”With Nikiya Dodd's vast political experience and knowledge, it is no surprise to me that she has been independent, responsive, and thoughtful in her approach on all City issues as our Alderwoman. The 5th District deserves proven, trusted leadership, and Nikiya has delivered that. I have the highest confidence in her and enthusiastically support Nikiya Dodd's deserved reelection this spring." said Jim Bohl, Former Alderman, 5th District
Nikiya Dodd started her political career on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors from 2010 through 2012. As a county supervisor, Dodd led the County Board on the decision to separate the House of Correction from the Sheriff’s budget. The separation resulted in the implementation and restoration of inmate treatment and diversion programming for non-violent offenders. These changes increased evidence-based decision-making practices while saving millions in taxpayer dollars.
She also led the fight for voters’ rights by opposing Governor Scott Walker’s Voter ID law. She eased voter access to the polls by passing an initiative that, contiues, to allow thousands of Milwaukee residents to receive a free birth certificate, including the elderly and young adults.
Dodd was also a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing the 6th Senate District from 2013-2017. She did not seek re-election. During the 2013-14 legislative session, Dodd pushed for an increase in the minimum wage, access to job training, and affordable healthcare. She also put forth initiatives to repair Milwaukee's foreclosure crisis and reform Wisconsin's broken criminal justice system and mental health system.
Former Alderman Jim Bohl and Nikiya at Kam's Thistle & Shamrock (2018).
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