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Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian to Step Down Next April

May 25, 2023 noon

(WGTD)---Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian announced Thursday that he won’t seek re-election when his current term expires next April.

The former state representative was first elected mayor in 1992. He retired in 2008, but returned to the mayor’s office in 2016 following eight years in the private sector. 

The 68-year-old Antaramian said he’d been thinking about retiring for some time, saying he and his wife plan to travel and do other things they haven't had time for. 

He said he was announcing his decision early in order to give potential candidates a chance to test the water, and is looking forward to hearing from those who do decide to jump in as to what their visions for the future might be. "I always tell everyone there's only two ways of going for cities. You move forward or you move backward. The time that I've been here I've been constantly looking forward to the future."

Antaramian said he expects to see groundbreakings take place yet this year on two major projects---downtown redevelopment and Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood.

Candidates for mayor won’t even be able to circulate nominating petitions until December. 

Antaramian's last day in office will be April 24, 2024.