Genrich announces bid for Green Bay mayor

State Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay (Photo source: Wisconsin Legislature)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A state lawmaker from Green Bay says he won't run for re-election to the Legislature, and instead run for mayor of Green Bay.

Democratic State Rep. Eric Genrich made the announcement Monday. In a statement, Genrich said he made his decision after spending "a lot of time talking with family, friends, and community members."

Genrich has served in the Legislature since 2012.

"I...never intended to make a lifelong career out of legislative service," he said in the statement. "I am proud of my record of advocacy and bipartisan accomplishment, and I plan to carry forward with that spirit in the future."

The race for mayor next spring is expected to be wide open after incumbent Jim Schmitt announced he would not seek a fifth term. Genrich is one of several people who have expressed interest in running for mayor.

"During these next twelve months, I will talk to my fellow citizens in every neighborhood, listen to the hopes and dreams they have for our community, and give voice to those ideas as best as I can," Genrich said.

The mayoral election is set for April 2019. If more than two candidates run, a primary election would held in February.

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