Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Alumni, adjunct win election bids

Two alumni and an adjunct professor won their election bids in April's election.


Shawn Pfaff

2002 grad Shawn Pfaff won his bid to become mayor of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, by a 55 percent margin, defeating incumbent Jay Allen in April's election. "I am honored and humbled to be given such an awesome opportunity and responsibility by our community's residents," says Pfaff, who is a senior associate at Capitol Consultants.

Pfaff adds that he looks forward to working with his mentor and former graduate school advisor, Paul Soglin.

Soglin, an adjunct professor of public affairs, also toppled an incumbent to become mayor of Madison for the third time. He won with 49.77 percent of the vote, compared to Dave Cieslewicz's 48.97 percent. Soglin served as Madison's mayor from 1973-79 and 1989-97. He taught public finance, management and personnel for La Follette from 1997-2002. He returned in 2008 to teach public management and public budgeting.

Brian Solomon, a 1992 alum, won re-election to the Madison Common Council.

A version of this article appeared in the spring 2011 La Follette Notes.