Nikki Conklin has convincingly unseated longtime incumbent Paul Skidmore in District 9 to represent Madison’s far west side on the Common Council.
Skidmore, a conservative who generally opposed efforts at police reform, has held the seat served since 2005. He was accused in September of using a misogynist slur against a constituent during an open Common Council meeting, but has denied the allegation.
Conklin, who works as Communications Consultant for Neighborhood Organizing Institute (NOI), won with 55 percent of the vote.
“I’m so incredibly honored for this opportunity to serve and represent my community. People wanted change, and change they will get. I’m ready to get to work,” Conklin said in a statement Tuesday night. “The campaign may be over, but now my work has just begun! As your new elected Alder I will fight for quality affordable housing, equity and justice and safety for all among other things. I look forward to sinking my feet in and getting to work on these issues. I want to thank everyone for all the support, love and encouragement they have showed me. Folks are ready for a change, and a vote for me, was a vote for change.”
Conklin also won the four-way primary in February.