Genrich announces bid for Green Bay mayor

Dem Rep. Eric Genrich officially announced today he will not seek re-election to the Assembly ahead of running for mayor of Green Bay in 2019.

The third-term lawmaker said he made the decision after a series of “encouraging conversations” with family and community members over the past few months.

“As I begin this campaign, I want to make it clear that this race will not be about one person or a collection of candidates,” he said. “Instead this effort must be about the people of Green Bay — people in every corner of the city and from all walks of life.”

Genrich is the eighth member of the Assembly who will not return to the chamber next session. Reps. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, Terese Berceau, D-Madison, and Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, have announced they won’t seek re-election. Meanwhile, Reps. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, and Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, are leaving to run for the state Senate; Rep. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire, is running for guv; and Republican Keith Ripp resigned his seat in December to join the Walker administration.

See the release.