UW-Madison freshman to serve as youngest council member in April

Max Prestigiacomo said he hopes his local political involvement will inspire other young people to take the lead on becoming more politically active
Max Prestigiacomo

Max Prestigiacomo will officially take over as Madison’s Common Council District 8 alder.

Prestigiacomo was the only person listed for district 8 alder under candidate filings on the city’s website.

“Running unopposed, though not ideal from the standpoint of a desire for an active, vibrant democracy in the city, means more time to work on policy and outreach overall,” said Alisyn Amant, a spokesperson for Prestigiacomo. “Running unopposed also gives the campaign a chance to build coalitions, organize, and work holistically throughout the district to come together in a united, combined effort for justice.”

Prestigiacomo is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in political science and history.

He has been actively involved in major protests in Madison; some of his efforts have drawn hundreds of people to come out and support the issues he cares about most.

In the story that News 3 Now featured on him in November 2019, Prestigiacomo said he was tired of traditional politics both locally and nationally. Although he knows he won’t be able to get half the things done he wants to, he said he hopes his time as alder makes an impact.

“I’m obviously running as a climate activist. That is super important to me, but Madison has a lot of other issues facing it,” he said. “Voting rights, undocumented rights, mental health, youth issues, youth rights, prioritizing young people in this community. I think they’ve been disenfranchised. I don’t think, I know they’ve been disenfranchised. I think my long-term goal would just be to make a positive difference in this community and inspire other people that share my identity — young people, LGBTQ, climate activists — to be taking their idea, their power to governance that handle any type of governing in this country or on this planet. We could even be taking some of this stuff to the United Nations.”

“Although finding a balance between council and school duties is not an obstacle that many 18-year-olds regularly face, it will become one as more and more young people run for office,” Amant said. “And that’s exactly what the country’s current political atmosphere needs right now.”

Elections for city office positions will be held on April 7.