Coverage of the Madison mayoral race featuring incumbent Paul Soglin and challenger Satya Rhodes-Conway.
Demand for basic services continues to rise, and escalating costs combined with limited revenue sources are forcing the city to make choices and innovate, from bus services to solid waste collection.
Madison's economy is doing well, but the city faces racial inequalities in income, and economic forces like online shopping are having an impact on State Street and shopping malls
Independent spending is legal, and the committee, Leadership WI, properly reported it's expenditure to the state Ethics Commission, but large independent expenditures from outside Dane County are rare in Madison city races.
If there's a thread running through virtually every issue of the campaign to lead the city between Mayor Paul Soglin and challenger former Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway, it's racial equity.
Rhodes-Conway raised $125,754 and Soglin $77,265 in the latest reporting period, which covers financial activities in a six-week period from Feb. 5 through March 18.
Both candidates for Madison mayor put a heavy emphasis on broad prevention strategies over more cops on the street.
The two again focused on topics like race, mass transit and leadership styles while addressing flooding concerns and the Madison Public Market project.
In their first debate, Soglin and Rhodes-Conway drew differences on housing, the city's rising debt, public safety, transportation, racial equity and economic development.
The debates and forums are set at locations across the city and all except one sponsored by high school students are open to the general public.
After advancing in Tuesday's primary, Mayor Paul Soglin and former Ald. Satya Rhodes Conway launched into the general election campaign with a fervor.
Ald. Mo Cheeks placed third, followed by Raj Shukla, Nick Hart and write-in candidate Toriana Pettaway, according to unofficial results from the Dane County Clerk's Office.