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Democratic AG candidate Richards promises to restore public intervenor's office

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - One of three Democrats running for Wisconsin attorney general says he would restore an environmental advocate's post in the Justice Department.  

Jon Richards said Tuesday he would bring back the public intervenor's office if he's elected.  

The post was created in 1967, as a watchdog to protect people's interests in natural resource matters that include water regulations.

Richards, an Assembly Democrat from Milwaukee, is running against district attorneys Ismael Ozanne of Dane County and Susan Happ of Jefferson County in the August primary. The winner will face Republican DA Brad Schimel of Waukesha County in November -- and that winner will replace the retiring J.B. Van Hollen.  

Ozanne says he would support bringing back the public intervenor. The other candidates have not commented.  

Republicans did away with the post almost two decades ago, saying it caused businesses to be hit with expensive and unfair lawsuits.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)