Bob Wittke Jr., a Racine Unified School board member, has announced his candidacy for the 62nd Assembly District after Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) announced that he will not be seeking re-election.

Wittke, who is running as a Republican, joins Caledonia resident John Leiber in the race. Leiber announced his candidacy just hours after Weatherson’s announcement on Tuesday.

An accountant by trade, Wittke works for Corptax Inc., a subsidiary of Corporation Services Company (CSC) and he has served on the Racine Unified School District Board of Education since 2016.

“These are exciting times for Racine County; we now need to deliver on the promise of jobs, which is my number one priority,” said Wittke. “I want to serve the area by helping shape good policy that will have a positive impact on future generations in Wisconsin.”

A former basketball player at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he serves as a volunteer coach for the Case High School varsity basketball program. He and his wife reside in Wind Point with two of his children.

“I want our children to have an even better state to grow up in. That means we must provide a stable economy, career opportunities, and wonderful recreational activities. I’m excited to run for this Assembly District seat and would be honored to serve Racine County in this capacity,” said Wittke.

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.