MADISON — An Army veteran
who lost both his legs in Afghanistan has become the
second Republican to announce a bid for Congress to
replace GOP Rep. Sean Duffy, saying Tuesday that he will
join the president in defending veterans, protecting the
border and fighting "socialist interference" in
Jason Church joins fellow
Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany as the first two
announced candidates for the 7th Congressional District in
central, northwest and northern Wisconsin. Church's
campaign launch comes a day after Duffy resigned his seat
to prepare for the birth of his ninth child who has been
diagnosed with a heart defect.
Like Tiffany, Church
aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump who
easily won the congressional district in 2016 by 20
"President Trump is
making tough decisions," Church said in his campaign
launch video. "He's trying to secure our border, he's
trying to create jobs but he needs help. He needs people
who come from outside politics, people who don't owe
anything to anyone, people who just want to do things
Church promised to serve no
more than eight years, or four terms, in Congress.
"I'm never going to
get caught up in the swamp," he said.
His campaign announcement
promised that Church would "stand with President
Trump to secure our borders, protect the most vulnerable
among us, stand up for our veterans, and make sure
Wisconsin's economic recovery is protected from socialist
Wisconsin Democratic Party
Chairman Ben Wikler said Church made it clear that he will
"carry water for the GOP and their agenda to sabotage
Wisconsinites' health care and wage a chaotic trade war at
the expense of Wisconsin workers and rural
Church speaks in the video
about the bomb explosion in 2012 while he was serving in
Afghanistan that resulted in him losing both of his legs
below the knees. His website also includes photos of him
recovering in the hospital following the bomb blast and
standing on his prosthetic legs.
Church, 30, earned his law
degree from the University of Wisconsin after returning
from Afghanistan and started working for U.S. Sen. Ron
Johnson, a Republican, in 2013. He held that job until
recently, according to his campaign. A native of Menomonie,
Church now lives in Hudson.
Cuban-born Wausau thoracic
surgeon Fernando "Fritz" Riveron is also
considering a run as a Republican.
On the Democratic side,
those considering a bid include state Rep. Nick Milroy, of
South Range; state Sen. Janet Bewley, of Mason; Wausau
attorney Christine Bremer Muggli; and Margaret Engebretson,
a political newcomer in 2018 who ran against Duffy and got
38% of the vote.
Former state Sen. Pat
Kreitlow, of Chippewa Falls, said Tuesday he would not run
after considering abid. Kreitlow ran for the seat against
Duffy in 2012 and lost.
The primary is Dec. 30 with
the general election Jan. 27.
security grant program created for Wisconsin clerks
MADISON — The Wisconsin
Elections Commission has created a grant program to
help communities that are using outdated and
potentially insecure computer equipment to make
upgrades before the 2020 election.
The commission voted
Tuesday to approve grants of up to $1,200 for
The commission has
determined that election clerks in 215 communities are
using only Windows 7 devices. Free security upgrades
for that program ends in January, creating security
concerns ahead of elections in 2020.
Of the 215 clerks using
Windows 7, the commission says about 65 don't have
firm plans to replace the equipment after January
primarily because of cost concerns.
The goal of the grant
program is to make money available to communities to
ensure they are compliant with baseline security
Priority will be given
to local governments with the highest needs.