MADISON, WI (WAOW) — A second Republican has announced a run to replace him a day after Sean Duffy officially resigned from Congress.
Menomonie native and army veteran Jason Church will seek the 7th Congressional Seat.
Church was previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, where he lost both legs in a bomb explosion.
He retired from the Army in 2014 as a Captain, and since then, he has earned a law degree, and has also spent the last six years working for Senator Ron Johnson in Washington.
Church says he had hoped to make the military his career, but now feels he can continue to serve his country in Congress.
“This felt like the most applicable way for me to give back at the moment. I have experience in national security, defense. Experience on the federal side of the house in terms of how that operates. I feel like that’s where my skillset would be most helpful,” said Church.
Church says the two issues he feels most strongly about are immigration reform and protecting the second amendment, and adds he’d continue to support President Trump if elected.
Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany has also announced a run, although several other candidates have said they’re considering entering the race.
The primary will be held December 30th, with the special election on January 27th.