Raj Shukla Announces Bid for Mayor

River Alliance of Wisconsin Executive Director Raj Shukla is running for Madison mayor, he told Madison365 in an interview Thursday.

Shukla, who is also chair of the City’s Sustainable Madison Committee. Like many political newcomers, he’s running at least in part as a response to the Trump presidency.

“We’re living through this moment in history, where we are watching huge economic and racial disparities show themselves right now,” he said. “We’re living in this time with President Trump, and a state government that is openly hostile to the ideals of this community. And, I feel a lot of people are overwhelmed by all of it. All of it that is happening, and the speed with which it is happening, and feel a little alone because of it.”