Madison Alder Syed Abbas resigns, will leave office on Nov. 30

MADISON, Wis. — Madison Alder Syed Abbas called time on his tenure in office on Thursday.

Abbas, who represents Madison’s 12th District, announced his resignation in a blog post. His last day in office will be Nov. 30.

“Resigning is not an easy decision, as I have loved serving you, my constituents, and helping solve issues,” he said. “The challenges of the district became my own and I am so thankful to have built lifelong friendships and bonds with many of you.”

Abbas was first elected to represent District 12 in 2019, became Council Vice President in 2020 and Council President last year. He said in September that he would not run for re-election.

Abbas recently ran to represent the 46th State Assembly District but lost in the Democratic primary to Melissa Ratcliff.

In his resignation letter, Abbas touted his efforts to oppose the arrival of F-35 jets in Madison, the protection of wetlands at Hartmeyer, and recent work done to build the Madison Public Market.

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Abbas cited a desire to spend more with his family as one of the reasons for his resignation.