About Progressive Dane

Progressive Dane's Mission

We, the members of Progressive Dane, join together to form an independent political party in Dane County with a major focus on local issues. We pledge to work to improve the quality of life in Dane County for all people, particularly those marginalized by economic and social discrimination. We will work to improve our local government by making it open, easier to understand, and accessible for all citizens of Dane County. We are working to achieve positive policy change by electing accountable progressive officials and mobilizing citizen action.

What Makes Us Different?

A Positive Alternative

Progressive Dane brings together people committed to making government responsive to our communities' urgent needs. We believe our best solutions come from communities themselves, not the Democrats, Republicans, and the powerful moneyed interests they both serve.

Forming Alliances

Progressive Dane seeks to ally progressive activists and community organizations to form a powerful, united, and independent force in electoral politics and non-electoral struggles.


Progressive Dane is democratically run by its members. The general membership makes decisions based on values and principles before partisanship. Click here for information on how to join Progressive Dane.


We make no apologies for expecting endorsed candidates to remain accountable to their campaign promises and to our progressive program. They are recruited to work with each other and Progressive Dane on a regular basis.

What does Progressive Dane Stand For?

  • Human and Civil Rights for Everyone
  • Quality Jobs that Support Families
  • Affordable Housing
  • Good Planning for a Healthy Environment
  • Quality Public Education
  • Supporting Policies to Help
  • Local Businesses
  • Convenient and Affordable Public
  • Transportation
  • Quality Child Care
  • TIF Reform
  • Immigration and Deportation Issues
  • Ending Jail Profiteering
  • Alternatives to incarceration
  • Ending Homelessness
  • Strong Neighborhoods
  • Open and Clean Government

How old is Progressive Dane?

The group known as Progressive Dane began to meet in the fall of 1992, with representatives from a number of groups and many individuals.  PD had an interim steering committee until September of 1993, when the first steering committee was elected.

How much of the work of Progressive Dane is done by paid staff and how much by members volunteering? Progressive Dane members are involved in all of the organization's projects and is an entirely volunteer driven organization.

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