Lake Geneva mayor won't seek re-election
The incumbent mayor has submitted non-candidacy papers to the city clerk. He will not seek a third term in April.
“It’s time for me to take little break,” Shepstone said. “It may be permanent or temporary, I’m not sure. But it’s time to step down.”
Shepstone, 79, served as a Lake Geneva alderman for more than 25 years. He was elected mayor in 2004 and won re-election in 2006.
He said he will likely remain part of city government, but he’s not sure in what capacity. Candidates for elected city posts have until Jan. 2 to submit candidacy papers.
Shepstone said the decision not to run for re-election was difficult.
“I really, really like what I’m doing,” he said. “I’ve been put on this Earth to be a public servant, and that’s what I’m doing.”
Shepstone said he and his wife made the decision together.
“I made a commitment to be here every day as mayor,” he said, “and I’ve done that ... It’s become pretty full time, pretty time consuming.”
If he was to serve in city government in another capacity, Shepstone said, the position would surely be less demanding but no less important.
“I’m still concerned, naturally, after this many years about the citizens and the city of Lake Geneva,” he said. “Any position I can serve and still feel like I can do a good job for the city and the citizens, I’d consider it.”
Shepstone also is a school bus driver for Lenon Bus Service.