Nikiya Dodd, 5th District Alderwoman

 “I will continue to work hard to earn your trust in improving our neighborhoods, delivering efficient city services to all, and working together to keep our neighborhoods safe. That is my pledge to you.”

Nikiya Q. Dodd is a lifelong public servant leader and not-for-profit management professional. Elected in 2018, she is the first woman and African American to be elected to the 5th Aldermanic District in the City of Milwaukee, and the first woman elected to the 6th Senate District in the Wisconsin State Legislature. She is the second woman and African American in the history of Milwaukee to be elected to three branches of government in the state. 

As Alderwoman, Nikiya sponsored legislation to add over 200 jobs to the 5th Aldermanic District by rezoning underutilized land for the development of a 325,000 square-foot building and future property tax revenue to the City and sponsored a resolution urging the Wisconsin State Legislature to allow the City to extend benefits to those in domestic partnerships. 

Nikiya hosted the inaugural, day-long tour for neighbors, investors, and community members to Explore the 5th District. Explore 5th District tour is a first of its kind to showcase vibrant neighborhoods, parks, and schools, thriving restaurants, and historical sites, as well as opportunities for business growth and development and homeownership on Milwaukee’s West Side. 

Born in Milwaukee, Nikiya is a graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She and her husband purchased their home in the Nash Park neighborhood, over five years ago to raise their son.

“Tony and I love our neighborhood and are fortunate to raise our son in a community where neighbors feel safe to walk their dog, take their children on a walk to the park, and sit on their porches waving to passersby.”

As Alderwoman, I have worked to strengthen neighborhoods block-by-block by partnering with neighbors, area schools, the Milwaukee Police, and the Department of Neighborhood Services to coordinate neighborhood walks, block parties, and community meetings throughout the district.  I have worked to build strong partnerships with the Milwaukee Police and Fire Department’s leadership. 

I have fought to maintain the integrity of our Police Department by ensuring that the Fire and Police Commission was fully funded to continue new recruitment for the police academy and firefighter training classes.  

Lastely, I have advocated for the passage of redlight traffic cameras, initiatives such as Take It Eazy Milwaukee, and the Task Force on Reckless Driving as solutions to assist in curbing fast, erratic, and dangerous driving, and pushing for more proactive radar patrolling by law enforcement and working with neighbors on establishing residential speed humps, traffic controls, and stop signs in their neighborhoods. Additionally, I have called for the drafting of a city ordinance to address the towing and impoundment of vehicles without valid license plates or operated by persons without valid driver’s licenses or insurance coverage.  

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