MGR Govindarajan is running for District 8 alder in the City of Madison, his campaign announced on Thursday.
Govindarajan, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying legal studies and political science, has served the greater campus area as the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) Legislative Affairs Chair for two years.
“Students and young people represent over one-sixth of the population in the City of Madison; however, our issues are neglected and ignored,” Govindarajan said in a statement. “As alder, I want to address the housing crisis by building connections between the City and the university, connections which I’ve already made as the Legislative Affairs Chair of ASM. I want to focus on mental health, and expand the CARES program to 24/7 availability. Not only will I represent our campus voice, I will bring students and young people with me to the City Hall so we can make our voices heard.”
Govindarajan is a first-generation college student and brings a unique perspective as a student advocate for community members, according to a press release and has entered the race to continue advocating for young people in a more impactful way by focusing on bringing and uplifting young voices to City Hall. His campaign priorities will be affordable housing, increased mental health services, improving safety on and off-campus, and focusing on better modes of transportation.
District 8 is located on the UW-Madison campus and is a seat that historically has been held by a student or recent graduate.