"Madison deserves new leadership equal to our aspirations and undaunted by our challenges. BUT This campaign is about more than just electing a mayor. It’s about each of us taking responsibility for our city’s future." - Raj Shukla
We live in the most dynamic, progressive city in the state. But city leaders seem more interested in talking to themselves than acting for all of us.
Here’s the thing--we are what we do, not just what we say or what we think we know. I am running to make sure Madison gets to work for everyone.
My parents are immigrants who showed me anything is possible with hard work and a supportive community. My wife and I want a fair, healthy and diverse city for our three young daughters. Social justice is far more than just an ideal for us.
I’m ready to lead a transition to 100% clean energy for our city. I am committed to equity as a moral duty. And like so many of our Madison neighbors, I know safe, vibrant neighborhoods inspire the best in all of us.
With your help, Madison will move forward with ambition, creativity and common purpose.
Raj commutes by bike to work as executive director of a state-wide water policy group. He also chairs the city's Sustainable Madison Committee. Madison became the first Wisconsin city to reach for 100% renewable energy under his leadership.
With Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, Raj taught high school students the science of climate change. He then joined the social enterprise, Cool Choices, to help businesses cut costs and carbon emissions.
Raj began his career in AmeriCorps where he worked to bring jobs to struggling neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Raj signed up as a disaster relief volunteer with the Red Cross. He delivered clean water and meals to communities shattered by inaction.
Now he tackles challenges closer to home as a member of the Rotary Club of Madison. He has also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the Dane County foster care system.
Raj and his wife made Madison their home in 2006. Their three young daughters attend Madison public schools. He’s a UW graduate and a die-hard Badger. So is his wife, his two sisters before him, and two nephews today.