After weeks of speculation, a University of Wisconsin student and former candidate decided not to run for the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 2008.
UW junior David Lapidus had been considering the option for a few weeks, but has decided against running after weighing personal factors. He ran for the board in 2006 but was beat out by Ashok Kumar, who has since been the representative for District 5, which includes the UW campus.
Lapidus said his main reasons not to run included the possibility of affecting his preferred summer internship — which could be outside of Madison — schoolwork, extracurricular activities and social life, and also the possibility of serving in the military after his graduation, which would overlap his duties on the board.
"Even in the face of all those costs, it was really a 50-50 decision because I have a lot of passion for wanting to run," Lapidus said. "These reasons were too much, I had to give in to the logic instead of the passion."
Lapidus is a former Student Services Finance Committee member and part of the Associated Students of Madison council nominations board.
Kumar said he thought Lapidus would run and said he thinks of him as honest but "too fiscally conservative for the district."
"I'd like David Lapidus to reconsider because he brings a lot to the political discourse on anything he gets involved in," Kumar said. "He's brilliant and has a lot of integrity, but at the same time I don't think his politics are right for the district."
Kumar said the district has been historically progressive, and Lapidus would have a hard time winning the 2008 election.
Lapidus said he will continue to be involved in campus politics and would like to get involved in policy making at the city and county level.
"[I will be doing] mostly community organizing, continuing my work with Vets for Vets, People Opposing Prejudice, and would like to get a good Middle East speaker on campus," Lapidus said.