Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, announced his canidacy for April's Madison mayoral election in a Thursday speech that jumped from social justice to 2 a.m. phone calls.
The mayoral hopeful focused his vision for Madison on new ideas grounded in action. He called for the younger generation's increased participation in politics as he expressed his rapport with the campus district.
Resnick noted his various accomplishments and ability to act, which he cited as a skill currently lacking within Madison leadership.
The young candidate referenced Soglin a few times in his speech at Cargo Coffee on Madison's east side, mentioning previous opposition with the mayor over a new proposal by the Common Council and Soglin’s remarks regarding efficiency and progress from 2011. He emphasized the importance of local politics representing everyone, instead of just the powerful and well-connected.
“Our next mayor must represent each and every person in Madison if we are truly going to make ours become [a] more prosperous and equitable city,” Resnick said.
Introducing the 77 Ideas Initiative, Resnick promised weekly updates from now until the election of fresh ideas that he will bring in the next four years.
Resnick spoke of an Internet co-op bringing Internet to everyone in Madison, the StartingBlock project, which would engage youth with new technologies. He also touched on his Capital Entrepreneurs network for fostering business connections as another possible initiative should he be elected.
“I believe in just doing, not just push forward ideas,” Resnick said.
Resnick will be running against current Mayor Paul Soglin, former alder Bridget Maniaci, former Dane County Supervisor Richard Brown and UW-Madison graduate Christopher Daly.