Soglin won’t seek another term

Mayor Paul Soglin, 73, has decided pull out of the race for Madison mayor in 2019, which would have been his third consecutive term.

Soglin has a long history in the city, serving as Madison’s mayor from 1973-1979, 1989-1997 and this latest stint, since 2011. Three people had already voiced their decision to run for mayor next year — Ald. Maurice Cheeks, District 10, and former City Council members Satya Rhodes-Conway and Brenda Konkel. With Soglin’s announcement, there will likely be more.

Meanwhile, Soglin remains dedicated to a campaign for Wisconsin governor this year. The Democratic primary to narrow the candidate field of eight occurs on Aug. 14, but Soglin received only four percent of the vote among Democratic primary voters in the latest Marquette Law School poll.