MADISON (WKOW) -- from Friends of Shiva Bidar-Sielaff: "I cannot imagine a better time to get involved in electoral politics and to work with my fellow citizens to move my district and city forward," said Shiva Bidar-Sielaff Tuesday as she declared her candidacy for the City of Madison Fifth Aldermanic District.
The seat will be vacated by current incumbent Alder Robbie Webber who has stated her intention to not run again.
Madison's Fifth District includes much of the Regent Neighborhood, west of Camp Randall, and the western-most portion of the University of Wisconsin campus.
Bidar-Sielaff has lived in the district for 11 years with her husband Alex Sielaff and is a veteran community volunteer, including service on several city committees.
She is employed as the Director of Community Partnerships and Interpreter Services by UW Health.
Bidar-Sielaff said, "I have been fortunate to work with the full spectrum of our community - from CEOs and top elected officials to the most vulnerable. My commitment to the Fifth District and decision to run comes from my experience in seeing what can be accomplished through working together."
Her community and civic service has earned her the endorsements of Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Dane County Board Chair Scott McDonell and outgoing Alder Robbie Webber among many prominent Madisonians and district residents.
Mayor Cieslewicz said, "Shiva knows Madison and her district extremely well. She's committed to the community and she'll hit the ground running. I'm looking forward to working with her on the Council."
Bidar-Sielaff pledged to meet as many district residents as possible in the upcoming months and to listen to their cares, hopes and concerns.
"While my ultimate goal is to serve as alder, I am looking forward to the listening and learning that will come during the campaign. What a great opportunity to serve my friends and neighbors," she said.