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Rep. Cory Mason (l) seen here with Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig at the Oct. 27 Mount Pleasant Village Board meeting.


Cory Mason will not run for Racine County Executive next spring.

Mason told Racine County Eye in a phone interview Tuesday that he will not seek the county’s highest seat. Instead, he intends to keep his job as the state representative for the 66th District.

“There is a lot of work to do for working people,” he said. “It’s not the best for my family and my constituents who re-elected me.”

County Executive Jim Ladwig announced last month that he is resigning his post to take the helm of RAMAC (Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce). A few hours later, Human Services Director Jonathan Delagrave announced he would run. The next day, Mason told RCE that he was seriously considering a run of his own.

Tuesday, though, he said he appreciates that residents thought of him as a candidate for county executive, but in the end, it’s not a job he feels called to do right now.

“The job of Racine County Executive is important, but I feel called to do what I’m doing now,” Mason continued. “It’s nice to be thought of in this way, but now is not the time.”

He said he knows of other individuals who were considering throwing their hat into the ring as well, and that’s another reason why he’s making his decision public now, before candidates can draw nomination papers.

“I felt people needed to know that I am out of the running so anyone else who is considering it, and was waiting to see what I was doing, can now move forward with their campaign plans,” Mason added.

Candidates for public office can officially take out nomination papers beginning Monday, and they have until January 5 to gather the required number of signatures to get their names on the applicable ballot.