MADISON (WKOW)-- After months of rumors and assumptions by many who are involved in Madison city politics, 8th District Alder Scott Resnick has officially announced his candidacy for mayor.
The race for mayor suddenly just got younger as 27-year-old Resnick, a two term common council member and former council president pro tempore puts his name on the ballot. If elected Resnick would become the 2nd youngest mayor in Madison history.
"Madison is a city that is warm, that is open-minded and allows young leaders to be able to take a risk, to put different ideas and bold visions out there. That will be part of the campaign," Resnick says.
Resnick currently overseas district eight in Madison, an area heavily populated by UW-Madison students. Political experts say this youthful population often times has the power to swing close elections.
"Voter turnout when we have Spring elections, which includes the mayoral race, is not very high, period. If students are really motivated they can indeed have a major impact on the outcome," UW-Madison Political Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang says.
As young as Resnick is, one of his opponents, 30-year-old Bridget Maniaci, is just three years older. She is a former Madison Common Council member and UW-Madison graduate. The other name on the ballot is incumbent mayor Paul Soglin, who was just 27-years-old the first time he was elected mayor in 1973.
Dresang says youth may be a factor in the race, but the biggest factor will be Soglin's incumbency and the public's perception of how successful his last term as mayor was.
"When an incumbent is running and things are going well, there's the obvious question which is well, why should we change? Why should we get someone else in?" Dresang says.
Over the next few months both Resnick and Maniaci will need to answer this crucial question if they have any hope of winning the election on April 7th of next year. The city of Madison is still accepting mayoral candidates at this time.
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