The Milwaukee Committee supports the Election Commission’s new executive director

The appointment of Paulina Gutiérrez to be the new executive director of the Electoral Commission won the support of the Justice and Legislation Committee of the Common Council at City Hall on Monday.

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson’s nominee to lead the city’s Board of Elections through the critical fall presidential election won the recommendation of a key Common Council committee Monday.

Johnson announced on May 6 that he is replacing executive director Claire Woodall with her deputy, Paulina Gutiérrez.

Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Common Council, and Monday’s hearing before the Judiciary and Legislation Committee was the first step in that process. The Common Council meets on June 11.

“I’m focused on the future,” Gutiérrez told the commission. “We have a lot of work ahead of us to get ready for November. I am committed to Milwaukee and our mission, which is to ensure that elections are administered in a fair, transparent, fair and accessible manner to instill voter confidence in the democratic process.”