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Democrat Liegeois challenging GOP US Rep. Gallagher

Beau Liegeois (Photo courtesy of Brad Wojciechowski)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Democratic assistant district attorney is challenging first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher for a northeast Wisconsin congressional seat.

Beau Liegeois of Allouez launched his candidacy for the 8th Congressional District seat on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Liegeois is an assistant district attorney in Brown County where he focuses on prosecuting drug crimes. He is also a captain in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, serving as a judge advocate. Liegeois is a native of the Green Bay area.

Liegeois says he chose to make his announcement today at Webster Park in Allouez where he played Little League Baseball because that's where he says he learned the values of working hard, working as a team, and having to show sportsmanship.

"My only concern is going to be the working middle class families in this district, that means getting better jobs, getting higher wages, and fixing the healthcare crisis in this country," he said.

He says Congress has never been worse than it is now, and says he wants to help change that.

Gallagher was elected to the seat in November, replacing retiring Republican Rep. Reid Ribble. Gallagher is a former U.S. Marine who intends to seek re-election next year.

His spokeswoman Madison Wiberg said Gallagher had no comment and there will be plenty of time later to campaign.

Now that Liegeois declared his candidacy, he can start raising money for his campaign, although the deadline for paperwork to be turned is not until June of next year.

The election is over a year away in November 2018.

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