Beloit City Council member considers bid for Assembly seat

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

BELOIT—The vice president of the Beloit City Council said Thursday he is considering a run for the 45th Assembly seat held by Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville.

Ringhand announced this week she will not seek re-election and instead will run for the 15th Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Tim Cullen, D-Janesville.

Mark Spreitzer, who will run as a Democrat, came to Beloit in 2005, where he attended Beloit College and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in political science.

“It has been my privilege to serve on the Beloit City Council and as council vice president, and I look forward to continuing to serve,” Spreitzer said in a news release. “On the council, I have seen firsthand how state decisions affect local communities in terms of jobs, local budgets and public services.

“That is why I am considering this opportunity to represent our community and bring my understanding of local realities to Madison. I look forward to discussing this with family, friends and residents across the 45th Assembly District in the days ahead and would welcome community feedback as I make my decision.”

In 2006, Spreitzer volunteered to serve on the city Appointment Review Committee and served for three years, two as chairman. After graduation, he worked for U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold in Rock and Walworth counties until November 2010.

He was elected to the Beloit council in April 2011 at the age of 24. In April 2012, he was elected vice president. He was re-elected in April.

Spreitzer works at Beloit College as assistant director of alumni and parent relations and annual support.

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