Former Mayor Joel Skornicka wrote this to the Capital Times:
Dear Editor: The next four years will be crucial for the future well-being of Madison. It will be a period of austerity not experienced by local government in many years. I believe that Paul Soglin is better qualified to address the challenges and to retain Madison as a leader even during difficult times.
Currently, we lack a clear vision for Madison’s future. Soglin has time and again articulated a vision for the type of community that Madison can become. More importantly, he successfully implemented his vision through the construction of the State Street and Capitol Concourse malls, the Monona Terrace Convention Center, the bike path system, etc. We need his clear-headed and proven leadership.
During the past eight years, Madison’s debt has doubled and debt service costs will increase substantially -- consuming a greater portion of the budget. This level of borrowing is unsustainable. We need to change course and Soglin has demonstrated the critical skills needed to successfully manage the city’s finances.
Similarly, during the past eight years Madison has seen an unprecedented exodus of upper management officials. For the first time, we are experiencing difficulties recruiting the top-quality talent that Madison needs to navigate the difficulties we will encounter in the upcoming years. Again, throughout his previous administrations, Soglin recruited and retained top-notch managers and has demonstrated his management skills.
Please join me in supporting Paul Soglin for mayor.
- Barry Orton
Editor's Note: Campaign contributions can be made out to Soglin for Mayor and mailed to PO Box 1228, Madison WI 53701. Please include contact information and whether we can use your name as a supporter. Let us know if you can volunteer or sponsor a fundraiser. State law requires you to supply employer information (name and address) if your contribution is over $100 in a calendar year. The campaign website at http://www.soglinformayor.com is able to take online contributions, but please feel free to go old school via the US Postal Service.