Madison Alder Maurice Cheeks announces run for mayor

- Madison Alder Maurice Cheeks announced Thursday he is beginning his 2019 campaign for Mayor of Madison.

Cheeks, who goes by the nickname Mo, is the current alder for the 10th district. The area includes the Allied Drive neighborhood and Nakoma. He has served on the Madison Common Council since 2013.

“Madison deserves a mayor dedicated to creating a future worthy of our next generation – one who has been standing up for our residents during this critical time of change in our country," Cheeks said in a news release. "I’m eager to lead the effort to advance innovative solutions to our challenges and capitalize on the enormous opportunities presented by Madison’s rapid growth and diversification.”

If elected, Cheeks said he wants to address challenges facing the city including crime reduction, economic mobility, affordable housing, voting access, food access, transportation planing, and youth and education related issues.

Former alder Satya Rhodes-Conway is the only other candidate to have officially announced a campaign. Mayor Paul Soglin, who is running for governor, has not said whether he will run for re-election.

The mayoral election is April 2, 2019. A primary is scheduled for February 19, 2019.

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