A former City of Verona alder is running unopposed for a Dane County Board seat in Madison.

Elizabeth Doyle, who left her position as Common Council president last summer when she moved out of the city, told the Verona Press she is running for the District 1 seat – which covers the Capitol and the nearby neighborhoods – because an opportunity presented itself.

The seat is open in a June 4 special election because the former incumbent, Mary Kolar, was appointed to serve in the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Doyle wrote in an email to the Press that she missed serving her community after leaving the Council midterm to ensure her daughter could get adequate transportation with middle school starting.

“Mary Kolar reached out to me,” she wrote. “It was really a coincidence of being in the right place at the right time.”

Doyle, who missed the 2016 summer in Verona taking an internship in Washington, D.C., to learn about policies and complications with community investments, now works for the state Department of Health Services. She said she does not have any plan to pursue a higher elected office than County Board.

“Especially as a single parent, the idea of campaigning for my day job is not an attractive prospect,” she wrote.

Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at veronapress@wcinet.com.