Army veteran, farmer and Prairie du Chien resident Tony Kurtz, 47, won Tuesday night’s primary election in the Third Congressional District, defeating his challengers, former Mauston City Council member Ken Van Doren and civil rights attorney Karen Mueller. His victory earned him the Republican nomination to run against nine-term incumbent Democrat Ron Kind, who was unopposed in the primary.
“This was a team effort. The campaign has been so rewarding and humbling,” Kurtz said in an interview with La Crosse’s WKBT-TV Tuesday night.
In his efforts to unseat Kind, Kurtz said he plans to just “talk about the issues.”
“We’re tired of career politicians. We need true change and that’s what I want to bring,” he said.