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Rep. Fred Clark won't seek reelection in 2014

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo) told 27 News on Friday morning he will not seek reelection to his 81st Assembly District seat.

Rep. Clark will finish out his third term before stepping down at the end of the year.

"While controversy, extreme partisanship, and special interest influence in recent years has worked against the best interest of Wisconsin citizens in many different ways, I believe that our legislative system will remain as strong as the level of involvement of all of us as citizens," Rep. Clark said in a statement.

Clark was first elected to the Assembly in 2008, defeating incumbent Republican J.A. "Doc" Hines.

The 54 year-old legislator made headlines in 2011, when he chose to challenge incumbent Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) in a recall election.

Democrats tried to recall Sen. Olsen over his support of Act 10, which stripped most collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin public sector workers.

After a heated campaign which saw over $7 million dollars spent on political advertising, Sen. Olsen ultimately won the race by a 52-48 percent margin.

Rep. Clark was subsequently reelected to the Assembly in 2012, defeating Republican Scott Frostman by a 62-38 margin.
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