Bowen wins 10th Assembly District primary

Aug. 13, 2014

Shorewood — Milwaukee County Board Supervisor David Bowen will represent Shorewood as the 10th Assembly District's state representative.

Bowen emerged the victor of a competitive four-way primary election to fill the seat soon to be left vacant by state Rep. Sandy Pasch, who is leaving the Legislature for family reasons. There is no Republican candidate running in the November general election, so Bowen is all but guaranteed a promotion to state legislator.

The 10th Assembly District includes Shorewood and the north side of Milwaukee. Bowen, 27, recently bought his first house within the district at 21st Street and Atkinson Avenue.

Bowen won with 54 percent of the vote, according to Milwaukee County's website. Bria Grant received 21 percent, Tia Torhorst received 18 percent and Sara Lee Johann received 6 percent. Torhorst fared better in her own village with 37 percent of the vote, but Bowen still won the majority with 53 percent of the vote. Grant took 5 percent of the vote, and Johann took 4 percent of the vote.

Aside from being endorsed by Pasch and other politicians, Bowen said he still had to work hard on his campaign by knocking on doors in the neighborhood.

"The results are a testament not only to Shorewood, but to Riverwest, Harambee, the Rufus King neighborhood and all the way up to the Glendale border," he said. "We took the majorty of this district overwhelmingly because people really believed in the campign, our message and young progressive leadership."

Bowen, who was born and raised on the north side, graduated from Bradley Tech High School in 2005. He was elected in 2012 to the Milwaukee County Board, where he notably authored the county's living wage ordinance, which raises the minimum wage to $11.32 for workers contracted by the county.

Bowen holds a bachelor's degree in educational policy and community studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a National Americorps Service Alum, a two-time graduate of the Americorps program Public Allies, and a Legacy Foundation Youth Activism Fellow.

Bowen said voters in his district resonated with his progressive platform of addressing povery and unemployment.

"They want a leader who is willing to stand up to the status quo, and I have a track record of doing that," he said.


Bowen: 54%

Grant: 21%

Torhorst: 18%

Johann: 6%

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