STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- Stevens Point’s Mayor Andrew Halverson will not seek a third term. Halverson confirming that Thursday. “My family and I have thought about this a great deal, and we’ve certainly made the decision to not seek a third term.”
The mayor says in his two terms, he has accomplished the goals he originally set out to do nearly eight years ago. “The Hoover Avenue-Country Club Drive grade separation is really the last major project that we have not had a chance to bring to fruitcion that I have discussed with the voters, and as the Common Council has now confirmed, that we have moved our priority and confirmed that we’re going to move in the direction of that grade separation, I thought this was a great time to make my intentions perfectly clear for not seeking a third term.”
Halverson also has three young children, and admits being the Mayor takes a great deal of evening time away from being with his family. “My wife and I have three children, eight, five, and two. They need their father now at these ages more than ever, and probably more than they may ever in their entire lives, and to do the job of Mayor correctly requires numerous evenings to be away from your family, and it’s just no longer fair for them to not have their dad at times when they clearly really need him.”
Andrew Halverson was elected Mayor in 2006 and again in 2011. He says he wanted to make sure potential candidates had ample time to decide whether or not to run. Two Common Council members that are considered possible mayoral candidates are Mike Wiza, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat Halverson in 2011, and former Council President Jerry Moore. So far, neither has said if they will run.
Halverson did not disclose any future plans, and would not rule out returning to an elected office at some point.