The morning after the conceding in the primary, Peter Muñoz seems relatively upbeat about the direction of the mayoral race. His support is unwavering for fellow challenger Ray Allen, whom he endorsed within a half hour of withdrawal from the race.
"The future of the city is in Allen's hands," says Muñoz. "He will carry on talking about the real issues facing Madison: fiscal responsibility and quality services. People want a good Metro system, good water, and a good police force."
Only garnering 10% of the vote, Muñoz explains that he's amazed he got that much considering he entered the race so late.
"We didn't have the same time to build as big a network of supporters and get our message out," states campaign spokesperson Dan Guerra.
Both Guerra and Muñoz say Cieslewicz's weakness in the general election will be the mayor's focus on trolleys instead of clean water and fiscal responsibility.
"If we continue in this direction, our city services are going to be in bad shape," Muñoz contends.
Out of politics for now, Muñoz explains he plans to return as executive director of Centro Hispano to work on economic development and civil rights.
"I've been away for a while," he says. "I'll have a full plate of work to do."