Barrett starts 3rd term as Milwaukee mayor

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Barrett starts 3rd term as Milwaukee mayor

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Apr 17, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee's mayor has begun his third term, even as he campaigns for Governor.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was sworn in for his third term as mayor on Tuesday morning in the chambers of the Milwaukee Common Council.

Barrett has served as the mayor since 2004.

"My focus will continue to be what it has been, creating jobs," said Barrett in a speech after his swearing-in.  When it comes to budgetary issues, he claimed,  "we don't kick budget problems down the road."

"I am confident that together, we will tackle our challenges and seize and create opportunities for everyone who lives here now and for generations to come."

He now is running as a Democratic candidate for Governor, hoping to replace current Governor Scott Walker who faces a recall election in June.

"What helps is that election, which is obviously a historic election, is so short that it really won't interfere with my duties here as mayor."

Should Barrett win that election, current Common Council President Willie Hines would become the new mayor.

"I don't want to get there yet.  I want to make sure that the council is settled, and that we're situated and comfortable."