Keith Kern running for 73rd Assembly District

2003 Superior High School grad has served on Superior City Council since 2016.

Councilor Keith Kern thanks members of the Council for approving a relief program designed to help small businesses impacted by Wisconsin's safer at home order during the COVID-19 health emergency. (Photo courtesy of the City of Superior)

Keith Kern announced his candidacy to represent the Wisconsin’s 73rd Assembly District on Friday, April 24.

“Growing up in Superior, my parents taught me the value of community and hard work,” Kern said in a news release. “Those values have served me well as a small business owner and member of the city council, and they are the values I will take with me to Madison.”

A Superior native, Kern graduated from Superior High School in 2003 and took over the family business, Jimmy's Saloon.

Kern has served in leadership positions with the Tavern League, the Lake Superior Ice Racing Association, the Lake Superior Ice Festival, and helped bring back Billings Park Days. He started the Michael Rex Kern Memorial Foundation in honor of his late father. The foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to various organizations throughout the community, the news release said.

In 2016, Kern was elected to Superior City Council. He has served as Council vice president and president.


He said he enjoys having the opportunity to work with families, business owners, and organizations to find solutions to the issues facing Superior.

Kern is running for the seat currently held by Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range. Kern said he's running to represent the 73rd Assembly District because he feels it's time for a change.

“We need a plan to create good-paying jobs and increase economic opportunity in the district. We need common sense solutions to address health care costs and help our communities grow. We need someone to deliver results for northern Wisconsin," he said in the news release.

This story was updated on Sunday, April 26 at 3:34 p.m. It was originally posted on Saturday, April 25 at 10:31 p.m.

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