Two Republicans announce candidacy for Congress

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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis./CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two more Republicans are entering the race for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District.

Tony Kurtz of Prairie du Chien announced his candidacy during an event in Eau Claire on Wednesday. Kurtz says he'll fight for a balanced budget and deficit reduction. He said incumbent Democratic Rep. Ron Kind, failure to address job reaction, the stimulus bill, and the Affordable Care Act drove him to run. Kurtz is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army. After retiring from active duty, he started a small business, and began farming.

In a news release received Wednesday, Karen Mueller of Chippewa Falls said she announced her candidacy in March at the 3rd District Republican Caucus in La Crosse. She accuses Democrats, including Kind. of remaining silent on several veterans' rights issues. She is a civil rights attorney, who has her own law practice.

Last month, Chris Anderson, a former aide to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, announced his campaign. Former Mauston City Council member Ken Van Doren is also running as a Republican.

In a statement, Kind said that campaigns start too early and cost too much. He added that he's focused on representing the values and interests of his constituents, and not campaign politics. Kind has been in Congress since 1997.

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