State Rep. Samantha Kerkman cited concerns about her family in announcing she wouldn’t run for the 1st District seat, the Kenosha News reported.
“I have two kids, ages 10 and 12, and after talking with them about mom getting pulled away, (we decided) for their time, this is what I’m best suited for,” she said.
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So far, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former state House Speaker Robin Vos and former state Rep. Rep. Michelle Litjens all announced they would pass on running. State Sen. Dave Craig also cited his young family in passing on a run this year.
University of Wisconsin Regent Bryan Steil is still considering a run for Ryan’s seat, WiscNews.com reported.
The only Republicans in the race so far are little-known Nick Polce and Paul Nehlen, who lost to Ryan in the 2016 primary by nearly 70 points and has openly used white nationalist and antisemitic language.
Kerman said she did examine the possibility of running.
“It is one of those rare opportunities; you have to take a good look at it,” she said.
But ultimately, the decision came down to raising her family
“When I’m in Madison, we have a system worked out (for trips home),” she said. “But if I were in Washington, it’s much harder to jump on a flight.”
She also said the congressional district is much larger than the one she currently represents.
“I can cover my district in 45 minutes,” she said. “Going from Janesville to Kenosha is a little tougher.”