Paul Soglin is Madison's New Mayor

By: Dana Brueck Email
By: Dana Brueck Email

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 -- 4:45 p.m.

In the Capital City...a close finish in the race for Mayor.

The race ended with almost a 50-50 split.

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz says it's now time for the community to come together. And his successor, former Mayor Paul Soglin, already was at the CCB to get started.

After what he calls a nerve-wracking evening...

"... the voters had a tough but very good choice..."

Former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin squeaked past incumbent Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

"Whether you win or lose, you put in that great effort, but it's nice to win," Soglin said Tuesday night.

Within hours of his was down to business...Soglin meeting with Cieslewicz the morning after the election to begin the transition.

"We went over some technical things, went over some outstanding issues. The Mayor's very generous. He invited me to sit in on a couple of important meetings in the next two weeks."

Soglin says one of his first priorities when he takes office... confronting some of the city's financial concerns.

"We have to build a foundation within city government to respond to what the state is doing ... and then, we won't wait till then but simultaneously, we'll start mapping out our strategy to deal with the fundamental issue of including everybody in this community's economy."

Meanwhile, Cieslewicz also is looking forward, briefing his successor about projects already the central library ...But, with a hint of nostalgia.

"I'm never gonna have another opportunity to have this much direct impact on a place as I have the last 8 years, and I'm really gonna miss that."

But Cieslewicz hopes he can put his 8-year run as mayor to do good in the city he loves in some other way.

"... I really enjoyed the job... "

Though he doesn't expect another run for public office.

"I didn't really ever want a career in politics...I mean, I wanted this job... I wanted to be mayor of Madison. I kind of doubt it .. never say never, I suppose, in this business but ..."

Cieslewicz is unsure what's next for him but says he'd be interested in possibly returning to a job in the environmental movement.

Soglin plans to keep busy preparing for the office until his swearing-in in a couple of weeks.

UPDATED Wednesday, April 6, 2011 --- 1:30 a.m.

Soglin ousts Cieslewicz in Madison mayoral race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Paul Soglin has ousted Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz to regain the office he held on two previous occasions.

Soglin served as Madison's mayor from 1979 to 1986, and again from 1989 to 1997. He won the office Tuesday after running a spirited, aggressive campaign.

His win denied Cieslewicz a third four-year term.

The candidates are both liberals who have similar positions on many issues. The Wisconsin State Journal says both tried to harness energy stemming from opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to sharply curtail union rights.

Soglin touted his experience and said he's ready to take on poverty and other big challenges.

Cieslewicz said he led the city through a tough economy and was more current on issues.


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Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 --- 11:30p.m.

Paul Soglin has been elected Madison's new Mayor, beating Dave Cieslewicz in a very close election. Cieslewicz and Soglin squared off in a mayoral election eight years ago, when the then-newcomer beat Soglin in another close race.

Soglin says starting tomorrow he will begin putting together his transition team. He campaigned on fighting poverty in the city and said Madison needed better management.

Cieslewicz's campaign focused more on the controversy over Governor Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill, which led to unprecedented protests and rallies at the State Capitol in February and March. During the campaign, Soglin said he thought Cieslewicz was too focused on battling the governor and now focused enough on city issues.

This will be Soglin's third term as Madison's mayor, spanning four decades. He served as Mayor from 1973 to 1979, then again from 1989 to 1997.

Cieslewicz led the city for the past eight years, beating Soglin eight years ago and winning re-election in 2007.

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