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Political changes in northern Wisconsin

A third lawmaker from far northern Wisconsin has decided not to run for re-election. Mary Hubler of Rice Lake says 13 terms is enough in the State Assembly. She says 26 years is almost half of her life, and while it's been "a great ride" she's st...

A third lawmaker from far northern Wisconsin has decided not to run for re-election.

Mary Hubler of Rice Lake says 13 terms is enough in the State Assembly. She says 26 years is almost half of her life, and while it's been "a great ride" she's still young enough to do other things.

Hubler joins fellow Democratic Representatives Gary Sherman of Port Wing and Frank Boyle of Superior in taking down the political shingle.

Boyle retired last year after 22 years. He says this loss of seniority is a setback for the far north.

Boyle says in Wisconsin, lawmakers need to gain seniority in the committee structure, and an institutional knowledge before they can be effective.

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"But it's also good that new people are entering the system," he adds.

Hubler's 75th Assembly district is considered a toss-up between Republicans and Democrats, but she is hopeful they can hang to it.

Meanwhile, Hubler, an attorney and teacher, says she's not retiring but has no plans yet. She says getting Highway 53 expanded to four-lanes from Eau Claire to Superior and building the State Veterans Cemetery near Spooner are two of her proudest achievements.

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