Madison Mayor Otto Festge

Otto Festge served as Madison's mayor from 1965 to 1969. He did wind up drawing an opponent in 1967: William Dyke, defeating him by 75 votes. Dyke later succeeded Festge as mayor.

ED STEIN

This State Journal editorial ran on Jan. 19, 1967:

If ever there was a need for dedicated, qualified men and women to work in city and county government, today is it.

The problems of urban blight, sprawl, congestion, high taxation and other issues were never more numerous, complicated or difficult to solve.

But unless private citizens step forward to serve in their local governments, these problems will not be solved to the satisfaction of the people who live there. ...

As of the close of City Hall last weekend, there was no announced opponent of Mayor Otto Festge, and no contest in seven of the 11 odd-numbered wards for the City Council. And there was no aldermanic candidate at all in the Seventh Ward.

There is nothing like competition to clarify the local issues and help bring about more responsive government after the election. There should be a minimum of two top candidates for every post, and there is value in a primary contest with three or more responsible citizens seek office.

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