Election day is coming up this upcoming Tuesday in Madison, and the Black community in Madison has questions for our mayoral candidates. As you do research this weekend in preparation for voting, consider these questions and how the mayoral candidates have (or have not) addressed these 7 questions.
- Why do you want to be mayor during such racially tumultuous times?
- How did Madison get to the point of becoming ground-zero for racial disparities between black and white citizens?
- What is your connection to the black community, and how will that inform your work in making Madison a great community for blacks as well as whites and other people of color?
- How should we measure the success of mayor’s in terms of racial relations? What are the indicators or how do we assess one’s success?
- What about Madison would make it attractive to black middle class Americans?
- If you were a black professional, what opportunities and community transformation would need to exist in order for you to want to stay in Madison?
- If you were black in Madison, where would you go to hang out for cultural relief and affirmation?
If you want to hear more behind these questions and what I mean by them, check out the following short podcast to hear me talk through why these questions are important.
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