After a long conversation with his family, Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson tells Newschannel 7 that he’s deciding not to seek re-election for a third term.
Mayor Halverson says with the common council moving forward on building an overpass at the Canadian National Train crossing, he has a "sense of finality", because that's the last major project he promised the residents of Stevens Point.
Mayor Halverson also says the timing of his decision will give future mayoral candidates sufficient time to think about running for mayor, and give the residents of Stevens Point time to debate the merits of the next mayoral race.
He says he has a great sense of pride with what he's accomplished while in office, and says he wants to take time to focus on his family. He says the mayoral position has caused him to be away from his family and it hasn’t been fair to his kids. “They need their dad,” says Halverson.
He also adds that he's engaged in a lot of great things in the community and has a great sense of pride with what he’s accomplished. He’s served his community and it is time to move on.