Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele raises a pint at South Shore Terrace to kick off the open season. (April 2019 via county Facebook)
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced on Wednesday that he will not run for re-election.
“I have approached public service just as I have approached every venture I take on – giving it my all every day, all day, leaving everything on the field. But I also believe public service is about passing the torch when we have done our best to do what you have elected us to do,” Abele said in a statement.
Abele, who had no opponent yet in the April 7, 2020 election, did not say what made him decide to step away from the county executive’s job after nine years.
“Chris Abele has never been your standard politician and has always been unpredictable,” said Bruce Murphy, editor of Urban Milwaukee. “And his sudden decision not to run is true to form. He’s always struck me as someone who is restless and looking for the next phase of his life. I guess we’ll find out eventually what that might be.”
Urban Milwaukee’s report on Abele’s decision to step down noted:
Abele, 52, is a high-profile philanthropist and recently married Jennifer Gonda and his statement references that, noting that public service, “required significant sacrifice, which I was honored and humbled to take on. Now – alongside my three incredibly dynamic daughters and a new marriage with a strong woman who brings life and love into every room she walks into – it is time to write our next chapter together.”
Abele recently found himself immersed in controversy for razing a historic mansion in Shorewood and building a new home to replace it. It seemed a surprise and not the sort of controversy someone running for office would want to generate.
“This announcement does not mean I am slowing down,” Abele said. “We have more to do, and we will do everything we can to walk out the door leaving Milwaukee County and its residents in a stronger place than it has ever been.”
Read more at Urbanmilwaukee.com
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