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Horlacher Won’t Seek Reelection

By John Forester | April 12, 2022

From WisPolitics.com …GOP state Rep. Cody Horlacher tells WisPolitics.com that he won’t seek reelection this fall as he instead gears up to run for the Waukesha County Circuit Court.Horlacher, R-Muskego, said he intends to seek the seat of Maria Lazar, who last week won a spot on the 2nd District Court of Appeals. Once she joins that appeals court later this year, it will create a vacancy on the circuit court. But Horlacher said he won’t apply for an appointment by Dem Gov. Tony Evers.Horlacher was first elected to the Assembly in 2014. The 35-year-old, who is in private practice and formerly worked in the Walworth County DA’s office, said in a phone interview he decided eight years in the Assembly is enough.“Now is probably a good time to look to do something else, but still remain in state service, serving constituents in a different capacity,” Horlacher said.He is the 18th member of the Assembly to announce plans to resign, retire or seek another office. Nomination papers for the circuit court seat won’t be due until early January. Horlacher said he didn’t think it would be appropriate to run for reelection to the Assembly and then immediately turn around and seek a spot on the court.Under the map Evers proposed and the state Supreme Court originally approved, Horlacher was paired with Rep. Chuck Wichgers, R-Muskego. The justices haven’t yet indicated what they plan to do with the legislative maps after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned their ruling. Horlacher said he had been considering a run for circuit court prior to the court’s decision.He plans to serve out the remainder of his term, which ends in early January.

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