State Rep. Robert Turner, D-Racine, became the eighth candidate for Racine Mayor, by amending his filing papers and joining the scrum for the April 7 primary.
Turner also answered the first question raised when word of his candidacy arose: would he attempt to hold both the mayor's job and his seat in the State Assembly. The answer is no -- he will resign from the Legislature if elected mayor. He also will do away with the city administrator's position -- now vacant since Ben Hughes' resignation last week.
Turner issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying:
“I am committed to the job of mayor. If the people of Racine choose me to serve as their mayor, I will resign my position in the state assembly as soon as the state budget is passed.
“We are in extremely tough economic times. All of us have had to tighten our belts, and city government should be no exception. This is not the time to retain management positions that we can do without. With my years of experience as alderman and finance chair and my experience in state government, I will be able to serve as mayor without a city administrator.
“I am ready and dedicated to continue to serve Racine and help restore credibility and integrity to the mayor’s office”, he said.
Turner, 61, was elected to the 61st State Assembly District in 1990. He is a Vietnam Veteran, a 33rd degree Mason, and was a member of Racine’s City Council from 1976 to 2004. He graduated from UW – Parkside with a B.S. in business administration. Turner and his Gloria have three children.