Letter to the editor

Three years ago, I supported Randy Udell’s campaign for City Council, knocking on countless doors and getting the word out to voters. I advocated for Randy due to his pledges to prioritize issues like climate change, and his promises to invest and uplift Fitchburg to be a Dane County community people wanted to move to and live in.

After three years on the Council however, Randy Udell has sadly failed to meet these commitments. As an alder he has voted against proposals to support public transportation in Fitchburg (Resolution R-126-20, August 2020), voted against funding to prepare our city for climate change (11/9/21 Budget Amendment #10), and opposed the Teen Center to ensure youth in our city have places to thrive (11/10/20 Budget Amendment #15).

EDITOR'S NOTE: According to the minutes of the Nov. 9, 2021 meeting, Udell voted in favor of Budget Amendment #10 to add to the city's Sustainability Plan to address climate change.  

Worst yet, I am deeply concerned by alder Udell’s staunchest supporters, those who also happen to be the most conservative voices on our City Council. President Biden once said “Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.” In this case, show me your supporters, and I’ll tell you what they’ll prioritize in office.

On April 4, I’m supporting Julia Arata-Frata because she has a vision for an equitable and inclusive Fitchburg, the support of progressive alders, and a plan to build Fitchburg into a place we all can succeed.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting such an experienced, driven, thoughtful leader.

Sam Voorhees


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