Wisconsin 73rd Assembly District Representative Nick Milroy (D-South Range) had decided to not run for for the U.S. 7th Congressional District seat.
DrydenWire.com first reported on August 28, that Milroy was "taking a look at running for congress," and was “strongly considering" a run. Today, Rep. Milroy posted the following statement on his Facebook page announcing that he will not be running.
"You only get one shot at raising your kids and I believe that it is the most important job in the world. This is the sentiment that I kept coming back to while trying to decide whether or not to run for Congress. In my heart I know that running for Congress at this point in my life is not the right choice for me or my family. I want to thank everyone that reached out to me with their support and encouragement. With the will of the people, I plan to continue to serve in the Wisconsin legislature. I love where I live and feel very fortunate to serve our region while being able raise my family here. We truly live in a unique place with some of the finest people that I have ever known.
"There are a lot of progressive individuals in northern Wisconsin that I know could serve us well in Congress. People that understand that serving people, instead of themselves and their donors, is the root of being a good representative. I am confident that in the upcoming election the Democratic Party will have a strong candidate who will uphold these values.
"We face many challenges both at the state and federal level. Too many citizens are struggling to make ends meet because of the excessive cost of health insurance and crippling student debt. All too often the next generation leaves the northwoods, never to return, because of lack of opportunities to have a decent quality of life. We all are living in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world and it feels like political leaders in Wisconsin and Washington DC have left us behind. I’m proud that we have a new Governor that is focusing on lifting up all parts of our state. Nowhere is that more clear than in Governor Evers historic investment in the heart and soul of our communities, our public schools. He has also invested at historic levels to expand broadband and fix our rural roads. On the national level, I couldn’t be more frustrated by the tariffs that are bankrupting our family farms and devastating our small manufacturers. We are also rapidly regressing our environmental policies at a time when we are at a tipping point globally. Now more than ever we need strong leaders that are willing to stand up to the status quo, find compromise, and solve our most pressing issues. I plan to work my tail off to ensure that our next representative is a person that can live up to those ideals.
"Finally, I will continue to keep the Duffy family in my thoughts and prayers as they deal with pregnancy issues. I wish them all the best and thank them for their service to our country.
"Thank you all once again for your support and encouragement. On a lighter note, instead of running for Congress I will be coaching my boys (and a lot of other kids) in hockey starting tonight. Maverik is 11 years old and will be a PeeWee again this season, MacLane is 7 years old and will starting his first season of Mites. Both boys love hockey the same way I did when I was their age and I wouldn’t want to miss one moment of it for anything in the world. Marleigh just turned 9 and will be starting her second season of basketball. I tried to convince her for years to play hockey, however I think she has already learned how to be the defiant one. She is quite the athlete who also excels at soccer and softball. I’m certain she got her mothers genes. I’m excited to watch all three of them grow as students, athletes, teammates, and sportsmen this season. All the best to you all and your families."
Rep. Nick Milroy