Vol. 8    No. 6
MARCH 21, 2013

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Contributing Writers
Rita Adair, Ike Anyanike, Paul
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Andrew Gramling, Lang Kenneth
Haynes, Rebecca Her, Heidi
Pascual,  & Martinez White
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                        Anniversary and Elections
Sometimes putting together a newspaper like The Capital City Hues can seem to be an effortless task
where the paper just seems to come together on its own. And then there are those times, like our March
7th issue, when the process just grinds on and on and on, when it isn’t a labor of love, only a labor. And it
just doesn’t seem to make sense why that is in just the matter of a two-week period of time.

I was wondering about that with this last issue and then it struck me. It was the final issue of our seventh
year of existence. The first issue of The Capital City Hues was published on March 22, 2006. Over the
course of the next 364 weeks, we published 182 editions of The Capital City Hues. We published, without
fail, every two weeks during that period. That’s a whole lot of papers.

I was feeling kind of wore out two weeks ago and subconsciously, I think I was feeling the years. It was
kind of difficult letting go of that last issue of our seventh year.

But what a difference two weeks makes and it was actually a rather pleasant task putting out this, our
first issue of our eighth year. And just like the first issue, we have the answers of the school board
candidates to our election questionnaire. In addition to the school board, we also have responses back
from Supreme Court, state superintendent and Dane County judge candidates. While we reached out to all
of the candidates in those races, some were not able to get their answers back to us in time.

It’s been an interesting election season. For the first time in my memory, we had four candidates of color
running for the Madison school board. Due to a primary election fiasco, Ananda Mirilli, a promising
candidate, was eliminated in the primary due to some liberal Willie Hortonism going on. When the primary
winner, Sarah Manski, dropped out of the race very shortly after the primary, it left us with only one
candidate for Seat 5 of the Madison school board.

I’m not sure how I’m going to vote in that one come April 2. Maybe I will take Dr. John Odom’s advice and
vote for Sarah Manski even though she withdrew as a kind of protest vote. I have nothing against T.J.
Mertz, the remaining candidate. It’s just that I feel robbed and rarely vote for unopposed candidates
anyway.

A long-time friend of mine, Wayne Strong is running for Seat 3 of the Madison school board and I will be
voting for him. I have known Wayne since he was, in essence, a beat cop in South Madison and I was on
the board of the South Madison Neighborhood Center. Wayne has always been there for the kids of South
Madison as well as other parts of town. Wayne has worked with many of the same kids who if they
showed improvement in their academic grades, the achievement gap would become negligible. Wayne
knows how and why they think the way they do and I can’t help but feel that would be an asset on the
Madison school board.

I’ve known James Howard even longer, since the mid-1980s when we both served on the South Madison
Community Development Corporation. James has also been involved in the community since forever and
his economics background is a plus for a school board that is continuously strapped financially due to
state strictures.

What I have also noticed this election is that there seems to be an uptick in the level of attention that
Majority candidates have been giving to voters of color. In the old days — and sometimes they aren’t so old
— it seemed that Democratically-leaning candidates could take the vote of people of color for granted,
getting the endorsement of a handful of people during the election and then disappearing from the
communities of color until the next election comes around. And the Republicans would write off the voters
of color immediately and not expend any time courting their vote.

But this election, I’ve noticed that people have given more effort to courting voters of color, especially in
the Dane County circuit judge race. Rebecca St. John asked for the endorsement of this paper several
times and I noticed in her answers to our questionnaires that she has gotten the endorsement of more than
just a token number of leaders of color in our community.

It is good that the votes of people of color are being competed for. And as our communities of color
continue to grow in the future, it is very important that their needs and issues are taken into consideration
through the electoral process.

And so vote on April 2. There are clear choices in these races. Someone died so that you could vote. Don’t
make their death be senseless. Vote April 2!