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Embattled Outgoing Mayor John Antaramian Endorses Bogdala To Succeed Him

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Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian (D) and Alderman David Bogdala
(Both Photos, Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian (D) has endorsed David Bogdala to succeed him as the 51st mayor of Kenosha, a source has confirmed. Antaramian will be completing his 24th year as mayor, having served from 1992 to 2008, and then again from 2016 until when his term expires next month.

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Antaramian is a lifelong democrat, having been a representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1985 to 1993. Antaramian decided not to seek re-election shortly after what most people call a failure of leadership during the Kenosha riots.  Bogdala, who was the City Council President at the time is happy to accept the endorsement. Antaramian also oversaw the city at its highest homicide rate ever (15 in 2021).

Bogdala, a once prominent leader in the Kenosha County Republican Party, changed his political affiliation in public to that of a democrat in 2016, when Antaramian was elected for his second stretch. This was done as a strategic move to position himself in the best light to be elected mayor of a mostly-democrat city. In private, Bogdala is a republican. As an Alderman, however, he voted more than 95% with the democrat mayor. For Bogdala’s first 15 years in office, he opposed the Kenosha Casino at every turn. In 2023, however, he pledged his support of the casino to the Mayor. This is about the time that Antaramian made the commitment to endorse Bogdala.

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Lydia Spottswood (D) – Candidate for Kenosha Mayor
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

The mayoral race is expected to be a close one. Bogdala’s opponent, retired nurse and former Alderman Lydia Spottswood, has been a Democrat her whole life. She openly admits as much. Here is a list of her recent campaign contributions:

The election will occur on April 2, 2024.

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  1. She endorsed Angela Cunningham! Thats all I need to know. Thats a berg, and cardinali supporters and helped with her campaign. Shows character and enough for a sane person to vote bogdala over her in a heartbeat

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  2. Not much to choose from both carry baggage. The new mayor is the same as the old mayor keep watching Kenosha unravel.

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  3. Checkbook Lydia could not buy John? David will do well but he sold out his district recently to the Indians and most likely took the bioweapon mascarding as a vaccine, so like everything in life, his mayoral duties will be short-lived, died suddenly ain’t no joke. peace from my ranch in yaxcaba mexico

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  4. God help Kenosha. Neither candidate is worth anything. Spotswood is a crazy liberal. Bogdala stopped supporting conservative ideals a long time ago. He will tell you he is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. Saying you’re a Republican behind closed doors for friends means nothing if you’re voting for liberal agendas.
    Buckle up Kenosha….

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    1. Polarization doesn’t help the community. There’s a reason these elections are supposed to be nonpartisan. Political parties want to bring gridlock and bickering to the local level. Ugh! Neither candidate is awe inspiring or offers much of a vision for Kenosha.

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      1. It’s unfortunate but politics has crept into everything. The left has gone so far off the rails. They have brought their crazy lack of morality into nonpartisan offices. It is incredibly impactful to our every day lives. We have to counterbalance that.

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  5. Bogdola is a sell out. He sold out his vote for the stupid casino just to get this endorsement? This explains it and tells me all I need to know. Voting for neither is better than voting for four more years of Antaramian pulling the strings of Bogdala.

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  6. Good bye John ” just let it burn” Antaramian.
    Bogdala is clearly a windsock, but I find him less irritating than Cruella Spottswood.

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  7. Bogdala is just Antaramian’s clone. More corruption for a worse, more violent Kenosha. Bodala came to my house a few months ago and I startled him with several questions about our community–he was unwilling to answer any of them. He also promised to call me about another issue and never did. He is a coward. Spottswood is even worse. Our poor city suffers at the hands of corrupt politicians who care only about themselves and having power.

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    1. This is a BS comment. He came to my door and me and my neighbor were outside. He sat there for over 20 minutes and answered all of our questions about our city. Very knowledgeable and definitely we both said we were going to vote for him and we are. We asked him if he was a Democrat or Republican he reminded us that it was a nonpartisan seat and he likes working with all people of all different opinions. He’ll learn that why he was an alderman. Please don’t lie.

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  8. Bogdala’s wife did nothing but exercise a dictatorship over Brookside Nursing home residents, staff and visitors. I had to call the Ombudsman and file a complaint to see my father. She also pushed the experimental, deadly C-19 jab on everyone- even pressuring family members. My father finally stopped taking boosters realizing that he could say no! They want you to check in and out like a prison. I hope she took multiple doses and reaps what she sowed. She is a deep state puppet and I have no hope for this city with these choices. Bogdala is the lesser of 2 evils, but not by much.

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    1. Wow the people like twist and the Truth. My mother was at brookside they’re that whole time. Ms. Bogdala was very kind and compassionate whenever I had to talk to her about anything. Working in healthcare there’s certain mandates that are required to keep a facility opened. Just like a hospital has mandates.
      I hope people have come some common sense

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      1. This is the truth. Forcing everyone into a temp check and entering there cell number was not necessary and still is not. She has power to take CMS guidelines as guidelines. She pushes the C-19 jab every chance she gets. She is not a republican, she is not for reasonable reactions to health authorities and she is not a friend to freedom no matter how nice she states things. Actions speak volumes and she is a puppet.

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      2. Mandates.. BS forcing healthcare workers to take the jab is wrong. You can’t pick and choose “My body, my choice “ when it’s convenient.

  9. I looked at your crime chart and I noticed that you don’t have the deaths in Kenosha years 2022and 2023. I’m retired law enforcement.
    That rate is mostly way down probably four a year. That Spike and death was mostly due to drugs and people that know each other. It’s always been the case and Kenosha would murders. Back in the day I know the averaged about 5 murders a year in Kenosha county. Over 90% rate to solve them.

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  10. Correction: Spottswood is not a lifelong Democrat. She switched parties in the mid-90’s to suit her political career when she saw a chance at the House with Clinton.

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    1. Wow, that would be a story! Do we have any evidence to prove she was a republican? I spott wood is a terrible person.

  11. I’m not voting for either mayoral candidate. It is very unfortunate that our only options are Bogdala or Spottswood. Kenosha is doomed.

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  12. Neither candidates are very good options but I had an encounter with Spottswood some time ago and she is an absolute nut!

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  13. An endorsement that could backfire. Many, like myself are still disillusioned with Antaramian and the lack of effort during the riots. He, and others let Kenosha burn. Of the candidates, Bogdala, perhaps the least of the “evils”? So sad Kenosha can not put forth really good candidates for key leadership roles. Those commenting on his wife as leader of Brookside, that is worthy of it’s own story and much of it existed before she took over the helm.

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  14. Your comment is ridiculously contradictory. A vote for Bogdala is a vote for Antimarian, in your opinion. I can respect that.

    Then you say you are not voting for either candidate because of Bogdala’s relationship with Antimarian. Wouldn’t the logical adult decision be to vote for Spotswood?

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  15. Can you share the Vos recall petition on your page?
    I would like to see who signed it and the extent of their cheating.

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  16. I remember when her and her rich husband in their 2nd Avenue Mansion wanted the taxpayers to foot her babysitting when she was an Alderman. Imagine what she would do with your money now.

    1. And have you seen her latest campaign postcard? It says when extremist politicians try to steal Kenosha women’s reproductive freedom and healthcare, I’ll fight them every step of the way. “YOU CAN COUNT ON IT.”
      That’s some funny s***, from a local mayor’s office, she’s going to overturn a Supreme Court decision and change state law? It’s a really stupid statement, but I’ll give her credit for knowing that really stupid people might believe it and those are the people who are most likely to vote for her, anyway. Her fighting for abortion rights reminds me of when she was fighting against the “boner invasion” in Kenosha decades ago. Now she’s mounting a turgid campaign. 🤡

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