Robin Schmidt

Supervisor Robin Schmidt announced Wednesday she will not seek re-election in the spring election. 

Courtesy of Robin Schmidt

The Dane County Board of Supervisors' 24th district seat is open for the upcoming spring election after Supervisor Robin Schmidt announced Wednesday she would not seek re-election.

Schmidt is finishing her fifth term on the board representing the city of Monona and the east side of Madison for 10 years.

“I feel like at this point there are other things that I want to do with my life, and I don’t feel that I can give 100 percent like I have for the last 10 years,” Schmidt, who works for the Department of Natural Resources, said. “(My constituents) deserve to have somebody who can really have that time and energy to devote to them.”

The spring election is April 3, 2018. Candidates must file their intent to run for office by Jan. 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.

While on the board, Schmidt focused on public works and transportation in addition to redevelopment of Alliant Energy Center and seeking regional transit improvements.

“It is frustrating that our ability to address transit needs through a regional transit authority was eliminated by Gov. Walker,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt also helped create the county’s Sustainable Management and Renewable Technologies (SMART) Fund, which supports efficient energy initiatives. The fund is meant to supplement budgeted projects that do not have enough funds to incorporate additional sustainable measures.

“By having us pay for those capital projects, they’re able to maintain our operating budget and do bigger and better things,” Schmidt said.

In mid-August, Supervisor John Hendrick announced he would not seek re-election for the sixth district seat, which also represents east Madison. Four candidates have already filed their intent to run for Hendrick’s seat.

Former Supervisor Dave de Felice stepped down in March because of health concerns. Jamie Kuhn won the 16th district seat unopposed in a special election.

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Abigail Becker joined The Capital Times in 2016, where she primarily covers city and county government. She previously worked for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Wisconsin State Journal.