Shorewood's Sandy Pasch won't seek re-election

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Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood.

Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood, has announced she will not seek re-election in the 10th Assembly District in 2014.

Pasch made the announcement in a statement released on April 4:

“After extensive discussions with close confidants and my family, as well as extensive thought and reflection on my part, I have made the decision to not run for re-election in the 10th Assembly District in 2014.

“This decision did not come lightly, as having the honor and privilege to serve the greater Milwaukee area since 2009 has been one of the most humbling and meaningful experiences of my life. However, due to personal matters and family health circumstances, I believe it is in the best interest of my district, my caucus, and me personally to not run for re-election this year. 

“That being said, for the remainder of my term, I remain one-hundred percent committed to serving the constituents of the 10th Assembly District who elected me to represent them, as well as continuing to lead the Assembly Democratic caucus who elected me as their Assistant Leader. 

“I thank my family, friends, and colleagues for all of their support during my time in office and look forward to continuing efforts to move our communities and our state forward through a number of other avenues.”

Responding to the news, Democratic state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa of Milwaukee said, "Representative Pasch’s work on behalf of her constituents is something all elected officials should aspire to. Sandy brought her background in healthcare to the Legislature and was able to successfully champion several pieces of legislation that will improve our state’s healthcare system and improve the wellbeing of so many Wisconsinites. I cannot sufficiently express in words how much her presence will be so sorely missed in the legislature, but I wish her the absolute best in future endeavors."

State Rep. Evan Goyke of Milwaukee added, "I was saddened to learn the news that my colleague, Rep. Pasch, will be retiring from the State Assembly at the end of this legislative session. Rep. Pasch has been more to me than just a colleague. She is a mentor and a close friend. She exemplifies what a public servant is and should be.

“While I will miss having Representative Pasch in the Assembly, I know her commitment to those in need will never end. I look forward to fighting alongside her in the future in whatever her new capacity may be."

And state Rep. Andy Jorgensen of Milton thanked Pasch for her years of service: "Pasch has fought tirelessly for the rights of women, children, minorities, and those in need of medical care."