A message from Madison Mayor Paul Soglin
After much thought and consideration, I am running for re-election as Madison Mayor.
Since I returned to office in 2011, we’ve accomplished a great deal. Looking back, we’ve made significant strides, and looking ahead, there is much I would like to finish with you.
Mayor Soglin: Building a Stronger Madison
We must continue to grow Madison, effectively and wisely. We launched Starting Block and the Public Market is under way. The City’s financial health is fundamental to our ability to close gaps in housing, education, and opportunity. Because of cuts on the State level, we must rely on a growing tax base to fund services and initiatives that we value.
You probably saw the Race to Equity Report which is based on 2011 data, the year I returned to office. Since that time, income disparity has been cut in half and African American household income is up. Latinx household income shows similar gains. Juvenile arrests have been halved. The gaps are still too wide and persistent. That’s why my budgets have invested in collaborative, effective initiatives that show results. That’s why we must push back against efforts to siphon resources away from equity initiatives. We must continue to do better.
Starting in 2019, all city employees will make a minimum of $15 an hour. We’ve mandated that that city financed job TIFs create jobs that pay $15/hour, provide health insurance, and retirement benefits.
We made a commitment to build 1000 units of affordable housing and we kept it. We are now setting new goals.
Madison needs a Mayor ready to lead in times of crisis. Record rains created record flooding. We kept the city open and we provided clear, calm, and accurate information at every step of the way. Now our city engineers are working tirelessly to prevent flooding in the event of another 500-year storm.
We took on the challenges of the Trump administration. We will be relentless in combating ICE and the danger, the heartbreak, and the destabilization created by its horrible actions.
Many of you have made it clear that you believe my serving another term as our City’s mayor is key in addressing the challenges we face and in fully realizing the opportunities we have. I appreciate your confidence and your trust. I hope you will follow the Soglin for Mayor Re-election campaign and that you will reach out with questions on the issues that matter most to you.