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Rep. Richards in race for attorney general

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Rep. Richards in race for attorney general

CREATED Oct. 16, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 17, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Another candidate is getting into the race for Wisconsin attorney general.

Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards announced Wednesday that he's filed the paperwork to compete for the seat being vacated by Republican J.B. Van Hollen.

Richards has represented part of the city of Milwaukee in the State Legislature since 1999, while continuing to practice law.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, a Republican, was the first candidate to officially enter next year's race. Both Schimel and Richards say the alarming increase in the rate of heroin abuse is among the issues they would address as attorney general.

Van Hollen unexpectedly announced last week he would not seek re-election.

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