Cory Mason
58th Mayor of Racine, Wisconsin
Assumed office
November 7, 2017
Preceded byDennis Wiser (acting)
John Dickert (elected)
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 66th district
In office
January 7, 2013 – January 15, 2018
Preceded bySamantha Kerkman
Succeeded byGreta Neubauer
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 62nd district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 7, 2013
Preceded byJohn Lehman
Succeeded byTom Weatherston
Personal details
Born
Cory D. Mason IV

(1973-01-25) January 25, 1973 (age 48)
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Judge Rebecca Mason[1]
Children3[1]
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison

Cory D. Mason IV (born January 25, 1973) is a Democratic Party politician and the mayor of Racine, Wisconsin. From 2007 to 2018, Mason served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the city of Racine and eastern Racine County.[2]

Early life and education

Mason was born in Racine and graduated from Case High School. He then received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly

While in the assembly, Mason served as the ranking Assembly Democratic member of the Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry, the Joint Legislative Council, and Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems. He also served on the Assembly Committee on Tourism.[1]

Mason was named the 2009-2010 Legislator of the Year by the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association for his support of Wisconsin's technical colleges. Other awards include the 2014 Children's Champion Policy Award from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the 2013 Friend of the UW Award by the United Council of UW Students, and the River Champion Award by the River Alliance of Wisconsin. Mason was named 2012 Legislator of the Year by the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and was named to the Conservation Honor Roll for 2011-2012 by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. He was also given an Award of Merit by the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education.[1]

Mayoral candidacy

Mason ran for mayor of Racine in 2017 for a special election to complete the term of the previous mayor, John Dickert. Mason won with the largest share of votes in both the primary and general elections.[4][5]

Mayoralty

Mason's mayoral administration has thus far resulted in increased residential and commercial development such as the Gold Medal Loft project in Uptown Racine[6] and the construction of apartments at the former Walker Manufacturing site along the shores of Lake Michigan in Downtown Racine.[7] Mason has also overseen downtown investment from global technology company Foxconn.[8]

As of 2018 under Mason's leadership the chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Racine is 1 in 37, thus making the city's crime rate higher than 92% of Wisconsins other cities and towns. [9]

He was re-elected in 2019.[10]

Electoral history

Wisconsin Assembly 62nd District (2006-2010)

Wisconsin Assembly, 62nd District Election, 2006[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Primary Election
Democratic Cory Mason 1,976 58.17%
Republican Van H. Wanggaard 1,416 41.68%
Write-ins 5 0.15%
Total votes 3,397 100.0%
General Election
Democratic Cory Mason 10,302 52.37% -37.18%
Republican Van H. Wanggaard 9,363 47.60%
Write-ins 6 0.03%
Total votes 19,671 100.0% -8.65%
Democratic hold
Wisconsin Assembly, 62nd District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Primary Election
Democratic Cory Mason (Incumbent) 1,118 96.30%
Libertarian Keith Deschler 11 0.95%
Write-ins 32 2.76%
Total votes 1,161 100.0%
General Election
Democratic Cory Mason (Incumbent) 17,892 84.54% +32.17%
Libertarian Keith Deschler 3,217 15.20%
Write-ins 55 0.26%
Total votes 21,164 100.0% +7.59%
Democratic hold
Wisconsin Assembly, 62nd District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Primary Election
Republican Chris Wright 3,852 68.35%
Democratic Cory Mason (Incumbent) 1,770 31.41%
Libertarian Tony Decubellis 1 0.02%
Write-ins 13 0.23%
Total votes 5,636 100.0%
General Election
Democratic Cory Mason (Incumbent) 10,455 53.78% -30.76%
Republican Chris Wright 8,572 44.10%
Libertarian Tony Decubellis 403 2.07% -13.13%
Write-ins 9 0.05%
Total votes 19,439 100.0% -8.15%
Democratic hold

Wisconsin Assembly 66th District (2012-2016)

Wisconsin Assembly, 66th District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Primary Election
Democratic Cory Mason 1,039 95.50%
Write-ins 49 4.50%
Total votes 1,088 100.0%
General Election
Democratic Cory Mason 16,830 98.65% +60.43%
Write-ins 230 1.35%
Total votes 17,060 100.0% -17.96%
Democratic gain from Republican
Wisconsin Assembly, 66th District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Primary Election
Democratic Cory Mason 1,878 98.69%
Write-ins 25 1.31%
Total votes 1,903 100.0%
General Election
Democratic Cory Mason 12,062 80.73% -17.92%
Libertarian George Meyers 2,781 18.61%
Write-ins 99 0.66%
Total votes 14,942 100.0% -12.42%
Democratic hold
Wisconsin Assembly, 66th District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Primary Election
Democratic Cory Mason 1,693 98.60%
Libertarian George Meyers 20 1.16%
Write-ins 4 0.23%
Total votes 1,717 100.0%
General Election
Democratic Cory Mason 13,526 80.84% +0.11%
Libertarian George Meyers 3,107 18.57% -0.04%
Total votes 16,633 100.0% +11.31%
Democratic hold

Racine Mayor (2017, 2019)

Racine Mayoral Special Election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Primary Election
Democratic Cory Mason 2,896 39.60%
Independent Sandy Weidner 2,496 34.13%
Independent Melvin Hargrove 1,690 23.11%
Democratic Wally Rendon 231 3.16%
Green Fabi Maldonaldo 180 2.46%
Democratic Austin Rodriguez 21 0.29%
Total votes 7,313 100.0%
General Election, October 17, 2017
Democratic Cory Mason 5,456 55.40%
Independent Sandy Weidner 4,392 44.60%
Total votes 9,848 100.0%
Racine Mayoral Election, 2019[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
General Election, April 2, 2019
Democratic Cory Mason 6,243 72.09% +16.68%
Independent Sandy Weidner (write-in) 2,417 27.91% -16.68%
Total votes 8,660 100.0% -12.06%

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Meet Representative Cory Mason". Wayback Machine/Wisconsin State Assembly. Archived from the original on 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  2. ^ Sari Lesk (2017-11-07). "UPDATE: Mason's Assembly seat to be filled by special election". Racine Journal Times. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  3. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2017-2018,' Biographical Sketch of Cory Mason, pg. 89
  4. ^ Patrick Leary (2017-03-28). "Mayor Dickert to step down; taking role with water advocacy group". Racine Journal Times. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  5. ^ Patrick Marley (2017-10-18). "State Rep. Cory Mason wins Racine mayor's race". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  6. ^ Burke, Michael (2017-10-25). "Going for a Gold Medal; $17M Uptown-area redevelopment planned". Racine Journal Times. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  7. ^ Burke, Michael (2017-12-05). "With video: Racine unveils details of $50 million lakefront development". Racine Journal Times. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  8. ^ Romell, Rick; Taschler, Joe (2018-10-02). "Foxconn purchases downtown Racine property as part of 'Smart City' plans across state". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  9. ^ https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/wi/racine/crime#description
  10. ^ a b Statement of Votes Cast (Report). Racine County Clerk. 2019-04-02. p. 79. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  11. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "Elections in Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin 2003-2004 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. pp. 920, 923. Retrieved 2019-03-26.


Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
John Lehman
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 62nd district
January 3, 2007 – January 7, 2013
Succeeded by
Tom Weatherston
Preceded by
Samantha Kerkman
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 66th district
January 7, 2013 – January 15, 2018
Succeeded by
Greta Neubauer
Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Wiser (acting)
John Dickert (elected)
Mayor of the Racine, Wisconsin
November 7, 2017 – present
Incumbent