UPDATED Wednesday, November 28, 2012 --- 1:14 p.m.
Press Release from the City of Madison:
Ald. Rhodes-Conway Will Not Seek Reelection
Madison, WI - Satya Rhodes-Conway, District 12 alder, announced today that she will not seek reelection in April. Rhodes-Conway was elected in 2007 after defeating four opponents in a hotly contested race.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the Common Council," Rhodes-Conway said, "but it is time for me to focus on my job and my family, and to give someone else a chance to serve District 12. I hope to continue to serve my neighborhood and the City in different ways."
Rhodes-Conway serves on the Board of Estimates, the City's budget committee, and has had an interest in sustainability and transportation issues. She has represented a portion of the east and north sides of Madison for six years. Her accomplishments include:
• Getting the Northport-Warner Park-Sherman neighborhood plan written and adopted
• Improving infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists in District 12 and throughout the city
• Bringing Ride the Drive to the Northside
• Facilitating business development in the District
• Helping the Council identify and adopt a proactive policy agenda
• Improving public input into the City Budget
"I look forward to a spirited race to determine who will have the privilege of representing this diverse and active district," Rhodes-Conway said. "I haven't yet endorsed anyone and will be interested to see who steps forward to run."
Rhodes-Conway will serve until the next alder is elected in April. Until then, she'll be focusing primarily on transportation and economic development issues in her district, including improving pedestrian safety and economic vitality along the Sherman Ave. corridor and supporting the revitalization of the Brentwood neighborhood.
Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 1:17 p.m.
Press Releases from the City of Madison:
Ald. Brian Solomon Not Seeking Re-Election in 2013
Serving as 10th District Alder over the past six years has been an incredible privilege. It is difficult to articulate what an honor it has been to represent constituents, work on behalf of the Allied Drive community, and advocate for equal opportunity and social justice. With a mixture of both joy and sadness, I am announcing my intention to not seek re-election in April, 2013.
The city's redistricting process, which I fully support, sadly resulted in my residence no longer being located in District 10. This left me with three options: move, run for District 13 Alder, or not seek re-election. I have opted for the latter. While I plan to remain active in the community, I look forward to spending more time with my wonderful partner, children, and family. I couldn't have made it through the last six years without their steadfast support, love, and deep appreciation for my work.
I have been talking to many individuals about running for what will be District 10's open seat. My preference would be a candidate who would continue District 10's long tradition of advocacy for multi-modal transportation options, environmental stewardship, social justice, and equality. My deepest hope is that our City continues to preserve our beautiful natural resources and to fight for meaningful social change. There remains no excuse for so much injustice in a community of such wealth.
I am grateful to District 10 voters for entrusting me, over the course of three elections, to represent them and stand strong for the values that make Madison such a great place to live.
Alder Larry Palm Not Seeking Re-Election in 2013
Alder Larry Palm has decided not to seek re-election as Alder in District 15. For nearly eight years has served the residents of the near North and Eastside of Madison.
In January 2012, new aldermanic boundaries took effect that moved Alder Palm's residence out of District 15. "I've had a wonderful opportunity and treasure my time on the Common Council. Unfortunately being redistricted out of District 15 was too difficult to overcome," said Alder Palm.
Alder Palm, Alder Lauren Cnare (District 3) and Alder Jill Johnson (District 16) will be hosting a Candidate Open House for anyone who is interested in running as Alder in one of these districts. The Candidate Open House will be Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. at the Pinney Branch Library on Cottage Grove Road.
"Strong candidates are essential in a democracy. Going door-to-door talking to residents and understanding their concerns prepared me to be a better Alder. Having the chance to be invited into people's homes and have a conversation around the kitchen table about issues that matter will be something I will never forget."
"Regardless of your political perspective, background or interests everyone can be engaged in local elections. We've witnessed national elections where billions of dollars are spent on nothing more than words. Local elections are what a community can do together."