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State Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, stands on Sept. 24 in the Assembly Chambers at the Capitol in Madison.

RACINE — State Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, is slated to resign his Assembly seat on Jan. 15.

Mason announced his pending resignation in a letter to Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, the day of his swearing-in ceremony as the new mayor of Racine. He was elected mayor on Oct. 17, following Mayor John Dickert’s resignation in July.

Mason is expected to serve the remainder of Dickert’s term, which expires in the spring of 2019. At that point he will have the opportunity to run for re-election to the post.

The Democrat’s resignation from the Legislature would be effective at the close of business Jan. 15.

In his letter to Walker, Mason urged the governor to call a special election for the seat on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

“This is the quickest possible election timeline under the law, and will allow my successor to be seated before the final Assembly floor period in January and February,” Mason states in the letter. “It also leaves the citizens of the 66th Assembly District without a representative for the shortest possible period of time.”

Walker ordered a special election to be held Jan. 16, according to a Tuesday press release. If a primary is required, it will be held Dec. 19.

Candidates can begin circulating nomination papers immediately; papers must be filed by 5 p.m. Nov. 21.

The 66th District includes most of the City of Racine, except for areas north of Melvin Avenue and areas in the west and northwest of the city.

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Sari Lesk covers the City of Racine, Gateway and UW-Parkside. She is new to the community and moonlights as an amateur baker.

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