I have decided not to run in the 2015 aldermanic election for a number of reasons. Primarily, I have been assigned to a large project at work and do not feel that I would be able to devote enough time to the district. However, I will continue to be engaged with our neighborhoods and watch how things unfold for the next couple of years.
I think that competition in our local elections is a benefit for all of us. It is very easy for incumbent officials to relax and wait for problems to happen. Unfortunately, I still see that being the case in our district. We need to get in front of issues and address them in advance, not wait for them to become problems. Whether that is for development proposals or infrastructure improvements, it is not good enough to wait and see what happens. That is not leadership.
I ran in 2013 because I know that we can do better. It was not about a night club. It was not about restaurants and patios. It was about leadership and working together to make our neighborhoods stronger. Here is to looking forward.
Please remember to vote this spring:
- Spring Primary Election – Tuesday, February. 17, 2015
- Spring Election – Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Our district is the most dynamic in Madison. The Marquette, Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yarhara, Worthington Park and First Settlement neighborhoods are home to community activists and creative types who deserve a champion to protect our historic character and progressive values. For 25 years, I have been a public servant who takes his role in public service seriously. I’ve served as President of my neighborhood association, chaired the Madison Arts Commission and continued fighting for LGBT equality. Regardless of the issue, you can count on me to be a fearless leader who will stand up when needed, foster true public dialogue and help unleash even more creative energy in the heart of this great city.