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Wis. DA jumps into attorney general race

  • Associated Press
  • January 23, 2014 - 5:15 PM

MADISON, Wis. — A southeastern Wisconsin prosecutor is getting into the attorney general's race.

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ filed paperwork with the state Government Accountability Board on Wednesday indicating she intends to run for the office.

Happ, a Democrat, is perhaps best known for prosecuting Edward Edwards, a former drifter accused in 2009 of killing a teenage couple in 1980. She didn't immediately return telephone and email messages Thursday morning.

Happ's run sets up a three-way Democratic primary for attorney general. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and state Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee are already in the race.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel is the only Republican running so far. Incumbent Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, has decided not to seek re-election.

Richards' senior campaign spokesman Sachin Chheda said both Ozanne and Happ are "dedicated public servants" and Richards looks forward to discussing the issues with them. Ozanne campaign strategist Melissa Mulliken didn't immediately return an email message.

Schimel campaign consultant Darrin Schmitz released a statement saying none of the Democrats can match Schimel's experience putting people behind bars.

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