Madison Ald. Arvina Martin, 11th District, will resign from the city council effective May 25 to focus more on her family, personal life and a new job with Emerge Wisconsin, an organization that helps Democratic women seeking public office.
Martin, the first council member of the Ho Chunk Nation, was elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2019 and 2021, serving as vice-chairman of the council from April 2021 until last month. Her term ends in April 2023. She is the third council member to announce a resignation in recent weeks, following Lindsay Lemmer, 3rd District, and Christian Albouras, 20th District.
“Serving my neighbors and the city I love has been the greatest, incredible honor,” Martin said. “The past two years have been difficult for all of us. From the pandemic keeping us all at home, to kids going to school virtually, and other demands, I know many of us have been pushed to our limits. As we approach the rest of 2022, my priorities have changed. I want to focus on my family and my personal life.
“The work I do at Emerge Wisconsin will help create a pipeline of strong, effective leaders who will move our state forward into the future,” she said. Fortunately, this job means I can continue to strive to improve the city of Madison and the state of Wisconsin every day.”
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Martin, who has served on an array of city committees, special task forces and task forces, has been involved in many initiatives, from redesigning the city flag to updating our historic preservation ordinances and piloting the new Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) program, which combines a paramedic and an emergency worker to treat behavioral health emergencies.
“Ald. Martin has been an invaluable member of City Council, thoughtfully serving his district and balancing differing viewpoints with grace and empathy,” said Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. “As the first and only member of Council Ho Chunk, she provided an important connection to the Ho Chunk Nation and a unique perspective on policies and projects. I will miss her presence on the Board and want to thank her for her years of service.”
The procedure for filling the vacancy is set out in municipal ordinances and state law. Council Chairman Keith Furman, 19th District, will oversee an application process.
Candidates for the nomination must submit their applications by 4:30 p.m. on May 27.
Applications will be reviewed by the council’s executive committee, which will also conduct interviews with candidates at a special meeting on June 1. After the interviews, the committee will make a recommendation to the full council, which will then appoint an interim council member for the district at its June 7 meeting.
Applications should be emailed to: [email protected]
Applications should include the candidate’s name, address, phone numbers, email address, a resume covering education, work, neighborhood, and civic experience, and an explanation of why why the person wants the job, what they hope to accomplish, and whether they plan to run in the spring 2023 election.