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Richards campaign: Announces candidacy for Wisconsin attorney general

Contact: Jason Rae (414) 344-1733

MILWAUKEE – State Representative Jon Richards today announced he has filed the appropriate paperwork and will be a candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General in the 2014 election.

“I have spent more than a decade as a lawmaker, working with prosecutors and law enforcement to create public policy solutions to address violent crime, drunk driving, domestic abuse and open government,” said Richards. “I am ready to serve the people of Wisconsin as their next Attorney General.

"As Attorney General, I will be tough on crime and ensure that local law enforcement can count on a reliable partner at the Department of Justice," continued Richards.

“The role of Attorney General is more than just about crime – it’s about our civil system of government, too," said Richards. "As Attorney General, I’ll continue be a strong advocate for middle class families and a more open, transparent government. I’m running for Attorney General because I believe Wisconsin needs an experienced, independent leader who can set politics aside and focus on real priorities for our state’s citizens.”

Since 1999, Richards has represented part of the city of Milwaukee in the Wisconsin State Legislature. All the while, Richards has continued practicing law, ensuring that every citizen has the right to his or her day in court.

“I bring experience as an attorney, as a lawmaker, and as a team-builder, and I’m ready to tackle some of Wisconsin’s toughest issues,” Richards said. “We need to address head-on the scourge of violence in our cities and schools, the alarming increase in the rate of heroin abuse, the problem of domestic violence, the needless apathy about drunk driving, and the delays in justice in our court system.

“I know we need to be a stronger partner with local authorities to improve our neighborhoods,” continued Richards. “We need to give local law enforcement tough, smart tools to prevent crime. And we need to ensure our state’s police and prosecutors are treated with respect. In my role on the state finance committee I was the lead voice for fair pay for our state’s prosecutors and more smart investment in our criminal justice system.

“As Attorney General, I want to support programs like the successful drug courts operating around the state, which hold drug abusers accountable but addresses their addiction without filling up our jails – saving taxpayers money,” said Richards.

As a legislator, Richards has been a tireless advocate for working families and civil & human rights. He has fought to protect consumers, to keep our streets safe, to preserve our natural resources, to ensure equal rights for all and to make sure our system of government is open and honest.

Jon is a four-time winner of the “Milwaukee’s Best Legislator” award, and has been recognized as a Conservation Champion by the League of Conservation Voters many times. He also received the 2012 “Scales of Justice Award” from the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Openness in Government Award from the Freedom of Information Council.

Richards grew up in Waukesha, and is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Jon also taught English in Japan, attended Tokyo’s Keio University, volunteered with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India and worked as a business reporter in Wisconsin and California

Richards, his wife Andrea and their son, Alex, live in Milwaukee where he is active in the community and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.

“I am looking forward to traveling the state and talking to voters over the next year,” said Richards. “I want to hear from the citizens of this state, and ensure we have a great dialogue about how to make us safer and stronger.”

The campaign noted that Rep. Richards would have a formal announcement event soon.


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