Erik Severson (R-Osceola) has announced he won’t seek reelection to the 28th District seat in the Wisconsin Assembly, and a Balsam Lake lawyer has declared his candidacy for the position.

Adam Jarchow, also a Republican, announced his candidacy the same morning Severson sent his press release. The election will be held this fall.

The 28th District includes parts of St. Croix, Polk and Burnett counties.

“It has been an honor to represent my neighbors in the 28th Assembly District,” said Severson, who is finishing his second term in the Assembly. “I went to Madison to put Wisconsin’s fiscal house back in order and create an environment where businesses can thrive. Since I started, Wisconsin has passed three different property and income tax cuts, putting money back into the pockets of the taxpayers.”

Jarchow, his wife Barbara and their twins, Bo and Megan, live outside Balsam Lake. He said his career involves working with small businesses, business owners, farms, community banks and local communities.

“Working with small business owners and local communities has given me a deep appreciation and understanding of the importance of common-sense tax and regulatory policies,” said Jarchow. “It is clear to me that government has grown too big to be effective. Over the last four years, Rep. Severson, Sen. (Sheila) Harsdorf and Gov. Walker have begun the important process of reforming state government. However, there is still much left to be done.”

As an emergency room physician, Severson served as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Health and the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health. He authored eight different pieces of healthcare legislation that have been signed into law.

“The Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health was able to begin the process of overhauling the delivery of mental health services in this state. We were able to pass over a dozen pieces of legislation with broad bipartisan support in both Houses of the Legislature,” said Severson. “I am proud of all of my accomplishments while serving in the Legislature.”

He continues to work at the Osceola Medical Center and is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

Jarchow said his campaign will focus on the economy and middle class jobs.

“A vibrant economy and a growing middle class are the cornerstone of the American dream,” said Jarchow. “The single most important thing we can do to eliminate poverty and provide opportunity and prosperity to everyone is to create an environment in which people want to start and grow a small business.”

Jarchow grew up in rural Clear Lake and is a 1997 graduate of Clear Lake High School. He became the first in his family to graduate from college and earned a law degree from the University of Florida.