During the first part of our campaign there has been discussion that there is no difference between me and my opponents. This is simply not true. I am neither Republican nor Democrat, nor have any other political party affiliation. I do not have hidden agendas, and always look for the best from the full political spectrum to find common sense solutions that will benefit most Madisonians.
For the past six weeks I have raised many issues that are important to Madison. These include fiscal responsibility in government, affordable housing, lower taxes, jobs that pay a living wage, quality basic services, such as clean water, and safe neighborhoods. I have also discussed what we need to do to improve our environment, an issue my opponents have ignored. Caring about the environment is not just the right thing to do, but it also makes sense because it promotes economic development, which in turn creates jobs that pay a living wage and improve the quality of life for our community.[/b]
Championing environmental initiatives clearly sets me apart from my opponents. During my six years in the MayorÃ¢??s Office I worked to establish many environmental programs for the City. Among these are the CityÃ¢??s membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gasses emissions, membership in USDOEÃ¢??s Clean Cities Program to promote alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, developed a bicycle program as an alternative to CityÃ¢??s vehicles use, and joined the Global Action Plan to form Ecoteams, which later evolved into MadisonÃ¢??s Environmental Action Teams (EnAct), just to name a few. To guide these programs I also worked to establish the CityÃ¢??s Environmental Manager position. Unfortunately during his tenure the mayor eliminated or weakened these programs, including the manager position. It is perplexing to think why the mayor, who supposedly is an environmentalist, has ignored or dismantled these programs. As Mayor I will work to restore them.
As we enter the last few days of the primary campaign, I wanted to inform you of some events that will lead us to next Tuesday.
Friday, February 16th from 6:30pm Ã¢?? 7:30pm House Party to be hosted by Thuy Pham-Remmele, District 12 Aldermanic candidate
Saturday, February 17th 2pm Ã¢?? Online chat with Peter on AIM: Munoz4Madison
Saturday, February 17th from 4pm Ã¢?? 6pm House Party and fundraiser hosted by George Arida
I have already voted for Peter MuÃƒÂ±oz by absentee ballot.