By Shereen Siewert

Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke on Monday announced he will run for a second term of office in the April 2020 election.

The announcement, made on the steps of City Hall in front of media and members to the public, means a primary election will be necessary in February to trim the field of candidates to two. Katie Rosenberg, who currently represents Dist. 1 on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors, filed candidacy paperwork in April. Weeks later, Chris Norfleet, co-founder of the local advocacy group, People for the Power of Love, filed his paperwork in May.

Mielke pointed to what he described as “record economic growth” and said he is committed to debt reduction in his next term.

In the most recent mayoral election held in April 2016, current Mayor Rob Mielke defeated Jay Kronenwetter for the seat by a 1 percent margin.

Nomination papers or declarations of candidacy for April elections are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 5, 2020. Residents interested in running for office in Wausau can find paperwork online here.

The primary will be held Feb. 18.

This is a developing story and will be updated.