Anita Weier was sworn in April 19th as District 18 alder on the Madison City Council.

I was re-elected to the Madison City Council without opposition in the April 2013 election.
I am honored to represent the 18th District on the Council. Challenges have been many, but so have satisfactions when I accomplish something, such as helping the Cherokee Park Neighborhood obtain a new and safer playground at the park on Cherokee Lake.

Several district residents asked me to continue, and I appreciate their faith in me.
I am equally proud that 14 of my colleagues on the City Council endorsed me, as did seven Dane County Supervisors, including Melissa Sargent and Paul Rusk, who represent the Northside. State Sen. Mark Miller, the new senator for our area, and State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, who represented the district for years, both endorsed me.

“Anita is an active, engaged member of the Northside. She is a dedicated hard worker who listens and acts in the best interest of her neighbors,” Sargent said. “I am proud to support the re-election of Alder Weier.”

I am a former reporter and editor for The Capital Times who was first elected to the Council in April 2011, with 60 percent of the vote.

I have focused on environmental issues, such as fighting to preserve a greenspace at 402 Troy Drive, where a 96,000-square-foot museum warehouse was proposed by the state Department of Administration. Faced with strong neighborhood and alder opposition to the site – which is next to Troy Gardens — the DOA has told Mayor Paul Soglin that they are focusing on another site.

I put environmental testing of Warner Park in the 2012 city budget. I also helped facilitate purchase of land at the corner of Wheeler Road and Comanche Way by the Natural Heritage Land Trust, so that site could be added to the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park. That purchase prevents development next to a wetland.

I have worked toward economic development on the Northside, helping the UW Credit Union through the city planning process so it will be able to open a branch on Northport Drive next year. Additionally, I have supported a kitchen incubator that would provide commercial kitchens for use by people starting food-related businesses.

Alder Satya Rhodes-Conway and I worked together to bring Ride the Drive to the Northside, and to limit the hours of operation and noise during Rhythm & Booms.

When a young man was murdered on Troy Drive near Vera Court in 2011, I worked with the Vera Court Neighborhood Center and local police to call neighborhood meetings and organize neighborhood walks to bring the community together to stand against crime. Police Chief Noble Wray agreed to add a neighborhood police officer to the area, and we obtained better lighting on the street where the shooting occurred.

I am working hard to represent the Northside well. If you have suggestions or concerns, contact me at If you wish to become involved in my campaign, please e-mail me at or call (608) 320-5820. Contributions can be sent to Friends of Anita Weier at 22 Golf Course Road, Madison, 53704.

Click here to see the video of the NPC 18th District Aldermanic Debate held on Feb. 23, 2011.

Paid for by Friends of Anita Weier; Belinda Genda treasurer

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