LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – On August 10, Rep. Ron Kind announced that he would not run for another term in Congress.
He made his remarks outside of the elementary school he attended on the north side of La Crosse.
The former Roosevelt Elementary was also where he announced he was running for Congress 26 years ago.
Kind has 15 months left in Washington, but we recently spoke to him about his decision to retire at the end of his term and focused on his journey.
During that retirement announcement, Kind said, “… if someone had told me I went to school here as a child … from a low-income family in north La Crosse that one day I would serve in the United States” . State Congress on behalf of the people here at home, I would have thought they were crazy. “
Wisconsin Third Ward is Kind’s first successful election, but it wasn’t his first race.
Before Kind ran for the federal office, he campaigned for a seat on the La Crosse School Board. It was unsuccessful.
But he says he’s in good company.
Long before he became president, Kind said Jimmy Carter once ran for the school board with the same result.