Madison mayor candidates gather at Barrymore for first forum of 2019 election season

Madison’s six candidates for mayor shared the debate stage for the first time this election season Wednesday night, raising what they view as the top issues facing the city and showcasing a diversity of experiences and personalities.

Approximately 640 people gathered at the east side’s Barrymore Theatre for The Capital Times’ event to hear from Raj Shukla, Mo Cheeks, Nick Hart, Toriana Pettaway, Satya Rhodes-Conway and incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin.

The candidates exhibited a passion for making the city better for all residents, discussing equity, affordable housing and climate change. Some discussed specific goals and policy recommendations they would pursue if elected.

Shukla, the executive director of the River Alliance of Wisconsin and chair of the Sustainable Madison Committee, set a goal of making the entire community carbon free by 2045.