Editorial: Voters speak volumes

In a national and global climate of distrust, anger and bigotry, citizens of Dane County found a way to support inclusion and diversity last week, though going to the polls and voting.

Voters in Fitchburg elected a Latino Mayor and a Latino alder. Voters in Middleton elected an Indian American Mayor. And in Madison voters elected a Native American alder and returned to the common council every alder of color up for re-election.

In one day, in one election, thousands of citizens rejected anti-immigrant politics loudly and convincingly.

The results of one election are unlikely to change to divisive ideology embraced by so many in the Stage Capital and in Washington these days. But it says something about the work of citizens, that ultimately citizens control the messages they want to send about a community that is tolerant and welcoming to all.