Syed Abbas took a commanding lead in the primary election for Madison Alder to represent District 12 on the East Side, taking 44.7 percent of the vote to second-place finisher Diane Farsetta’s 34 percent.
Abbas, who has lived in Madison for three years, has thrown himself into community involvement. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Eken Park Neighborhood Association, Vice Chair and citizen member of the Public Safety Review Committee, member of the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee, and member of the Task Force on Equity in Music and Entertainment.
Farsetta has served on the Emerson East Neighborhood Association steering committee and City of Madison’s Sister City Collaboration Committee, and has volunteered with Occupy Madison Tiny Home Village, WORT community radio, Madison-area Urban Ministry and other local groups.
Iraq veteran Mark-Anthony Whitaker earned 9.7 percent of the vote while Lydia Maurer and James Stanfield garnered 8.1 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively.
Voters will choose between Abbas and Farsetta to replace longtime alder Larry Palm in the April 2 general election.