Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin – City of Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Shane Blaser announced today that he will not seek a third term in the Spring Election to be held on April 2, 2024.
“After nearly four years in office, I have made the decision not to seek re-election. It is time for me to find a better work-life balance and contribute to the city in other ways. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the City of Wisconsin Rapids as mayor,” said Mayor Blaser.
Since becoming mayor in 2020, Mayor Blaser has:
• Encouraged and supported the elimination of Special Assessments, in favor of a more equitable and fiscally manageable solution: a transportation utility.
• Drove the creation of a large municipal dog park, funded fully by room tax dollars.
• Worked with the American Legion Post 9 to create the annual Veterans Honor Walk, celebrating veterans with banners hung on light poles along Grand Ave.
• Evaluated and reorganized some departments to create greater efficiency.
• Focused on high-impact infrastructure improvements, such as streets and Fire Station renovations.
• Supported No Mow May in Wisconsin Rapids, to promote and educate the community about the critical period of pollinator emergence.
• Proactively responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, balancing staff and resident safety with accessibility of City resources.
Before being elected mayor in 2020, Blaser started and grew several small businesses in Wisconsin Rapids. He served as a City of Wisconsin Rapids police officer for seven years and as City Clerk for eight years. Blaser was elected District 8 Alderperson on the City of Wisconsin Rapids Common Council and served one term.
Mayor Blaser encourages interested residents to consider running for mayor, or another elected position.
“I have enjoyed the privilege of using my skills and experiences to help position our city for success. I look forward to passing the torch to a new mayor and watching how their unique perspective will help the city continue to grow, innovate, and progress into a bright future. This is a great time for another person to lead the City of Wisconsin Rapids and I encourage interested residents to look into the many resources available to learn how to run for local office. I hope a candidate emerges who I could support through their campaign,” said Mayor Blaser.
To learn how to get on the ballot, visit: elections.wi.gov/candidates/getting-ballot
Questions about the Spring Election or running for public office can be directed to the Wisconsin Rapids Clerk’s Office at 715-421-8200.
Mayor Blaser plans to spend more time with family and friends, and more time doing outdoor activities. While he hasn’t planned his next career move, he feels confident he’ll be back to work soon.
City of Wisconsin Rapids Mayor’s Office
Emily Kent, Executive Coordinator to the Mayor