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Medinger: Heart wasn't in the race for mayor

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Former La Crosse mayor John Medinger is withdrawing from the race for the city's high office. He made the decision Tuesday afternoon.

Medinger served as mayor from 1997 until 2005, and announced on December 7 he planned to run for his old job. However, now he says he was somewhat of a reluctant candidate, and after his announcement he quickly realized his heart just wasn't in it.

"All the reasons are not easily understandable, even to me, which makes it even more complicated," Medinger said. "But, it was clear that I wasn't happy, and I was getting more depressed by the day. And if you don't have the enthusiasm for this job, it's not something you really, really want, you're probably not going to be a good mayor."

Medinger currently works for retiring Sen. Herb Kohl and says he's not sure what's next, but he doesn't want to retire.

According to the La Crosse City Clerk's website, six other people have declared their candidacy for the position.

They are Randy Magno, Chris Olson, Jon Olson, Craig Nestor, Dae Miles, and Robert Young.

Magno has already turned in his nomination papers to the City Clerk's office.  The other five have until January 2 to file their papers.

Randall Czapiewski, who declared his candidacy in November, withdrew from the race.

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