‘Back to basics is what it’s all about’: Brenda Konkel joins mayoral race

‘Back to basics is what it’s all about’: Brenda Konkel joins mayoral race

Former Madison Common Council member and housing activist Brenda Konkel kicked off her campaign for Madison mayor on Thursday.

Konkel serves as the executive director of the Tenant Resource Center and served four terms as the alder for District 2 until 2009.

Her campaign officially got underway at a local bar during an informal celebration of her candidacy as well as her 50th birthday.

Konkel hopes to address affordable housing and other issues of equity affecting the lower middle class of Madison.

“I’m really looking towards how we are developing as a city. Are people able to live here? Can they get where they need to go? Do they have a grocery store? Do they have a place they can afford to live?” said Konkel. “I mean, back to basics is what it’s about.”

Konkel is the third candidate to announce her campaign, following Maurice Cheeks and Satya Roads-Conway. Current Mayor Paul Soglin announced this week that he will not be seeking another term.

Primaries for Madison mayor are scheduled for Feb. 19, 2019, and the mayoral election will be held on April 2, 2019.