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Forum held for Madison residents thinking of running for office

Published On: Dec 10 2012 12:18:17 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 10 2012 12:42:39 AM CST

The November elections might be behind us, but the spring aldermanic elections are closer than you think.

So a forum was held Sunday at the Madison Public Library’s Pinney Branch on Cottage Grove Road for anyone eager to learn more about running for alder positions on Madison's Common Council.

For eight years, Alder Lauren Cnare has been serving the Madison community.

"And it's one of those things, that when I'm out talking to constituents saying, 'You should consider this, you've got some skills in the neighborhood, you've got some work under your belt,'" said Cnare.

The interest of her constituents interest led to the "Thinking of Running for Office?" forum that took place on Sunday.

The event was an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions to alders who are doing the job today.

"So we're trying to help people understand, what the whole panoply of the job is: How many hours does it really take, what does it do if you're a working person, what does it do if you have children in your life, older parents in your life," said Cnare. "And how it can fit really nicely as an opportunity to contribute to your community and your city."

Five different alders contributed to the two hour forum answering questions from residents who have considered running like Joann Affolter.

"This is all wonderful information for anyone to know what's all involved, before you decide to campaign," said Affolter.

Although the forum wasn't about how to run a campaign, it did cover why it's important to run.

And also how current political leaders hope to see new faces in the spring elections.

"The goal of today is to have every district have two or three people running if there's an open seat," said Cnare. "I think that's a really important element. So that people have a choice in their elections."

Alder Cnare said there are several open seats in Madison's Common Council, and more could open up as the spring election approaches.

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