The People's Mayoral Forum Q&A with Satya Rhodes-Conway
What is Madison's greatest challenge?
Madison is facing a housing affordability crisis. Lack of affordable housing hits low-income households most severely, and in Madison has a disproportionate impact on families of color. Lack of affordable housing at all levels makes our city less a less attractive place to move to or start a business in. As Mayor, I will work to preserve existing affordable housing and ensure that we’re building more housing units at all levels of affordability.
What work have you done to mitigate Madison's racial barriers?
Racial equity is front and center in the work I do at the Mayors Innovation Project, and racial equity should be at the heart of every decision we make as a city. I currently serve on the Madison Food Policy Council, where we’re focused on increasing access to healthy and affordable food -- especially in those neighborhoods currently defined as food deserts. I recently finished chairing the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee, which was focused on how to redevelop that site while getting as much benefit for the community as possible. Included in our assessment was a plan to mitigate potentially negative effects on racial equity stemming from the re-development. I’ve worked to get more people of color involved in local politics, including actively recruiting people to run for local office and working with the the Dane Dems to make that organization more welcoming.
Why should Madison pick you?
Madison needs a progressive, collaborative, experienced leader with the vision to make our city great for everyone. As the director of the Mayors Innovation Project, I work with mayors throughout the country on implementing progressive policy solutions for challenges faced by their cities. Madison’s challenges aren’t unique nor unsolvable -- I’m uniquely qualified to marshal the resources of the city to make Madison a place where everyone can thrive.
YGB has heard the community's cry for deeper questions with deeper responses that get past the political answers that everyone knows. We're getting at relevance. We're getting to specifics.This is your time to ask the REAL questions and get the REAL answers from our city's potential leader. Moderated by Sagashus Livingston. Attendance is free and open to the public. The event will take place on Monday, February 11, at 6:30pm. It will be located at Madison’s Central Library at 201 W Mifflin St. 3rd floor.
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