City of
Madison

District 15

Alder Grant Foster

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Alder Grant Foster

Contact Information

Home Address:

3930 Anchor Drive
Madison , WI 53714

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Foster’s Updates

Advisory Referendum, Spring Election, Violence Prevention - D15 Update 1/11/21

January 11, 2021 11:55 AM

absentee ballot request
You can request your absentee ballot at myvote.wi.gov. Requesting it now will help staff process all the requests efficiently and will give you the most time to fill it out and return it ahead of the election.

Last Week

New email list for blog updates

Just one last reminder that if you would like to receive an email notification for new blog posts during campaign season, please send me an email to district15@cityofmadison.com and I will get you added.

Request absentee ballot now for spring election on April 6

With the fall election barely in the rearview mirror, preparations are already underway for the spring nonpartisan election on April 6. You can find the list of candidates that filed ahead of last week's deadline here. The election will include common council, school board, and judicial seats, as well as an advisory referendum with questions related to the structure of the common council (see more on the referendum below and a link to request your ballot here). 

Common Council

Last week's Common Council meeting covered a lot of ground and lasted nearly 7½ hours, ending at 2 a.m. One outcome worth highlighting is the decision to place a series of advisory referendum questions related to the structure of city government on the Spring 2021 ballot. The city will be working to get additional background information out to voters on this referendum over the next several months. The 4 questions on the ballot will be as follows: 

  1. Madison currently has a part-time Common Council who are paid approximately thirteen-thousand seven hundred ($13,700) per year.

Beginning with the 2023 Spring Election, SHOULD the City of Madison transition to a full-time Common Council with each Common Council Member earning between fifty percent (50%) to eighty percent (80%) of the Adjusted Median Income for Dane County for a single parent with two children (approximately $45,000 to $71,000) per year?

  1. Madison currently has a part-time Common Council comprised of twenty (20) alderpersons, one from each alderperson district.

Beginning with the 2023 Spring Election, SHOULD the size of the City of Madison Common Council be reduced?

Beginning with the 2023 Spring Election, SHOULD the size of the City of Madison Common Council be increased?

SHOULD the size of the City of Madison Common Council remain the same?

  1. Madison alderpersons are currently elected to two (2) year terms. The Madison Mayor is currently elected to four (4) year terms.

Beginning with the 2023 Spring Election, SHOULD City of Madison alderpersons be elected to four (4) year terms?                     

  1. Madison alderpersons are currently not subject to term limits.

Beginning with the 2023 Spring Election, if the City transitions to a full-time Common Council SHOULD the City of Madison alderpersons be subject to term limits of twelve (12) consecutive years?

Other city updates:

This Week

ECA Meeting

The Eastmorland Community Association will hold its monthly meeting virtually on Tuesday at 7pm. You can join the meeting here.

Discussion on Gun Violence and Tear Gas Usage

The Public Safety Review Committee will be discussing a report on gun violence, along with several other related items of interest, at its meeting on Wednesday. Meeting details online here.

Proposed Body-Worn Camera Recommendations

The Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Review Committee will be continuing its discussion of, and possible action on, recommendations related to body-worn cameras at its meetings on Monday and Friday. Meeting details here.

Violence Prevention Update

On Wednesday, at the Board of Public Health meeting, the Violence Prevention Unit will give an update on their work. You can find meeting details here.

Other city meetings

There are a number of city meetings not highlighted in this update. You can find a full schedule of city meetings here.


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