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Ozanne, Happ lay out their visions for Attorney General at candidate forum

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Two of the Democratic candidates running to replace J.B. Van Hollen (R) as Wisconsin Attorney General took part in a candidate forum Tuesday night that was moderated by 27 News Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann.

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne gave their views on a number of different issues including heroin abuse, OWI enforcement, child sex crimes and voting restrictions.  They told a crowd of voters how they would handle all of those issues if elected.  

But perhaps the most interesting part of the night came when they talked about why people should vote for them.  Ozanne leaned on his experience as a district attorney in Wisconsin's second-largest county.

"I believe I'm the only one in this race that is firmly planted as being a frontline prosecutor, which I believe the citizens expect and deserve their Attorney General to be, and having a true, proven track record of standing up for the rights of the citizens of Wisconsin.  That is why I believe people should vote for me," said Ozanne.

Happ emphasized a very different qualification as the reason she should be the Democratic nominee.

"I'm the only candidate with a winning record in a Republican county, not once, but twice. Its not in one of the most Democratic counties in the state, one of the two.  Jon (Richards) is from Milwaukee and Ismael is from Dane.  Its Jefferson County, Wisconsin," said Happ, who was elected in 2008 and then again in 2012.

Rep. Jon Richards is the third Democratic AG candidate in the race and was planning on participating in the forum, but was not able to make it because the Wisconsin State Assembly stayed on the floor deliberating legislation well into Tuesday night.

The Wisconsin Business Alliance presented the forum to get the interest of voters piqued before the summer months.  The primary is set for August 12th.

The winner will face off against Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, who is the lone Republican candidate in the race.
 
Schimel was also invited to participate in the forum, but declined due to a prior commitment.

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