The spring candidates for Madison Common Council are heavily represented in the education, government and health care professions.
All candidates are required to file statements of economic interests, which list their employers, affiliations and large debts. Of the 41 candidates for 20 council seats, six work in education, including two, incumbents Chris Schmidt and Satya Rhodes-Conway, who work for the UW-Madison and its affiliates. Six work for government, including five for the state and one for Madison Metro.
Four are employed by advocacy groups, such as Lisa Subeck, who works for NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin; and Christian von Preysing-Barry, who works for Access Community Health. Sue Ellingson has been active with the Democratic Party.
Four work for health care agencies. Four are entrepreneurs. Three work for bars or restaurants.