One of most progressive
Highly influential alder, more progressive than a Department of Sociology hunger strike, Ald. Shiva Bidar is calling it quits, won’t seek re-election. So, too, unfortunately, is Ald. Michael Tierney — one of the good guys.
Ald. Bidar sent this missive to her Regent Street-area constituents early this morning (11-30-2020):
I have decided not to run for re-election for the City of Madison Common Council District 5 seat. My term ends in April 2021 and I will continue to work hard and diligently until then.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our city as District 5 Alder since 2009, including serving as Council President twice. I have learned so much and have done my best to represent you and to advance racial equity and social justice. Much work still needs to be done and a steadfast commitment to racial equity must remain at the center of the work ahead.
— Shiva Bidar, District 5 Alder
Ald. Tierney represents the Elvehjem Park area on the city’s southeast side. He wrote this on his city blog:
I want to take a moment to say thank you to residents of District 16, who have reached out to me over the last 2 ½ years and sought to actively engage in issues that are important to the City of Madison, our communities and specifically District 16. I also want to say thank you to those of you, who have reached out to me in recent weeks and encouraged me to seek re-election this coming April. However, after some reflection and long conversations with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election to the District 16 seat on the Madison Common Council.