District 12 includes parts of Madison’s East and North Sides, and had been represented by Larry Palm, who has been on the council since 2005. He announced last fall that he wouldn’t seek reelection.
This district stretches east and north of East Washington Avenue, and includes Eken Park and Emerson East neighborhoods, as well as north through Brentwood Village and Warner Park. The district also includes the Dane County Regional Airport.
Additionally, District 12 includes the closed Oscar Mayer plant location and the proposed public market on East Wash.
Four candidates are vying to fill Palm’s open seat. Lydia Maurer did not respond to our interview request.
You can hear our interviews with the other three candidates below.
Syed Abbas served as the co-chair of the Eken Park Neighborhood Association and Vice Chair of the city’s Public Safety Review Committee. He also currently serves on the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee and the Task Force on Equity in Music and Entertainment.
On council, he wants to focus on livable wage jobs for parts of the district with high unemployment rates, as well as affordable housing.
Listen to our interview with him below:
Diane Farsetta has been on the Emerson East Neighborhood Association since 2007 and volunteers with Occupy Madison’s tiny homes village, which she lives near.
Farsetta wants to focus on sustainable growth in District 12, especially in terms of transportation and affordable housing.
Listen to our interview with her below:
Mark-Anthony Whitaker has lived in Madison since he moved here with his fiance in 2011. He wants to focus on closing racial equity gaps and bringing more voices to the table as an alder.
The primary race is on Feb. 19. Along with District 12, Districts 3, 13 and 15 will also have primaries.