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Pratt named interim county executive in Milwaukee

It will be Marvin Pratt and not acting Milwaukee County Executive Lee Holloway who will hold the county’s top spot until April 5.

Holloway selected Pratt, a one-time acting Milwaukee mayor and long-time alderman. Pratt eventually lost the mayoral post during the 2004 election to current Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

State statute made Holloway the acting county executive following Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s resignation from office. Holloway then had one month to select an interim executive.

— Joe Lanane

Many suspected Holloway might nominate himself in an effort to retain the spot permanently. He is among five candidates contending in a Feb. 15 primary. Other candidates include philanthropist Chris Abele, former state Sen. Jim Sullivan, D-Wauwatosa, state Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale, and community activist Ieshuh Griffin.

The primary will determine which two candidates will square off for the April 5 election.

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