A couple of thoughts that surfaced to the top of my mind the day after an important spring election. Well, it was important here in Madison, and I’ll bring up why in a second. If you had spring general elections where you lived, know that it was important for your locale as well, and that you exercised your right to vote.
Perhaps the most noteworthy election occurred in the city of Chicago, which in Lori Lightfoot will see only its second female mayor, not to mention its third African-American mayor. (That her opponent was also black and female made it an historic campaign.) Lightfoot is also gay, and will become Chicago’s first openly LGBT mayor.
Lori Lightfoot’s victory is certainly noteworthy and historic in Chicago, certainly perking the spirits of her supporters and some optimism within the city’s LGBT community. But here in Madison, we had our own significant election this week, involving the person pictured to your right. Satya Rhodes-Conway has called Madison home for 20 years. She served on Madison’s City Council for 6 years and had been working with a UW—Madison-based think tank when she decided to run for the office of Mayor of the City of Madison.
Satya was among 6 candidates for mayor and placed in the top two when the first round of the election was held in February. The other person who advanced to this week’s election is perhaps best known by this moniker: “Mayor for Life.” No, don’t take that literally, but he did spend 22 years over 3 tenures as mayor that covered parts of five decades. That and the fact that his viewpoints and fighting spirit matched that of most of the citizenry (progressive, radical) gave one the sense that he could be mayor for as long as he lived on this earth.