State Rep. Robb Kahl won't run for re-election

State Rep. Robb Kahl won't run for re-election

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State Rep. Robb Kahl, D-Monona, announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election.

Kahl, a former mayor of Monona, has represented the 47th Assembly District since 2012.

Last month, Jimmy Anderson, a Fitchburg Democrat, announced his plans to challenge Kahl.

Anderson, 29, is a recent UW Law School graduate and founder of Drive Clear, a charity dedicated to helping victims of drunk driving. He has criticized Kahl for working across the aisle on issues in the Assembly and for voting for Scott Walker in 2010, asserting that he wasn’t a reliable party member.

Kahl, a self-proclaimed social progressive and fiscal conservative, acknowledged in a statement that he has taken a moderate approach in office, saying that bipartisan action is the most effective way to pass legislation and that the drive to implement extreme policy which has created a political environment where the focus is on winning, not serving.

“If state government were run more like the city halls in Monona and throughout Wisconsin - where elected officials are not solely identified by political party but by their ability to find solutions that benefit and serve our residents - then all of Wisconsin would be better for it,” Kahl wrote.

A small business owner and attorney, Kahl, 44, said he intends to return his focus to those pursuits.

The 47th District includes Monona, McFarland and parts of Fitchburg, Madison and Cottage Grove.

If Anderson is challenged by another Democrat, the winner of an Aug. 9 primary would advance to the November general election.

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