Krentz will not seek re-election
La PORTE – La Porte Mayor Mark Krentz will not be running in the May 7 primary to retain the position, he announced on Tuesday.
Krentz has served as mayor since mid-2017, when he was appointed at a caucus of Republican party officials.
“Since taking the oath of office at the mayoral caucus in August 2017, my goal has been to serve the City of La Porte to the best of my abilities,” Krentz said in the statement. “I have worked hard to maintain momentum and move the city forward alongside the excellent team with whom I work daily.
“I will continue to put my experience, energy and focus into the work at hand without the distraction of running a mayoral campaign,” he said.
“While I believe I have exhibited the passion, professionalism, pride and what it takes to be the Mayor of La Porte, I choose not to run in 2019. Instead, I will continue to focus on the present needs and future goals of the City and its citizens.”
Krentz took the job in the wake of former Mayor Blair Milo’s departure to Indianapolis after she was appointed a member of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s cabinet – the state’s first secretary of career connection and talent.
Prior to becoming mayor, Krentz served on the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety and the Redevelopment Commission.
A longtime businessman in La Porte, he has served as talent attraction coordinator for the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation.
His late father, Carl Krentz, also acted as Mayor from 1996-99.