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Peter Wilt and Mingo

What does soccer have to do with politics? Turns out, quite a bit.

Cap Times reporter and Wedge Issues host Jessie Opoien really wanted to meet Mingo, the plastic flamingo mascot for Madison's first professional soccer team, Forward Madison FC — so she started talking with some of the people involved with the team. 

After chatting with managing director Peter Wilt and social media producer Jason Klein, she learned that launching a new team is a lot like running a political campaign. Tune in this week to hear how Forward Madison is working to build a community of supporters in Madison and beyond.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.