Former Lawmaker Enters AG Race, Calls on Other Candidates to Join

After shrinking last month, the field of Republican candidates for Wisconsin Attorney General has expanded again. As we reported here, UW-Madison professor Ryan Owens announced in early October that he was leaving the race. That decision left Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney as the only person seeking his party’s nomination for the position.

Then, on October 20, former Republican State Representative Adam Jarchow registered as a candidate with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. He lives in Balsam Lake and previously represented the 28th Assembly District for two terms, leaving office in 2019. Jarchow is an attorney specializing in business law and currently serves as the president of Empower Wisconsin, a conservative media outlet focused on state politics and policy.

Jarchow has been critical of Toney as a candidate for attorney general and had previously endorsed Owens. In announcing his own candidacy, Jarchow said he hoped to encourage other conservatives to run. He specifically said that he would drop out and endorse Jacob Curtis if Curtis entered the race.

Curtis is an attorney with the Milwaukee law firm von Briesen & Roper. Shortly after Owens left the race, Curtis told WisPolitics that he was discussing with his family and others whether to run. Curtis has previously worked as a legislative aide, legal counsel for the Department of Natural Resources, and an associate counsel for the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. He also serves in the Wisconsin Air National Guard and previously served for four years on the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors.

Incumbent Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, has already announced that he will seek reelection in 2022. He is not expected to face a serious primary challenge.