UPDATE: Dane County district attorney joins AG race

UPDATED Thursday, November 7, 2013 --- 11:27 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is running for attorney general.

Ozanne made the announcement in an email Thursday. His entry into the race sets up a Democratic primary next year as state Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee, has already joined the race.

The seat is open after Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced he will not be seeking a third term.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel is the only announced Republican candidate.

Ozanne says in his email to supporters that his 13 years' experience as a prosecutor qualifies him for the position. Ozanne was appointed district attorney by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in 2010.

Ozanne made headlines in 2011 after he unsuccessfully sued to stop Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 --- 11:00 a.m.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has officially begun a run for Wisconsin Attorney General.

Ozanne registered with the Government Accountability Board today.

A statement to supporters, released to our station by Ozanne's campaign consultant, reads in part:

"The legacy of my grandparents and parents and the promise of my daughters’ future inspire me every day: the importance of faith and family, the lessons of history, the imperative for justice and the power of the law. That is what motivated me to become an attorney, to enter public service and what motivates me now to run for Attorney General."

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Posted Friday, October 18, 2013 --- 3:06 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is mulling a run for attorney general.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Ozanne is seriously considering a run but hasn't set a timeline for a decision. Ozanne didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press.

Former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle appointed Ozanne district attorney in 2010. He made headlines in 2011 after he unsuccessfully sued to stop Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.

State Rep. Jon Richards, a Milwaukee Democrat, declared his candidacy earlier this week. So did Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, a Republican.

Rep. Chris Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Matt Frank, who served in Doyle's cabinet, also are considering running.

Incumbent Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced earlier this month he won't seek re-election.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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