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Wisconsin AG candidate Brad Schimel shows off plan to combat heroin abuse

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The only Republican who's running for Wisconsin attorney general has unveiled a new plan to fight heroin abuse if he's elected.  

Waukesha County prosecutor Brad Schimel says the state is falling behind in addressing the matter, in spite of an aggressive campaign last year by outgoing Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.  

Schimel proposes extra training for local law enforcement and prosecutors on heroin abuse. He also wants to form new partnerships that involve police, parents, teachers, and doctors -- and create a coalition with Wisconsin's neighboring states to share resources and solutions.  

State Assembly Republican John Nygren of Marinette, who led the charge to pass six heroin-related bills in the Legislature this spring, joined Schimel as he unveiled his plans in Green Bay and Madison.  

All four candidates to replace Van Hollen have said that heroin is the state's number one law enforcement problem.  

Schimel filed his nomination papers for attorney general before Monday's deadline, as did Democrats Susan Happ, Jon Richards, and Ismael Ozanne.  

The Democrats will square off in an August 12th primary.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)