Madison Mayor Soglin loses re-election bid, nine new members will join city’s Common Council

In Madison, Wisconsin, Satya Rhodes-Conway defeated incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin in the general election on April 2, 2019. With all precincts reporting, unofficial results showed Rhodes-Conway received 61.9 percent of the vote to Soglin’s 37.7 percent of the vote.
 
The general election candidates advanced from a five-way primary on February 19. Soglin came in first place, receiving 28.6 percent of the vote. Rhodes-Conway trailed him by less than 1 percentage point, receiving 27.7 percent of the vote.
 
Rhodes-Conway will be the second woman to serve as mayor of Madison. She previously served on the city council from 2007 to 2013. Soglin first served as mayor from 1973 to 1979. He was re-elected in 1989 and served until 1997. He was elected again in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. In all, he has served as mayor of the city for a combined 22 years. Soglin also ran for governor of Wisconsin in 2018 but lost in the Democratic primary.
 
All 20 seats on the Madison Common Council were also up for election. Of the 11 incumbents seeking re-election, nine were unopposed. The two incumbents who faced challengers were re-elected. Nine new members will join the council.
 
Madison is the second-largest city in Wisconsin and the 82nd-largest city in the U.S. by population.
 



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