Surrounded by friends, family, and supporters, Fitchburg Alder and City Council President Randy Udell announced today he is a candidate for Fitchburg Mayor. The current Mayor, Aaron Richardson, has announced he will not seek a third term. The non-partisan election is in April 2023.

“Fitchburg is a thriving, dynamic community,” Alder Udell said. “The next Mayor will need to build on the strengths of this City and be prepared to lead Fitchburg through the challenges we will face. Many people have urged me to run because of my experience in city government, in the private sector, and as someone who has always brought people together to find solutions. I am excited to be a candidate for Mayor and I look forward to the campaign.”

“I have known and worked with Randy for many years. There is no one more qualified to be Mayor,” said Representative Sondy Pope. “His combination of financial and governmental expertise, his ability to build coalitions, and his leadership skills, along with his deep commitment to public service, set him apart. I am excited to work as hard as I can to help elect him as Fitchburg’s next Mayor.”

Alder Udell was first elected to the City Council in 2020 and reelected in 2022. He was elected by his colleagues as President of the Council in 2021 and again in 2022. He has served on numerous committees including the Finance Committee, the Plan Commission, the Community and Economic Development Authority, the Healthy Neighborhood Advisory Committee , the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and the Library Board. He also serves as the elected treasurer of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, having won election four times under two party chairs, and oversees a budget of between $20-45 million. He retired from AT&T in 2018, after a more than 30-year career as an engineer and executive. Randy and his husband Brad live in Fitchburg’s Seminole Forest with their rescue dog, Morgan. To learn more about the campaign, visit

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