MADISON, Wis. - It is Primary Election Day. The biggest race you'll see in this primary is for Madison mayor. The packed race will dwindle from six to two, and no matter who wins in April, the results will be historic.
A win for current mayor Paul Soglin would be a step toward another term in office. Challenger Satya Rhodes-Conway, a former alder and head of a nationwide mayor think tank, would be the first openly gay mayor of Madison. Current city alder and business leader Mo Cheeks would be the first African-American to win. Raj Shukla, the head of the River Alliance of Wisconsin, would be the first Indian-American to take the job. Nick Hart would be the first professional comedian to lead Madison. Write-in candidate and race equity coordinator for the city, Toriana Pettaway, would also be the first African-American to fill the role.
The candidates are focused on issues like affordable housing, climate change, flooding concerns and policing. News 3 now sat down with all of the candidates ahead of the primary and asked them a variety questions. You can find their responses here.
Depending on where you live in the city, you might also see a primary for your common council alder. A total of eleven alder races are being contested this year and four of those races have primaries Tuesday as they try to narrow the field down to two candidates.
Candidates are running in District 3 on the far-east side, District 12 on the north side, District 13 on the near-west side, and District 15 along the east side of Lake Monona. The most competitive is District 12, with a total of five candidates on Tuesday’s ballot. District 13 has four candidates running for that seat. There are three candidates each contending for Districts 3 and 15.
In addition to those races, there are three Madison school board seats, a Fitchburg city council seat and the village president in Brooklyn on the primary ballot.
The general election is April 2. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
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