Wanted: Mayoral Candidates
Madison has been blessed with so many assets–from great physical beauty to a huge built-in employment base of public employees–that the city’s charmed life seems as preordained as the morning sun.
In this opinion column for Isthmus, I suggest that darker times may be around the corner, and that we need a mayor who is up to the challenge. The column begins:
You have to like Dave Cieslewicz as mayor.
He seems almost the perfect fit for a progressive-minded city filled with gently graying baby boomers. He’s funny in a self-deprecating way. He’s calm and reassuring when he speaks to civic groups. He knows the city’s history. He extols its quirkiness. He bikes a lot. He’s green-minded. And, like everyone else in Madison, he’s an amateur urban planner.
He sounds perfect, but for a nagging concern: Dave Cieslewicz seems to play the role of mayor better than he performs its duties.
It’s not that he lacks accomplishments. But after he’s logged nearly eight years in office, I’m prompted to ask the Peggy Lee question: “Is that all there is?”
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