Mayor Winnecke announces he’s not seeking 4th term

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Published: Jul. 11, 2022 at 9:14 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mayor Winnecke announced he’s not running again for the Mayor of Evansville.

He says he fully intends to finish his term, which ends at the end of 2023.

At times he was emotional as he discussed how the position can limit his time with his grandchildren.

The Mayor also said this is the end of politics for him.

Here is his full news conference:

The Mayor posted the following on social media:

“Evansville is a tremendous place to live, work, and raise a family. That was the case when my parents started their family here. It was the case as I grew up here, and then built my life and career here. It was the case when I decided to run for mayor 11 years ago. And it certainly remains the case as I finish my third term leading OUR city.

When I decided to run I never anticipated how much I would enjoy this job. Quite simply, it has been the most fulfilling 11 years of my professional career. I expect that’ll be the case for year 12 too. There is much work still to do.

Despite having the very best people to serve and the consistently rewarding nature of the job, the time will come for you all to choose another person to lead this city for the next term and beyond. I will not be seeking re-election in 2023.

As I finish my third and final term, much will be said, even written, about what Evansville has achieved over my last decade serving you. I hope it starts with this: nothing of any significance, specifically the work done every day to improve the lives of those who call our city home, would have been possible without a collective, unified effort by the community. Any credit I’ve received, any achievements my administration has had, were because of the people of this city. That will always be the case, because this is the very best city in America to live, work, and raise a family.

Thank you to Carol and my family for standing with me every step of the way. None of this would have been possible without their support.

And thank you Evansville for the opportunity to serve as your mayor. It has been my honor.

May God bless each of you and our great city.”

Last week, fellow Republican Cheryl Musgrave announced she is running for mayor.

According to their newsletter, Young Republicans of Vanderburgh County Chairman Gabe Whitley has also announced he’s running.

“Nothing of any significance, specifically the work done every day to improve the lives of those who call our city home, would have been possible without a collective, unified effort by the community,” says Mayor Winnecke in reference to his time serving Evansville.

has announced he won’t be running for re-election in 2023.

With just 17 months left in his third term as Evansville Mayor, Lloyd Winnecke says the decision to not run for re-election is one he’s toiled over with his family, but he’s confident it’s the right one for him.

“I love this job, I still have great passion for the work. However, I feel the time is right at a really personal level to seek a new professional challenge,” says Mayor Winnecke.

Mayor Winnecke touched on several topics during the meeting, including that despite not running for another term, he’ll still be working full-time on finishing up projects within the city, such as the work on 420 Main and the Ready Grant.

“It’s pedal to the metal, continuing to work for the city. All the projects that were started, it doesn’t matter what department it is in,” says Mayor Winnecke, “we’ll continue to try and get as much of those accomplished as possible over the next 17-and-a-half months.”

As far as the next election goes, Mayor Winnecke stated adamantly that it’s far too early for him to be endorsing any potential candidates, but he made sure to outline what a good Mayor for the city of Evansville looks like in his eyes.

“A mayor shouldn’t have to have all the right ideas, but a mayor should be willing to listen, and I think showing great empathy and not wanting to blow up everyone’s ideas so they can do their own is really key,” says Mayor Winnecke.

As for his next step, Mayor Winnecke says he’s not sure what the future holds professionally, but he’s looking forward to the personal time he’s going to get back with his family.

We had Mayor Winnecke join us in the 14 News Studio for a live interview, you can watch that here:

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