(Watertown) State Representative John Jagler has announced that he is running for the state senate seat being vacated by Scott Fitzgerald. Jagler, who is serving his fourth term in the 37th Assembly District, announced his intentions for the 13th District senate seat as Fitzgerald was elected to Congress last month. Fitzgerald, a republican from Juneau, is expected to announce his resignation from the state legislature by year’s end. A special election would be needed early next year.
Jagler has served as Chairman of the Assembly Housing and Real Estate Committee and Co-Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Mental Health. The Watertown Republican says he wants to have a (quote) “larger role in taking the common-sense ideas from our area to the Capitol” with small businesses, essential workers and improving education for all students as priorities. Congressman-Elect Fitzgerald is endorsing Jagler to succeed him in the 13th Senate District saying he is the “right choice, no question.” Jagler currently is a realtor in the Watertown area, and his family owns an all-natural dog treat company.