Republican Jessi Ebben, a public relations professional who lives in Eau Claire, announced today she plans to challenge longtime Dem Rep. Ron Kind in the 3rd CD.

“Wisconsin families deserve a representative who will prioritize the fight to protect their freedoms and values,” said Ebben, who works for Privera Health. “As a conservative, I will defend our constitutional rights, listen and represent the people of the district, support President Trump’s pro-America agenda, and work to get things done for Wisconsin.”

Ebben, who turns 30 in March and has never run for public office before, is the fourth Republican to announce plans to run for the western Wisconsin seat.

The others are: John Garske, who spent 20 years in the Army and now runs a business helping vets transition to finding jobs in the private sector; Kevin Ruscher, who bills himself on his Facebook page as “an anti-Trump Republican” who has “never liked the guy”; and Brandon Cook, who wrote on his Facebook page he’s running “as a common sense Conservative Republican.”

Kind, D-La Crosse, was unopposed for reelection in 2016 as Donald Trump won his western Wisconsin district by more than 4 points. National Republicans have had Kind on their target list ever since, though he won reelection in 2018 with 59.7 percent of the vote.

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