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Rep. Meyers Will Not Seek Reelection

By John Forester | January 6, 2022

From WisPolitics.com …

Dem Rep. Beth Meyers announced today she won’t seek reelection this fall, telling WisPolitics.com she’s ready for new “adventures and new opportunities” after 13 years in public office.Meyers, 62, was elected to her northern Wisconsin district in 2014 and has served as minority caucus secretary since 2015. Before that, she served five years on the Bayfield County Board.Meyers noted the Capitol is a 5.5-hour drive from her home.“I’m ready to stop driving that many miles,” she said in a phone interview.Meyers won reelection in 2020 by nearly 3 percentage points even as Donald Trump won her district by 1.6 points.In that race, Meyers spent $783,593 over the course of 2020, dwarfing the $80,732 spent by her GOP opponent James Bolen. The race was one of several the state Dem Party focused on as it sought to prevent Republicans from reaching two-thirds majorities in both houses.A lawsuit is pending before the state Supreme Court asking the justices to draw lines for the 2022 elections after Dem Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the maps approved by GOP lawmakers. The final districts lines won’t be known for some time, though Meyers’ current district has become more Republican in recent years.Meyers said what the district looks like after the new lines are drawn or facing another competitive race didn’t play a role in her decision.“I know what I was up against. I won last time, and I would’ve won again because I was prepared to work hard,” she said.Meyers is the seventh member of the Assembly to announce plans to retire or seek another office. Meanwhile, state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, is running for Kenosha County exec on the spring ballot. She is another potential departure.

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