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Van Hollen: Prosecutor would be best replacement as Attorney General

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's outgoing attorney general says a prosecutor would be his best replacement. 

J.B. Van Hollen announced Monday that he won't run for a 3rd four-year term next fall. 

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said he would consider running as a Republican -- and he expects to make an announcement in a couple days. 

Two Democratic state representatives also said they might throw their hats in the ring. Milwaukee Democrat Jon Richards said he has thought about the attorney general's post for some time -- and he expects to make an announcement soon. 

Madison Democrat Chris Taylor, a former Planned Parenthood leader, said she's also considering a bid.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel listed other possibilities who have not commented. They are Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne, and former state Senate Democrat Jessica King of Oshkosh. 

Van Hollen says he hopes the job stays in Republican hands. 

He was first elected in 2006. He said he achieved his first big campaign promise of eliminating the state's backlog of DNA evidence processed at the state crime labs. 

Van Hollen also mentioned crime fighting efforts to protect children, and the concealed weapons law as some of his other major accomplishments. 

Van Hollen says he'll focus on completing his term over the next 15 months, and is not sure what he'll do after that.

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