MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney will challenge Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul next year.
Toney announced his candidacy on Saturday afternoon in a statement. He is the first Republican to enter the race. He accused Kaul, a Democrat, of being more interested in politics than law enforcement, saying Kaul strives to advance liberal causes such as student debt cancellation.
Kaul’s campaign spokeswoman Ruthie Posekany said in a statement that the attorney general had addressed issues important to the public, “not to powerful and well-connected special interests.”
“As Attorney General, Josh Kaul has put public safety first,” she said.
Kaul joined a group of 23 attorneys general in a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cordona on Wednesday calling for more reforms to make the student loan repayment process easier and prevent borrowers from repaying old college loans. .
Toney was elected first district attorney at Fond du Lac in 2012 and is in his third term. He is also president-elect of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association. He holds a law degree from Hamline University and has completed seven marathons.
He said he had reorganized the district attorney’s office to allow full-time prosecutors to handle cases of minors, domestic violence and sexual assault. He also praised himself for making the office paperless to operate more efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic and for leading an effort to bring a drug court to the county.