Regardless of the outcome of tomorrow's Dane County Board of Supervisors' election, District 5 representation will be greatly improved. However, we must raise a voice in opposition to the Editorial Board's endorsement of Democratic candidate Analiese Eicher. Eicher, who we are sure would make the Dane County seat more visible on campus and greatly improve student outreach, is regrettably ill-prepared for the job of District 5 representative.
During a debate two weeks ago between Eicher and Progressive Dane candidate Michael Johnson, Johnson demonstrated his knowledge of, and commitment to, local Madison and Dane County issues. Johnson has clearly thought about the Madison that he wants to represent, and his vision is flush with more egalitarian living situations for students and other members of the community, as well as his strong advocacy for the environment and social issues.
Above all, Johnson demonstrates a maturity not seen in Eicher. In our conversations with him, Johnson has shown us a personality beyond talking points, especially when dealing with issues like the Edgewater development and how we are going to fund ambitious projects in Madison. Unlike Eicher, who relies on political catch-alls like manure digesters and the Mifflin Street Block Party, Johnson has displayed a more complete understanding of what needs to be done for the greater Madison community.
District 5 is just one piece of the puzzle. Students are just as much a part of this puzzle as everyone else in Madison, and Johnson has shown us that he will be the best in representing student interests with integrity, fairness and determination.
–– Anthony Cefali and Kathy Dittrich