On Monday, Governor Tony Evers ordered a special election to fill the 7th Congressional District vacancy created by the resignation of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis). Evers said the election will occur on January 27, 2020. A primary would occur if needed on December 30, 2019. It's now needed.
Today, GOP Army Veteran Jason Church announced in a news release his candidacy for the special election. Wisconsin Republican Senator Tom Tiffany previously announced his candidacy meaning a primary election will need to take place.
(News Release) -- Retired Army Captain Jason Church proudly announces his candidacy for the upcoming special election to fill the vacant seat for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District: “In 2012, I answered the call to serve my country and I am proudly doing so again today,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Wisconsin’s 7th District is made up of hardworking Americans who understand sacrifice and caring for their neighbors in need. They rallied around me when I came home from Afghanistan and it would be my honor to return the favor and fight for them in the United States Congress.”
A Menomonie, WI native and UW – La Crosse Football standout, Church deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 following his graduation from Army Ranger School. In August 2012, Jason and nine other members of his platoon were involved in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. The IED blast resulted in the amputation of both of his legs below the knee. On July 31, 2014, First Lieutenant Church was promoted to Captain and medically retired from the U.S. Army.
Following his retirement from the army, Jason earned his Masters of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Jason also serves on the board of directors for Sentinels of Freedom; a foundation to assist severely wounded post 9/11 veterans. Jason plans to continue his legacy of service, pick the tough fights, and stand with President Trump to secure our borders, protect the most vulnerable among us, stand up for our veterans, and make sure Wisconsin’s economic recovery is protected from socialist interference. He wants to serve the people of Northern, WI not the political interest of Washington, D.C.