Soglin, Rhodes-Conway will face off in general election to be next Madison mayor

General election on April 2

The votes are in and Madison’s next mayor will either be incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin or former Alder Satya Rhodes-Conway.

The packed primary field included six candidates who were vying for the position. Now, just Soglin and Rhodes-Conway will continue to the general election on April 2.

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A win for Soglin would solidify his long tenure in office. If Rhodes-Conway wins the election, she would be the first openly gay mayor of Madison.

Rhodes-Conway served six years as a city alder and is now the managing director of the Mayors Innovation Project at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center on Wisconsin Strategy. She says Madison is ready for change and she hopes to run a campaign that represents a new direction for the city.

“It’s clear that Madison is ready for change,” Rhodes-Conway said. “The majority of voters in Madison chose to vote for someone who is not the current mayor.”

Her challenge will be to appeal to voters on the west side of the city, as precinct by precinct data indicates that’s where she fell she fell behind in the primary.

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Soglin served mayoral terms in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s and has been back in office since 2011. He said he is the “clear choice” in the general election, because he would keep the city moving forward.

“We cannot go backward. We have to look forward,” Soglin said. “We have to look to a growing community, a growing diverse community, and we have to address the kinds of challenges in regards to jobs and housing.”

This election was a turn of events for the mayor, who said he wasn’t planning to run, and at the time showed support Rhodes-Conway. He changed his mind after a failed run for governor and with encouragement from supporters who wanted to see him add four more years to his 22 years as the mayor of Madison.

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Soglin received 10,771 votes and Rhodes-Conway received 10,448 votes in the close primary, with just a percentage point between the two candidates. For full election results, click here.

Both Soglin and Rhodes-Conway gave speeches after the results were announced. Watch them both live below:

Paul Soglin

Satya Rhodes-Conway

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