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Soglin, Rhodes-Conway focus on issues heading into April election

MADISON (WKOW) — Madisonians have about six weeks until they choose the city’s next mayor. The race is between incumbent Paul Soglin and former alder Satya Rhodes-Conway and both are already zeroing in on the issues.

At a press conference on Wednesday, one day after earning the most votes in the primary, Soglin noted the issues being discussed would change as the race went on.

“The focus over the last four months, and go back and look at statements of all candidates and forums, basically was criticism of me,” said Soglin. “The issues are going to become broader and issues that really get to what is my strength: the ability to manage and deal with tough challenges.”

Both Soglin and Rhodes-Conway plan to talk about major issues facing Madison and solutions to fix them. They include transportation issues, racial disparities, global warming and affordable housing.

“The crisis is multi-faceted and there is no one solution. I’m interested in working on all of those fronts to make sure that everyone has a safe and affordable home in Madison,” said Rhodes-Conway. “Really at the end of the day, we just have to produce more units of housing so that the people who are coming to live here and want to live here, can.”

Soglin maintains his efforts of working for affordable housing have paid off.

“We were able to get the private sector to add 5,000 or 6,000 new units which took us from the worst city in the United States in regards a vacancy rate,” he said.

“I’d like to look at creative solutions like co-ops and land trusts and land-banking. I think what we have not fully explored the potential there,” said Rhodes-Conway.

Soglin said if he’s re-elected, his obligation will continue to be serving the people of Madison, not politicians.

Rhodes-Conway plans to continue a campaign calling for a change in leadership and ideas.

Hunter Sáenz

Reporter, WKOW

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