2015 Spring Endorsements

Madison Common Council

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Barbara McKinney

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraMcKinney4CommonCouncil

- About Barbara: Barbara McKinney is running for Madison Common Council in District 1 with a commitment to represent and promote the self-interest of all the constituents. Barbara is a homeowner in the Park Ridge Neighborhood. She has dedicated her life to public service. She is an educator, community advocate, and committed volunteer. On the city council, she will bring people together for stronger neighborhoods and a city that works for everyone.  



District 2

Ledell Zellers (incumbent) 

- Website: http://ledellz.com/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LedellforAlder

- From Ledell: "I am campaigning to continue as Alder of District 2 because I think this district, and Madison as a whole, is a great place to live but needs good representation in the City Council to maintain and strengthen this position."

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Mike Verveer (incumbent) 

- Website: http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district4/

- About Mike: Alderperson Mike Verveer was first elected to represent the Fourth Aldermanic District (Madison's downtown area) on April 4, 1995. He has won re-election to the Common Council every two years since and recently won re-election in 2013. He served as Common Council President Pro Tem for the 2001-2002 term and as Common Council President for the 2003-2004 and 2007-2008 terms.

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Marsha Rummel (incumbent) 

- Website: http://www.marsharummel.com/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmarsharummel

- From Marsha: "As your Alder I will continue to provide engaged and collaborative leadership in the service of expanded transportation options, infill development that respects our historic neighborhoods, sustainable economic development that creates living wage jobs and increases our tax base, and protecting city services. Additionally, in a time of unprecedented economic challenges, I will promote policies that foster food and housing security as well as accountable public safety."

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Zach Madden

- Website: http://www.madden4madison.com/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Madden4Madison

- From Zach: "Words can’t describe how excited I am to be running for Common Council. The Common Council needs more community input in the decision making process. The city is facing several important issues, and I want to be an alder you hear in meetings fighting for what matters most to you."

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David Ahrens (incumbent) 

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dave4council

- See Alder Ahrens' blog for more updates: http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district15/blog/

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Samba Baldeh

- Website: http://www.samba4district17.com/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Samba4District17

- From Samba: "I am dedicated to representing you, and I will work hard to learn about your concerns. Public safety, community policing, and supporting district residents are among my highest priorities. Strong, safe neighborhoods will best support our families, schools, and elders."

District 18

Rebecca.jpegRebecca Kemble 

- Website: http://www.kemble4district18.com/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kemble4District18

- From Rebecca: "I love the Northside of Madison. I have raised my family here, dedicated myself to our schools and our environment, and invested my energy into making our community the best place it can be. I'm running for alder to continue working for my family, my neighbors, and for the larger community. I want to raise up the Northside by building relationships and engaging our neighbors in the process of shaping the future."

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Peng.jpgPeng Her

- Website: http://pengher4citycouncil.com/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northsidepeng

- From Peng: "I am running for Alder of District 18 because I want to tell the story of the Northside. The Northside needs a leader with the experience and knowledge to be a strong advocate. I’ve been a public servant for multiple decades, advocating for social justice, neighborhood needs, and for equity, and I see running for Alder as a natural extension of my expertise and previous public service work. I’m passionate about helping others by giving them a voice. I am the only candidate with experience as a City and County committee member, a former small business owner, and an executive director of a nonprofit that advocates for communities of color and disenfranchised communities. As a Hmong person, I bring my unique perspective, diversity, and new ideas to the Council to make Madison the best place to live, learn, work, and play for all its residents."

steve_arnold_2015_1168.jpegFitchburg Mayor

Steve Arnold

- Website: http://arnold.us/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteveArnoldforMayor

- From Steve: "I believe that Fitchburg's local government should protect and empower every resident, not just the politically well-connected. I will work to make Fitchburg ever more beautiful, livable, and sustainable for all residents, now and in the future. I stand for: Opportunity for everyone to pursue and experience a great quality of life; Open government for campaign finance and decision-making in public view with public input; Responsible planning for walkable urban neighborhoods and nearby parks, working lands, and nature; Community protection and fast response to emergencies; and Optimal investments for municipal services that benefit all residents, wherever they live in the city."

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District 1

Michael Childers

- Website: http://www.michaelchilders.net/

- From Michael: "I am running for Alder because I believe regular people can make a real difference and I want to bring your voice into local government. I am passionate about representing your interests and pledge to support policies that put people first, and create smart growth for a strong Fitchburg for us and our children."


283070_10150311339088894_4688799_n.jpgDorothy Krause

- Website: http://krause4alder.com/

- From Dorothy: "I'm excited to begin another year of visiting with residents and am enjoying the ability to help make a difference in our communities. But I'd like to encourage even more communication among ourselves. In addition to reading the Fitchburg Star and following the city website and FACTv for official city news, meeting videos, agendas, and minutes; you can also subscribe to many departmental email lists on the website. Looking forward to opportunities to visit once again!"



District 2

Roger17_250.jpgRoger Backes

- Website: http://www.backesforalder.com/

- From Roger: "I am a candidate for Fitchburg City Alder because I believe my life experiences, my patience, my values regarding integrity, such as being truthful, honest, and respectful towards others, are characteristics that are needed on our City Common Council. I believe that I would be an Alder that Fitchburg needs during this period of transition, to become a city for which we can have growing pride. My work experiences, including my service in combat in Vietnam, being a good father and husband, my work as a business and life coach, my leadership as the Director of Yahara House on East Gorham, and my leadership in my church and on the statewide board of the Mankind project, along with many other successes, have prepared me well to follow the guidance of Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?" I am a candidate for Alder in Fitchburg because I want to help you, as a citizen of our fair city, bring about the progressive leadership team, and the quality of life we all deserve."

District 3

10914721_327080507488657_7022017329373442000_o.jpgZyronia Mims

- LWV Profile: http://www.lwvdanecounty.org/fitchburg-alder-districts-3-4-spring-2015/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zyronia-Mims-for-Alder/327080344155340

- From Zyronia: "Unity plays a big part in building a strong community. In order to strengthen the more tenuous parts of the district, we need to unite the northern corridor of Fish Hatchery Road into Fitchburg, There by reducing the density, develop more affordable housing, including single family homes for home ownership opportunities. We also need to increase transit options to other parts of the city. This will pull Fitchburg together as a whole. Unity is what I seek to represent."

District 4 

Jake_2015_headshot.jpegJake Johnson

- Website: https://sites.google.com/site/jake4fitchburg/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jake-Johnson-for-Fitchburg/792267057477916

- From Jake: "I'm running for Seat 7 on the Fitchburg Common Council to represent District 4 because our council needs to be more forward thinking & needs to make decisions based on long-term outcomes, not just what is easy and a "quick fix". Many of us residents have witnessed our leaders moving further away from the core values of the people of our city by holding more private closed-door meetings, silencing or ridiculing voices of dissent, fast-tracking projects to avoid debate, and reducing the role of citizen commissions and citizen input in decision making for the city. Elected officials should serve the people, and should involve the people. We need to return to increasing citizen involvement in policy and the progressive values that have made our city a great place to live, work, & play."

Madison Metropolitan School District

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Anna Moffit

- Website: http://www.moffitformadison.com/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoffitForMadison

- About Anna: Anna Moffit is a candidate for Madison Board of Education, Seat 1. Anna is a life-long resident of Madison and the mother of three children in the Madison Metropolitan School District. She currently serves of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools, is a Parent Representative on the State Superintendent's Council on Special Education, and is a member of the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities' Partners in Policymaking Program. In addition to her current involvement, Anna also served as an elementary school teacher, was the Secretary of the Thoreau Parent Teacher Organization, chaired the Madison Partners for Inclusive Education, and interned for the Institute for Wisconsin's Future.