It’s Game On! for Common Council!
Has Madison given up on its public schools? Only two candidates are running for the two seats up for grabs in the April 6 non-partisan election. One of them is incumbent Savion Castro, appointed to his seat. The other is Maia Pearson for the seat being given up by the mau-maued school board president, Gloria Reyes. Both candidates are in the Ali Muldrow, Ananda Mirilli mold. In other words, do NOT expect police to be invited back as resource officers — IF schools ever reopen.
By contrast — and what a contrast! — a thundering herd is clamoring for a seat on the Madison Common Council! THE DEADLINE FOR FILING IS PAST. Thirty-nine candidates are competing for the 20 seats. There is competition in 12 of those 20 districts. Very healthy! CHANGES SINCE THIS FIRST POSTING: Peter Schramm withdrew in the 16th, leaving five candidates. Charly Rowe filed in the 3rd, challenging incumbent Lindsey Lemmer. NOTE: In the 6th District, Shawn Matson had not filed his nomination papers, financial statement, or economic interest statement as of 7 p.m. despite having registered his candidacy weeks ago. So he looks like a scratch. Note that in the table below.
Moderates in trouble
It is a measure of how badly Madison progressives want to Defund the Police that three candidates are trying to take out incumbent Paul Skidmore in District 9 toward Middleton. “Nino” Amato is a well known name, less well known is how far Left he has gone. Doug Hyant is a paid partisan operative. Nikki Conklin is the BLM candidate.
On the other side of town, toward McFarland, six candidates in far southeast (almost to McFarland) District 16 to succeed retiring moderate Michael Tierney. Only one of them is a for-certain champion of public safety, Kim Richman. But watch the anti-safety cadre soft pedal their cop hatred.
Sorry to say, but the small moderate faction — numbering 5 on the 20-member council — is in trouble. In addition to Tierney, another of those five is also hanging it up after one term — he being Zachary Henak in the district sandwiching Odana Hills golf course on the near west side. In addition to Ald. Skidmore, the fourth moderate facing opposition is Council President Sheri Carter on the south sides’s 14th. Her opponent is none other than Brandi Grayson.
It is a measure of how the Far Left plays the race card that a Grayson supporter cries racism in this morning’s Wisconsin State Journal. “Do we even know how hard it will be for [Grayson] to win? We do not like Black folks in this city.”
Except that the city must like Black folks well enough to elect Sheri Carter, who qualifies as a Black folk, and name her as council president. But Ald. Carter is not the right kind of Black folk. The Grayson supporter accuses her of being “one of the good ones.” Another way to say “Tom.”
Hardcore cop basher challenged
A race to watch is in the 18th on the far north side, where incumbent Rebecca Kemble is seeing re-election. Kemble is hardcore, full stop, anti-cop Progressive Dane. Wants to more thanquadruple an alder’s pay, to $67,000 from the current $13,560. Seeking to upset her is the son of an immigrant from Nigeria, Charles Mayadze — a Democrat, Steelworkers union member, NAACP officer, and father of three. The fifth moderate, Barbara Harrington McKinney, had not drawn a challenger as of 10 a.m. this morning 01-05-21.
Six incumbents are not seeking re-election: Shiva Bidar bordering Shorewood Hills, Marsha Rummel on Willy Street, Mad Max Prestigiacomo on the UW campus, Samba Baldeh and the afore-mentioned Tierney and Henak.
Four districts — Skidmore’s 9th, Tierney’s old 16th, Kemble’s 18th, and Ald. Keith Furman’s 19th — require primaries (on February 16) because more than two candidates have filed. So far.