Elections: Soglin Back As Madison Mayor

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Paul Soglin has ousted Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz to regain the office he held on two previous occasions.

Soglin served as Madison's mayor from 1979 to 1986, and again from 1989 to 1997. He won the office Tuesday after running a spirited, aggressive campaign.

His win denied Cieslewicz a third four-year term.

The candidates are both liberals who have similar positions on many issues. The Wisconsin State Journal says both tried to harness energy stemming from opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to sharply curtail union rights.

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Soglin touted his experience and said he's ready to take on poverty and other big challenges.

Cieslewicz said he led the city through a tough economy and was more current on issues.

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The Wisconsin State Journal story can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/eUZSY4

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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