CALEDONIA — John Leiber, former president of the Caledonia Parks and Recreation Commission, on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the 62nd Assembly District, just a few hours after incumbent state Rep. Tom Weatherston said he would not seek re-election.
Leiber plans to run as a Republican.
The district includes Caledonia, Raymond, Norway, Wind Point, North Bay, some northern and western parts of the City of Racine and a small part of Mount Pleasant.
“As a fourth generation member of the Racine-area community, I want to keep Wisconsin moving forward,” Leiber said in a statement released Tuesday morning. “We need to grow our future by improving our transportation funding, promoting fiscal responsibility and building our economy. Racine County is at the beginning of a new era and I will hit the ground running and devote my full attention to serving the district.”
Leiber graduated from UW-Parkside with a history degree and worked as an aide for four years in the state Legislature. He served three years as president of the Caledonia Parks and Recreation Commission and a year as a commissioner on the Housing Authority of Racine County.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Caledonia Village Board in 2012, losing to incumbent Lee Wishau. He also lost a race for the Racine Unified School Board in 2008.
“I want to thank Tom for his service to our county and our state and I wish him the best in retirement,” Leiber stated. “The Racine area has a tradition of strong representation and I’m eager to work on behalf of the 62nd.”
Meg Andrietsch, chairman of the Democratic Party of Racine County, said the party will announce a candidate for Weatherston’s seat, “when the time is right.”
The primary election for the 62nd Assembly District, if necessary, will be held on Aug. 14. The general election will be held on Nov. 6. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. on June 1.
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