Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will not be seeking a fourth term in 2023. The mayor, who was first elected in 2011, says the time has come for voters to “choose another person to lead this city for the next term and beyond.”
During a news conference on Monday alongside his wife Carol and grandson Oliver, Winnecke said the decision to not seek re-election was the second most difficult decision, behind only the decision to run 11 years ago.
“I love this job. I still have great passion for the work,” he said. “However, I feel the time is right at a really personal level to seek a new professional challenge, and to be clear, I don’t know what that is yet.”
Winnecke was quick to give credit to the community for the achievements the city has seen during his tenure as mayor.
“As I finish my third and final term, much will be said, even written, about what Evansville has achieved over my last decade serving you. I hope it starts with this: nothing of any significance, specifically the work done every day to improve the lives of those who call our city home, would have been possible without a collective, unified effort by the community,” he said. “Any credit I’ve received, any achievements my administration has had, were because of the people of this city. That will always be the case, because this is the very best city in America to live, work, and raise a family.”
While he isn’t sure what his next professional step will be, Winnecke did state, “This is the end of politics for me.”