Green Bay Mayor Schmitt will not run for re-election in 2019

Posted: 11:52 AM, Nov 21, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-21 23:10:25-05
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Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2019.

Mayor Schmitt has served as the city's mayor for 15 years. He was first elected in 2003  and won re-election in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

He said in a statement Tuesday that he's "interested in pursuing other things" when his current term is done.

"I'm hopeful that someone with vision, a strong work ethic and of course, someone who loves this City, will run for Mayor for the 2019 election," he said in a press release. "I won't turn over the city to shallow thinkers, vindictive personalities, or those with selfish motives. This City needs strong, educated leadership."

In February, a Green Bay resident started a petition to remove Mayor Schmitt from office after he was convicted of campaign finance fraud . The Common Council voted to keep him in office .