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Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow will not run for Congress

Wisconsin's Afternoon News

Waukesha's County Executive has said he will not be running for Congress.

Paul Farrow sent a public statement on why he will not pursue the spot being vacated by the soon-to-be-retiring Jim Sensenbrenner.

Farrow's full statement is below:

"After much consideration, and following many discussions with my family, friends, and supporters, I have decided not to run for the 5th Congressional district seat being vacated by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. I feel honored, and am humbled by the number of people who have reached out to me to consider entering the race, but ultimately, I cannot serve in Washington, DC when the issues I am most passionate about hit much closer to home. I truly value the opportunity to lead as Waukesha County Executive, and remain passionate about service to my home county and our great state."

Numerous other Republicans remain in the mix to run next year to succeed Sensenbrenner in the strongly Republican district.

Those include former U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson and state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson spokesman Ben Voelkel, state Sen. Chris Kapenga, state Rep. Adam Neylon and Republican activist Vince Trovato are also all weighing a run.

Democrat Tom Palzewicz, an entrepreneur and Navy veteran who lost to Sensenbrenner in 2018, is running.

Farrow joined WTMJ's John Mercure on Wisconsin's Afternoon News on Tuesday. Listen to their conversation above.


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