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Wednesday - May 16, 2018 6:03 pm

Former Kind opponent jumps into GOP assembly race

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One of the last guys to challenge Ron Kind for a seat in Congress is now running for the state assembly in Wisconsin. 

Republican Tony Kurtz ran against Kind in 2014 and collected about 43 percent of the vote in the 3rd Congressional District.

Kurtz, a retired 20 year army veteran and organic farmer from Wonewoc, was seen as a strong candidate to challenge Kind again in 2016 but did not run. Kind ran unopposed in that race.

Kurtz announced his bid to run for office in the 50th Assembly District. This comes on the heels of the announcement by Republican Ed Brooks that he would not seek re-election in the district that covers parts of Monroe, Vernon, Richland, Sauk and Juneau counties.

Brooks is the 10th state Republican lawmaker to announce plans not to seek office again this fall.

On the Democratic side for the 50th district, Art Shrader is the candidate. He lost to Brooks 14,775 to 10,762 in the 2016 election.

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