Lazich won’t seek re-election

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Senator Mary Lazich stated today she will not seek re-election. Lazich leaves the Senate as the body’s sitting president. The current Senate’s session ended on Tuesday.

Potential candidates for Lazich’s Senate seat include 82nd Assembly rep Ken Skronkowski, who has been in office since 2013; 83rd Assembly rep David Craig, won office in a 2011 special election; and 84th Assembly rep Mike Kuglitsch, who won his seat in 2010.

Update: Rep. Dave Craig formally and quickly announced he’d run for Lazich’s seat, while it seems Rep. Mike Kuglitsch was caught off-guard by the resignation and had no plans to run for higher office.

With the possibility of other candidates from the private sector or local officials running, it’s unclear who will make the decision to run for the strongly conservative seat.

Sen. Lazich’s complete statement:

Today I am announcing that I am not seeking re-election.  It has been an immense honor and pleasure to serve the people of Senate District 28.  During recent years Governor Walker and  the Republican led Legislature guided the state through turbulent times.  While the work was hard, the reward is great.  Wisconsin is much more fiscally secure and many government shackles have been opened.  Wisconsin residents and business are much better situated to pursue life with less government intrusion and with freedom to live, educate, and work with greater independence.
Thank you to my husband, Glenn, my family, friends, and constituents, for prayers, love, and support during many campaigns and my time serving public office.  Thank you to my dedicated staff for working through the turbulent times.  Thank you to my colleagues for electing me to serve as Senate President.  It was a pleasure working with each Senator.  Thank you to the great members of the Wisconsin State Assembly.  Together we worked hard to serve the people of Wisconsin.
During the remainder of my term I will continue to assist constituents and work with colleagues to keep Wisconsin moving forward.
About the writer: Chris Rochester is editor in chief of Morning Martini. He’s a communication specialist with experience in the private sector and on various campaigns. He's the communications director for the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy. Commentary here is strictly his own.