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A former 3rd District Congressional candidate is running to replace retiring state Rep. Ed Brooks in the Wisconsin Assembly.

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Tony Kurtz

Tony Kurtz

Tony Kurtz of Wonewoc announced his run Tuesday afternoon, the same day the five-term Republican from Reedsburg announced he would not seek re-election to his 50th District seat.

“I’m running for state representative to continue Ed’s strong legacy,” Kurtz said in a campaign announcement. “I aim to secure access to rural health care, create more job opportunities, ensure quality local schools, and hold the line on taxes.”

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Ed Brooks

Brooks

A retired Army officer, Kurtz ran for Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District seat in 2014, losing to incumbent Rep. Ron Kind by 35,828 votes. He and his wife have since relocated from Prairie du Chien to their 200-acre organic farm in Juneau County.

Kurtz, 51, previously worked for Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and serves on the state’s Organic Advisory Board.

Brooks, 75, announced his retirement Tuesday, citing health concerns. First elected to the Assembly in 2008, he has served as Reedsburg town chairman for the past 33 years.

The mostly rural 50th Assembly district includes Juneau County as well as parts of Sauk, Richland, Monroe and Vernon counties.

Chris Hubbuch can be reached at 608-791-8217. Follow him on Twitter @chrishubbuch.

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Rhymes with Lubbock. La Crosse Tribune reporter and data geek. Covers energy, transportation and the environment, among other things. Call him at 608-791-8217.

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