I don’t think many people saw this coming…

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is not seeking re-election, he announced Wednesday.

That’s a reversal from May, when Abele told the Journal Sentinel he was running again.

He said he first ran because he wanted to make a difference and thinks government is a noble endeavor.

“Nine years later, that hasn’t changed,” Abele told the Journal Sentinel. “What has changed is now I’ve got three young daughters and for anybody who has kids, you know that kids take a lot of time and they deserve a lot of time, and I’ve been conscious of the fact that I want to be able to spend more with them.”

Shortly after County Executive Abele made public his decision not to seek reelection Democratic State Senator Chris Larson announced via Twitter that he had received an outpouring of support and was weighing his options.

It goes without saying Sen. Larson won’t be the only person interested in running for County Executive – I’d expect to see no less than half a dozen candidates seek the office, given the likelihood that whomever wins is likely to hold the office for as long as they choose, given how difficult it’s historically been to unseat incumbent County Executives here in Milwaukee County.

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