The race between the two candidates was low-key when compared to the last round of elections in 2003. Thiw was particularly the case after they emerged from a four-way primary (which included candidates Cieslewicz prevails in bid for reelection
Isthmus also conducted a weekly question and answer series with the primary and general election candidates, addressing different aspects of the issues facing the City of Madison, and their messages for voters. This series follows:
- Allen and Cieslewicz gaze into the future
- Mayoral candidates point towards the future of Madison's TIF policy
- Is Madison charging too much for its parking tickets? Allen and Cieslewicz disagree
- Did TomoTherapy need a helping hand? Mayoral rivals weigh in
- Allen and Cieslewicz address a proposal to enact public financing of local elections
- Do you support creating a Regional Transit Authority, with its own power of taxation?
- Is constant grousing bad for business in Madison?
- Where do the candidates stand on Madison's indoor smoking ban?
- Every mayoral candidate discusses what went wrong with the budget for the Overture Center.
- If you could change or repeal one city ordinance, what would it be?
- Madison mayoral candidates assess their chances at the polls
There has also been considerable ongoing blogging about the Madison mayoral elections; this may be found in Madison Miscellany.