2015 Aldermanic Election

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

 - Scott

Thank You For Your Support

I would like to thank everyone that supporting me in the race for the District 6 Common Council seat in the City of Madison.  Unfortunately we were not successful this time.  Earlier this evening I extended my congratulations to my opponent, Marsha, in person at the Harmony Bar.

Meeting so many creative and active people in the district was definitely a highlight of the past 5 months.  Our district has the pulse of the next generation of Madison and the urban environment that we are all growing into.  It is unfortunate that the campaign became focused on a mailing from an outside group, and ironic since a main reason for my decision to run was to combat negativity in the district and to highlight the positives that we all contribute to our community.

All of my friends, family and supporters – you are all so very special to me will always be cherished.  And you will all be seeing me again.

Thank you,



Thank You & Vote Tuesday!

The polls open in less than 12 hours.  Thank you everyone that has helped us out and supported my race for Madison city council.  I’ve met so many great people going door-to-door through the district.  I’m constantly blown away by all of the creative energy and passion in the 6th district.  I love Madison and I love the residents that make our neighborhoods the best in the city.

Please get out and vote Tuesday!


Madison's Near East Side

Madison’s Near East Side

Why Bob Queen is Behind Thornton for 6th District

“As event coordinator for the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA)for the past 24 years I’ve worked with both of the alder candidates during their stints as MNA Board presidents. Scott Thornton runs a tight, efficient meeting and is effective. He sets attainable goals and listens to his constituency. Of enormous importance to me is his full understanding of the uniqueness and the importance of our community events.

“Scott brings a lot to the table. He’s a consensus builder with a multitude of talents, has a passion for the arts and a bent for historic preservation. He has been an executive policy and budget manager at the State Department of Administration for many years and also worked at the United Neighborhood Centers office in the heart of the Atwood Neighborhood. I even dealt with Scott as chair of the City Arts Commission and he rejected all of my proposals with diplomacy and aplomb.

“Scott Thornton seems to have a great rapport with all the residents of the 6th district. He rolls up his sleeves and gets things done. Working in the State Budget Office, heading city commissions and serving as Marquette Neighborhood Association Board president he has gained a wealth of relevant experience. He is ready for this new challenge and has my full support.”

Bob Queen
Marquette Neighborhood Association Event Coordinator
Director- Eastside Express Summer Camp
WI- DNR Photographer – retired
Co-founder -SW Wisconsin Dairy Goat Cooperative

Orton Park Festival 2012

Orton Park Festival 2012

Supporting the LGBTQ Community

“Scott has been a key part of campaigns to advance LGBTQ equality and assuring LGBTQ people a seat at the table, from Tammy Baldwins very early campaigns to numerous other local LGBTQ efforts. As Tammy and others have said ‘f we are not at the table, the conversation is about us, not with us.’ Scott has supported the New Harvest Foundation and served on the UW LGBTQ Alumni Council (first in the Big Ten). In the Sixth District he has volunteered for AIDS Network and FruitFest, one of the many diverse festivals that makes our community great.”
R. Richard (Dick) Wagner
Former Chair of the Governor’s Council on Lesbian and Gay Issues
Endorsed by Fair Wisconsin

Endorsed by Fair Wisconsin

Involvement and Support for the Arts

Scott has a long history of involvement and support for the arts.  Prior to moving to Madison he was a member of the Wausau Symphony Wind Ensemble and principle clarinet in the Wausau Symphony Orchestra  He shared his love of music in school, church and community theater productions.

His dedication to the Arts in Madison and the surrounding area have included:

  • Chair of the Madison Arts Commission (appointed by three Madison mayors)
  • Volunteer for American Players Theater
  • First Board Member and Treasurer for Madison’s Forward Theater Company
  • Marquette Neighborhood Association Public Art Concept including Poetry in Sidewalks, Public Murals and Willy Street Gateway Sculpture

“Art and supporting the arts has always been an important part of my life.  One of my favorite projects on the Madison Arts Commission was bringing art programming into our Neighborhood Centers. That project reconnected me with many people that I worked with when I was with United Neighborhood Centers of Dane County, and supported arts programming for our most vulnerable youth.” - Scott

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Dick Wagner on Historic Preservation

“Scott has a dedicated history in fighting for historic preservation. When living on Mansion Hill he was instrumental in saving the historic Art Moderne Quisling Clinic. Here in the Third Lake Ridge in the Sixth District he has invested his money and sweat equity in preserving his 1880 house and he has spoken out on preservation issues.”  

- R. Richard (Dick) Wagner
Former Chair Madison Landmarks Commission
Former Madison Plan Commission Chair
Current Madison Urban Design Commission Chair


Scott's circa1880 house in the Third Lake Ridge Historic District

Scott’s circa1880 house in the Third Lake Ridge Historic District

The Choice Could Not be Clearer

Throughout my campaign I have stressed a positive message and vision for Madison’s 6th District:

  • Protecting the character and livability of our neighborhoods.
  • Promoting the creativity of the residents of the 6th District.
  • Standing up as a champion for the district and be a fearless and decisive Leader.
  • Ensuring public input and fostering public discourse.

My opponent, when asked at a recent neighborhood forum, what ideas would she bring forward and be the lead sponsor for if re-elected, could not come up with one example.

We need an alder representing us on the city council that has ideas, that has vision, that can stand up and lead the district forward.

The choice could not be clearer…  Vote Thornton on April 2nd.


6th District Candidate Forum – Monday, March 25

A 6th District candidate forum is scheduled for Monday, March 25th.

Scott sincerely apologizes for the conflict with the first day of Passover and to those that will not be able to attend or must leave early.   He will be holding a Twitter Town Hall on Thursday, March 28th from 8 – 9:00 p.m. for those that could not attend or have more questions for the candidate.  #thornton6 

6th District Candidate Forum
Monday, March 25, 2013
6:30 pm until 8:00 pm
St. Bernard’s Catholic Church
2450 Atwood Avenue

On Bus Routes 37, 3 & 38 – Just South of Capital City Bike Path – Ample Off-Street Parking.
Please use the parking lot entrance at the back of the church.

Forum starts at 6:30 and will end at 8:00pm
• Moderated by Art Hackett, retired reporter from WPT’s Here and Now
• Questions compiled from neighbors and business owners
• Time for brief Q&A from the audience
• Evening concludes with reception at 8:00pm
• For more information e-mail D6AlderForum@gmail.com