The single highest-profile race in the spring 2007 elections in Madison was for the position of mayor. Incumbent Dave Cieslewicz defeated challenger Ray Allen by 62% to 38% at the polls on Tuesday, Apr. 3 to win a second term in office.
The race between the two candidates was low-key when compared to the last round of elections in 2003. Thiw was particularly the case after they emerged from a four-way primary (which included candidates Peter MuÃoz and Will Sandstrom) on Feb. 20.
Coverage by Isthmus and The Daily Page of this spring's Madison mayoral elections follows:
- Cieslewicz prevails in bid for reelection
- Snapshot results for the spring 2007 election in Dane County
- Live-blogging the spring 2007 general election in Madison: Results!
- Live-blogging the 2007 spring general election in Madison: Vote!
- Rosas questions Cieslewicz on water report
- Spring candidates get ready to party
- City rules have builders TIFfed off
- Chad Vader meets Mayor Dave and Maya Cole
- Mayoral candidates size up Allied Drive's problems
- Allen, Cieslewicz debate, a city yawns
- Allen and Cieslewicz face off for the first time
- MuÃoz: "I'll have a full plate of work to do"
- Allen: "We're moving forward"
- Summarizing the results for the spring primary election on Feb. 20
- Live-blogging the 2007 spring primary election in Madison
- Madison mayoral candidates prepare for the primary... and the election night parties that follow
- Did Ray Allen support same-sex domestic partner benefits while on the Madison school board or didn't he?
- Madison mayoral candidates debate for Young Professionals
- United, they can't stand Dave
- Democracy for Wisconsin holds campaign cattle call
- Yuks fly at Progressive Dane's mayoral debate
- Madison mayoral candidates race online
- Peter MuÃoz debuts campaign Web site and MySpace page
- Mayor Dave unveils online video, snares free publicity
- A difference between Allen and MuÃoz, as seen at the first debate
- Allen and MuÃoz debate, mostly agree
- Mayor Dave Cieslewicz declines a debate: Objects to group's "right-wing agenda"
- Invincible? Mayor Dave emerges from his first term as Mr. Teflon
- "Why stop now?": Dave Cieslewicz formally announces bid for reelection as mayor of Madison
- Allen, Cieslewicz online campaigns underway: Are candidates for mayor hiring Madison companies for the work?
Isthmus also conducted a weekly question and answer series with the primary and general election candidates, addressing different aspects of the issues facing the City of Madison, and their messages for voters.
This series follows:
- Allen and Cieslewicz gaze into the future
- Mayoral candidates point towards the future of Madison's TIF policy
- Is Madison charging too much for its parking tickets? Allen and Cieslewicz disagree
- Did TomoTherapy need a helping hand? Mayoral rivals weigh in
- Allen and Cieslewicz address a proposal to enact public financing of local elections
- Do you support creating a Regional Transit Authority, with its own power of taxation?
- Is constant grousing bad for business in Madison?
- Where do the candidates stand on Madison's indoor smoking ban?
- Every mayoral candidate discusses what went wrong with the budget for the Overture Center.
- If you could change or repeal one city ordinance, what would it be?
- Madison mayoral candidates assess their chances at the polls
There has also been considerable ongoing blogging about the Madison mayoral elections; this may be found in Madison Miscellany.