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Wisconsin Attorney General candidate Toney says area voters regard crime as a major election issue

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Republicans have honed in on crime as a major issue in Wisconsin’s fall elections. 

Campaign ads portray Democratic office holders as critics of police and quick to let crime suspects out of jail. 

Law and order is a major concern for the state attorney general (AG), and Republican nominee for the position, Eric Toney, said that’s what voters are concerned about, too.

“That is the number one issue, where people are concerned about the historic level of violence and the drug epidemic,” Toney, the Fond du Lac County district attorney, said. “I have bipartisan support from Republican and (Democratic) sheriffs and DAs. Across Wisconsin, I’m proud to be law enforcement’s choice to have an attorney general that’s gonna make public safety the number one priority here in Wisconsin.”

FILE – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks at Gundersen in La Crosse. back in March of 2020.

Toney says he’s built relationships with law enforcement workers around the state.

“I believe I’ve earned that trust, to make sure that we can deploy those resources to keep Wisconsin safe,” He said.

Toney met La Crosse voters during Oktoberfest last weekend. Both he and incumbent attorney general Josh Kaul walked in the Maple Leaf Parade.

The state bar association will host a forum in Madison between current Attorney General, Kaul, and Toney on Oct. 27. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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