Larry Sussman



Comfort Zones

Illustration by Johanna Goodman When West Allis Mayor Dan Devine campaigned door-to-door in 2008, he learned to say “My name is Dan Devine. I’m running for mayor.” In Spanish. Learning a foreign language is becoming a requirement for any politician with a constituency turning “browner,” a demographic term often used to describe the blending of racial, ethnic and cultural identities. As the makeup of West Allis grows more diverse – moving from a minority population of just 274 in 1970 to nearly 11,000 in 2010 – Devine sees an acceptance of the change.  “Some residents say they noticed that their…