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UPDATE: Waukesha County DA announces attorney general run

Brad Schimel

Brad Schimel

UPDATED Monday, October 14, 2013 --- 3:04 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel has formally announced he will run for Wisconsin attorney general.

Schimel, a Republican, made the announcement during a news conference at on the steps of the Waukesha County courthouse on Monday. He says he will make fighting heroin his top priority. He says he wants to make doctors and schools more aware of the problem.

Schimel is the first candidate to officially enter the race since incumbent Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced last week he wouldn't seek re-election next year.

Democratic state Reps. Chris Taylor and Jon Richards are contemplating running. Wisconsin Professional Police Association Executive Director Jim Palmer says he's considering running as an independent. None of them has announced a decision yet, though.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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UPDATED Thursday, October 10, 2013 --- 9:36 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The head of Wisconsin's largest police union says he's mulling a run for attorney general.

Jim Palmer is the executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. He said Thursday he's seriously considering a run as an independent and plans to make a formal announcement in the next two months.

He says he would advocate for local police, work to raise awareness of the shortage of local prosecutors and support open government.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, a Republican, announced Wednesday he has formed a campaign committee to run for attorney general. State Reps. Jon Richards and Chris Taylor, both Democrats, also are considering running.

Incumbent Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, announced this week he won't seek re-election next year.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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Posted Wednesday, October 9, 2013 --- 1:43 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A southeastern Wisconsin prosecutor has created a campaign committee to run for attorney general.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel filed a campaign registration statement with the state Government Accountability Board on Wednesday. The statement allows him to raise campaign money and enables him to get on the ballot if he can collect at least 2,000 signatures on his nomination papers.

Schimel hasn't formerly announced he is a candidate, but the registration essentially signals he's running. Schimel said in a statement he is preparing a formal announcement.

Incumbent Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced this week he won't seek re-election next year.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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