University of Wisconsin-Madison student John Magnino announced his candidacy for the Dane County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
If he were to be elected, Magnino said he would focus on securing the necessary resources for public protection, campus safety and social services, for which the Board is responsible for funding.
He also emphasized the need to increase student participation in local government, but acknowledged the obstacles presented by Wisconsin's Voter ID law.
"I'm committing my campaign not only to teaching people about the issues...but also just how they can get out to the polls...and make sure that their voice is heard on the County Board," he said.
After three years as a student at UW-Madison, Magnino says he feels his diversity of experience as a College Democrat, campus tour guide, and member of the Greek community on campus makes him a strong candidate.
"It's not one specific niche that I've been tapped into on campus," he said.
"I know what the student population needs to maintain a high quality of living."
Magnino joins previously unopposed candidate Leland Pan in running for the position.
Responding to Magnino's announcement, Pan, also a student, said he is confident in his own qualifications.
"Providing students with a choice in an election is really important," Pan said. "My background and skills as an organizer [are] going to prove to be more effective... in getting progressive change accomplished in Dane County."
In a press release Tuesday, Pan reported that he had surpassed his first month fundraising goal, as well as received endorsements from members of both the Associated Students of Madison and the Dane County Board.
The candidate elected on April 3 will replace current representative Analiese Eicher, who is not seeking re-election.