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John Leiber, of Caledonia, has announced his bid for the 62nd Assembly District seat.

Rep. Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) announced Tuesday that he would not be seeking re-election due to personal reasons. He was elected to that position in 2012. 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 Mt. Pleasant.

Read more about Weatherston’s decision.

“I want to thank Tom for his service to our county and our state and I wish him the best in retirement,” Leiber stated.

Leiber, a fourth generation member of the Racine area community lives in Caledonia, said he wants to keep moving Wisconsin forward.

“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 said.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a degree in history, Leiber worked as a legislative aide for four years in the state legislature.

His political involvement includes:

  • Served as Weatherston’s campaign manager, then as Weatherston’s legislative aide for four years.
  • three years as President of the Caledonia Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • one year as a commissioner on the Housing Authority of Racine County.

“The Racine area has a tradition of strong representation and I’m eager to work on behalf of the 62nd,” Leiber said. “Now, more than ever, we need a strong voice in Madison.”

The primary election for the 62nd Assembly District will be held on August 14, 2018. The general election will be held on November 6, 2018.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.