State attorney general candidates campaign in Northeast Wisconsin

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY)- Both candidates in the race for attorney general stopped in Northeast Wisconsin Wednesday for different reasons.

Like many of the top races on the November ballot, this one too is expected to be close.

Republican Brad Schimel seeks a second term in office. His challenger Democrat Josh Kaul hopes to follow the footsteps of his mother, Peg Lautenschlager, who was the last Democrat to hold the seat.

In the race to be Wisconsin's top cop both Schimel and Kaul are hoping to attract the independent voters of Northeast Wisconsin, and they're doing so by promising reforms.

In the case of Schimel, he spoke in Brown County Wednesday, addressing elder abuse.

He said, "Elder abuse cases are difficult and complex crimes. They might involve, as I said, large financial records. They often involve, most often the victim is abused by a family member or someone they trusted."

Schimel says his Task Force on Elder Abuse is recommending new legislation, agency action, and resources for law enforcement to fight elder abuse which will be among his priorities moving forward.

Meanwhile, Kaul held an event with firefighters in Fond du Lac.

He says more needs to be done to prevent the growing number of drug overdoses amid the opioid epidemic.

"We had nearly 900 opioid related overdose deaths in Wisconsin last year. The number of kids who've been separated from a parent due to a drug addiction has continued to increase, and we're not going to beat that epidemic until we start responding to it like the crisis it is," said Kaul.

The most recent Marquette Law School poll gives Schimel a seven point advantage, but ten percent of voters said they had no preference.

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