Matt Walker, the president of Platform Digital and the son of former Governor Scott Walker, announced on social media that he is not running for Congress in Wisconsin’s fifth congressional district.
Walker said that after much prayer he has decided to focus on his business instead. (Disclosure: RightWisconsin is a client of Platform Digital.) However, he added that the Republican Party needs more young people to run for public office.
The strong Republican congressional seat opened up when Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI05) announced in September he would not seek re-election.
A number of prominent Republicans have so far declined to run for the open seat, leaving state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) as the only declared GOP candidate in the race. State Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) is also considering running, as is former U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson and businessman Matt Neumann, the son of former Republican congressman Mark Neumann.
Tom Palzewicz, who was easily defeated by Sensenbrenner in 2018, is the only declared Democratic Party candidate. City of Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry, rumored to be looking at running for Congress or the state Assembly as a Democrat, recently told RightWisconsin he isn’t running.