A state representative from our area has announced he will not seek re-election. Democratic State Representative Louis Molepske has served the Stevens Point area for the past decade. His final day in office will be on January 6th, 2013
Representative Molepske says he plans to run for office, just not his current seat. But he won't say what he plans to run for just yet.
Louis Molepske splashed into politics when he was elected to the state assembly in 2003. He was still in his 20's. Now, nearly 10 years later, Molepske says he's ready for a change.
"I'm going out on my terms," said Molepske (D) Stevens Point. "I see some opportunities out there that I want to go after and I feel that I have a lot to give yet. I'm young, energetic and I want to serve the community in a different capacity."
The state rep from Stevens Point served during an historic period of state politics. Fights over collective bargaining rights, inside and outside the capitol, are memories he takes from office. But he says it's that divisiveness that needs to change in the state assembly.
"It needs to get back to civility, compromise, which should not be a dirty word, and of course representation of your constituents," said Molepske.
Portage county republican leaders says molepske's announcement opens the door for someone new.
So what's next for the young politician? A run for mayor? State senate? Or something else? He says his lips are sealed, for now.
Molepske says he will make an announcement at a press conference, Friday at noon.
Democratic Stevens Point Representative Louis Molepske Jr. says that he will not seek re-election next term.
In a press release, the 71st Assembly Representative is quoted as saying that he will continue serving the public, just in a different capacity. "My decision not to run for re-election to the Assembly has not been an easy one to make, but I believe that it is time for me to serve the public in a new way. I have been humbled by the faith that you put in me for more than nine years, and I look forward to working with many people in public and private endeavors. As I leave the legislature, my great hope for the institution is that civility, compromise, and representation of one's district can become, again, the centerpiece of all debate and policymaking."
Molepske was first elected to the Assembly in 2003, in a special election. He was re-elected to four additional terms. His last day in the Assembly will be January 6, 2013.