Turner, who also served on the City Council from 1976-2004, was first elected as representative of Racine's 61st Assembly district in 1990 after a
Well, this year Turner will again have an opponent, and it's not Dickert. Investment advisor and financial planner James R. DeMatthew filed a declaration of candidacy with the Wisconsin State Election Board. He will oppose Turner in the Sept. 14 primary.
This will be DeMatthew's first attempt at public office. Although he filed his candidacy papers last week, he has not yet issued a formal candidacy announcement.
"I want to see some things change," he said. "I'm looking for a new Racine, not the status quo." DeMatthew promised a fuller explanation of why he's running within the next week.
DeMatthew, 48, is a lifelong Racine resident and "a Democrat all my life." He's a graduate of UW-Whitewater, with a degree in political science. He worked for 14 years for the Social Security Administration, and for the past 10 years has been an investment advisor with DeMatthew, Gorichanaz and Associates, located at 5402 Douglas Ave. He's married; he and his wife, Kathleen, have two children, a boy and a girl, ages 18 and 16. Kathleen has served on the city's Water Works Commission and Wastewater Commission since 2006.
DeMatthew's older brother, Dan, who was the Racine Police Department's support services manager, was seriously injured in a bicycle accident last August. Another brother, Jeff, is an attorney with Becker, French and DeMatthew.