Ron Kammerzelt announces he will not run for re-election as Paris supervisor

Paris town Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt (left) and Chairman Virgil Gentz /westofthei.com file photo

Paris town Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt announced at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting that he will not run for re-election in April 2019.

“I’m not running for re-election,” Kammerzelt said during the supervisors’ comment portion of the meeting. “This will be my last term.”

April 2019 will mark his 12th year on the board, Kammerzelt said. He intends to fill out his current term.

Kammerzelt started off his comments talking about accomplishments of the town during his tenure on the board. Foremost among these, he said, was an agreement with neighboring municipalities setting Paris’ eastern boundary. Such a boundary was the main reason he ran for the Town Board. That was accomplished with the 2016 with theĀ I-94 development, border and extension of water/sewer service between Paris, Somers and Kenosha.

“I’m proud of that,” Kammerzelt said.

After the agreement — which some residents strongly objected to at public meetings — Kammerzelt won a recall election challenge in 2016 with 61 percent of the vote and and re-election in 2017 with 62 percent of the vote.

Kammerzelt also thanked his colleagues.

“I appreciate all of the hard work the other board members have done,” Kammerzelt said. “I think it’s been a good relationship; we haven’t always agreed all the time.”

Town Chairman Virgil Gentz on Monday thanked Kammerzelt for his work on the board.

“Supervisor Kammerzelt, thank you for your time and effort,” Gentz said. “You took me by surprise.”

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