On Saturday, January 13th Progressive Dane Elections Committee members were joined by members of the party to review candidate answers to our questions and ask their own questions of County Board and Madison School Board candidates. What follows is the candidate answers and our recommendations. The General Membership will be voting on our recommendations on Wednesday, January 24th at the Central Library (201 W. Mifflin St., 3rd floor). Candidates or members of their campaign teams are invited to bring lit and information and speak briefly (1 minute). Recommendations are presented as a slate and members can move to separate any race which they want to discuss. Only members who have paid dues in the past 15 months are eligible to vote, and dues may be paid up to the time of the vote. A 2/3 vote of the membership is required for all endorsements.
MADISON SCHOOL BOARD
The two candidates running for Seat 1 sought our endorsement. Anna Moffit who has been endorsed by Progressive Dane since 2015 and Deputy Mayor Gloria Reyes both submitted answers to the questions and attended an interview. The group voted unanimously to recommend endorsement of Anna Moffit. The committee decided to follow up with some clarifying questions for Gloria Reyes in consideration of a potential dual endorsement.
DANE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
We re-endorsed two of our elected officials running for re-election unopposed who didn't need to fill out the questions in writing.
Richard Kilmer - District 4 (Facebook, Website)
Our committee struggled, we unanimously recommend endorsement of long time active member Yogesh Chawla quickly. However, we also voted to recommend endorsement of Pam Porter and Heather Driscoll who are also members of the party.
Two of the three candidates in this race sought our endorsement. The committee voted unanimously to endorse Al Matano. Nancy essentially decided that she doesn't think our endorsement is a good fit after the interview.
Only one candidate sought our endorsement however we still need to interview him due to a scheduling snafu that was our fault.
Both candidates submitted written answers, only Tanya Buckingham attended the interview and we voted unanimously to endorse Tanya Buckingham.
The only other race for county board is in District 32 (Verona) and neither candidate sought our endorsement.