January 28, 2009

Rep. Cory Mason will NOT join race for Mayor

State Representative Cory Mason, D-Racine, announced today that he will not run for Mayor of Racine in the special election this Spring.

"While I am honored to have so many wonderful people ask me to consider running for mayor, I know I will be able to better serve the Racine community where I am now," he said.

Mason was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006. Earlier this month Speaker Mike Sheridan appointed him to the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance.

"I believe I can do more for Racine, Mt. Pleasant, Sturtevant, and Elmwood Park as a member of Joint Finance than I can as mayor of Racine. As a legislator, there are things I would like to be part of accomplishing for our community: establishing KRM, increasing job training to get people back to work, holding down property taxes, investing in our schools and expanding access to affordable health care, just to name a few," Mason said. "Committing my full attention to the budget and legislative process will help ensure my vision for Racine is achieved."

When I spoke to Cory this weekend, he was clearly debating: "Am I a bigger asset to Racine staying where I am on the Joint Finance Committee, affecting some regional issues like taxes, KRM ... or being the mayor. I don't have the answer yet."

"Keeping the city moving forward is a really important job," he said. "It's an unfortunate set of circumstances we're in. You've got to have a captain."

Speaking of disgraced Mayor Gary Becker, he said, "Gary did some positive things for the city; you did have to acknowledge that he had a direction for the city. That's what made his personal conduct so doubly painful... setting the city back."

Mason is a lifelong resident, "born and raised here, went to Case High School, had family here for five generations. The Racine story was always that every generation got to do a little bit better than the generation before." As the father of a month-old daughter, he said, "that's what motivates me."

8 comments:

  1. downtown_racine1/28/2009 10:15 AM

    Racine is better off. Go Jody !

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  2. Pete all the way. Viva La Revolution!!
    Sweep away all the Becker Cronies!

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  3. How can someone who does not live in Racine be considered a lifelong resident?

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  4. Colt-

    You wont support Paul Ryan because he is a RINO but you'll support a socialist like Karas? Give me a break. What did Karas do while in office? Nothing!

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  5. Apparently Cory decided he did not want to live here.

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  6. Cory Mason lives in Racine with his family. I've been his house several times.

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  7. Now we may get Turner running to recieve 2 paychecks worth $120,000or more. Great pay for 2 part time jobs. I would ask Turner to tell the voters, before he runs, that he will keep both. Racine has full-time problems and does not need a part-time mayor.

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  8. This is the best news I've heard so far this year! I'm with Downtown Racine and the Paul Ryan supporter!

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