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Fond du Lac prosecutor announces attorney general run

Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney has formally announced his campaign for...
Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney has formally announced his campaign for Wisconsin Attorney General.(Eric Toney Facebook page)
Published: Apr. 3, 2021 at 12:32 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney will challenge Attorney General Josh Kaul next year.

Toney announced his candidacy Saturday, and is the first Republican to get in the race.

He said that Kaul is more interested in playing politics than law enforcement. Kaul has been the state’s Attorney General since January 7, 2019.

Toney was first elected district attorney in 2012 and is in his third term. He’s also president-elect of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association.

He holds a law degree from Hamline University. He said he has reorganized the district attorney’s office to allow for full-time prosecutors to handle juvenile cases as well as domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

He also took credit for bringing a drug court to the county.

Kaul’s political director, Ruthie Posekany, issued the following statement Saturday afternoon regarding Toney’s campaign announcement:

“As attorney general, Josh Kaul has put public safety first. He’s been a leader of the effort to strengthen Wisconsin’s response to sexual assault, gone after big corporations that contributed to the opioid epidemic, fought to make our schools safer, and advocated for the strongest budget for the criminal justice system in decades. Josh Kaul is an attorney general for the people of Wisconsin, not for the well-connected and powerful special interests.”

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