SHEBOYGAN — First term State Senator Devin LeMahieu is gearing up for re-election this year while a local school board member says he is not interested in running.
LeMahieu was first elected to the State Senate in 2014, succeeding Joe Leibham who did not run for re-election. LeMahieu’s first term as state senator is up at the end of this year and the 45-year-old Republican confirmed to MySheboygan.com he is running for a second term.
“It has been an incredible honor serving the 9th Senate District the last three years,” said LeMahieu. “During this time, we have held the line on property taxes, simplified the tax code, eliminated the state portion of the property tax, partially eliminated the personal property tax, borrowed less than the state has in the last 20 years, all while maintaining the important core functions of state government and investing more than an extra $500 per student in K-12 education.”
“The economy is thriving for businesses and families in the 9th Senate District and I look forward to spending four more years making sure that this success continues,” added LeMahieu.
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Sheboygan resident and school board member Kyle Whelton, poured cold water on talk of challenging LeMahieu in November’s general election.
“I am not running for the 9th Senate District,” said Whelton in an e-mail to a reporter. “I have told numerous people that I am not planning to run for office in 2018.” Whelton went on to say he informed Anita Klein, the chairperson of the Sheboygan County Democratic Party, as such.
Whelton is regarded as a rising political star in Sheboygan County, having been elected to the Sheboygan School Board in April 2017 and serving on a number of boards and committees in Sheboygan County.
The statewide primary is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14th with the general election being held on Tuesday, November 6th.