Steeber won't seek re-election
JANESVILLE--After serving 10 of the last dozen years on the Janesville City Council, Russ Steeber will not seek another term in April.
Steeber said he has enjoyed his time on the council and believes he still could serve the city, but his aging parents need his help.
Steeber said he is making the announcement with a “heavy heart,” adding he would consider running for council again if circumstances change.
Steeber’s tenure saw the city at its extremes—during times of growth, then the closing of the GM plant and since then the ongoing recovery from the “devastating recession.”
“I really remember the day getting the phone call that they were having a press conference (about GM) that day … and how sad and down everything felt,” Steeber said. “And the year or so after that—how the city just felt kind of blah.
“But what’s really been great is seeing the bright spots, like SHINE (Medical Technologies) and some of the other manufacturing we brought in since that time.
“The city isn’t dead,” Steeber said. “It’s vibrant. It’s growing. The best days are ahead of us.”
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