We don't need rich anti-public-school Republicans buying our elections!" What about the rich public school Democrats buying our elections?
CowDung August 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM
So you really think that Shorewood's 96% vote for Pasch had nothing to do with the candidates themselves? Who was your choice--the Carpetbagger, NOT the whitman's bitch (who also supports school choice), or the other school choice supporter? The Shorewood voters that turned out for Pasch were just against school choice--it had nothing to do with race...
CowDung August 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Don't be so quick to label them as pro-public school. The dems tend to care more about preserving the teacher unions than they do about getting good educations for our children...
Tbone August 16, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Thats ALWAYS true.
Tbone August 16, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Since when does progressive mean black? If you are a progressive you vote based on merit and issues, and NOT because someone is or isn't black, female, gay, whatever. I know thats hard for you to comprehend, but not everyone is obsessed and preoccupied with minor differences and similarities.
Tbone August 16, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I like Sandy Pasch and the whole, "NOT he white mans b!tch" think really sealed the deal I think. Good people (democratic voters) don't like it when people bring race into things. HOWEVER I do NOT think its ok for someone to be elected to a district in which they do not live. Adam West of Florida is a good example.
Lyle Ruble August 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Funny how things work out. I have to admit that I was part of the Shorewood 4% and it isn't because Sandy isn't a good representative and for the most part I support her views. However, the deciding factor for me was the demographics of the new 10th. Outside of Shorewood how much voice and influence is the rest of the 10th going to have? Now that the election is over I will support Sandy 100% but monitor the situation to assure the rest of the 10th have their voice heard.
CowDung August 16, 2012 at 01:27 PM
You supported one of the pro-school choice candidates, Lyle? Glad to see that you are truly a progressive...
morninmist August 16, 2012 at 06:13 PM
It was a grand day in WI. More to come:-) SEIU Local 150: Statement on the 6th senate district race and Progressive sweep in the recent primary elections 8/15/2012 .... Progressive change swept through the Milwaukee area on August 14th, in many Democratic primary elections. SEIU Local 150 and other labor unions/progressive organizations saw many of their endorsed candidates claim victory in close and lopsided races. Status quo incumbents and candidates were swept away by a new, younger, progressive base of local champions. Grassroot organizations and new faces to the political scene dominated this race despite special interest voucher school lobbyist groups permeating the campaign field with big cash advantages. The biggest prize of them all was the 6th Senate District, where Nikiya Harris soundly defeated Rep. Elizabeth Coggs in a crowded Democratic primary. This race was a crucial focal point for SEIU Local 150. “I personally, and the rest of the SEIU Local 150 family are so very proud of the courage, perseverance and determination of Nikiya Harris. She took on an entrenched candidate in Elizabeth Coggs, and beat her decisively,” said local President Mike Thomas. Other SEIU Local 150 endorsed candidates who won their Democratic primary elections were Sandy Pasch, 10th AD Mandela Barnes, 11th AD Dan Riemer, 7th AD Evan Goyke, 18th AD Jocasta Zamarripa, 8th AD................
Keith Schmitz August 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Lyle, we are looking to put together a 10th district council so we all can work together. Would you like to be part of this?
Keith Schmitz August 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Dung, did I call you out by name?
CowDung August 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Keith: Your post was a direct reply to me, and I am one of the 'righties' on the site. Perhaps you should be more specific if you intend your personal attacks to apply to only a few rather than the 'righties' in general.
James R Hoffa August 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
If it really isn't about race, as Pasch claims, then why is she specifically limiting her house hunt strictly to Shorewood as opposed to other communities within the new district?
morninmist August 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM
@Hoffa Your comment is vile. ............ James R Hoffa 11:40 am on Thursday, August 23, 2012 If it really isn't about race, as Pasch claims, then why is she specifically limiting her house hunt strictly to Shorewood as opposed to other communities within the new district?


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