Democratic Attorney General candidate Jon Richards of Milwaukee proposed a bold plan last week to create a “Senior Citizen Advocate” at the Department of Justice who would focus on cracking down on fraud and abuse committed against Wisconsin’s senior citizens.
It is estimated that more than 5,000 cases of elder abuse occur each year in Wisconsin.
“Wisconsin’s senior citizens need an advocate in the Department of Justice,” said Richards.
“I am committed to doing everything I can to fight elder abuse and financial fraud, and I’ll use the resources in the Department of Justice to combat this growing problem.” Richards, a member of the State Assembly and a lawyer in private practice, also stressed his credentials as a progressive leader on numerous issues, including gun safety, women’s rights, and voting rights.
Richards was the lead author of the bill to require universal background checks on all firearm purchases.
“We must do more to reduce gun violence in Milwaukee and across the state,” said Richards.
“Too many innocent people, often times children, are dying because criminals who shouldn’t have guns are able to obtain them.
Universal background checks are a commonsense solution that will reduce gun violence and save lives, and I’ll fight to require those checks on all gun purchases.”
Richards, who represents the 19th Assembly District in Milwaukee, has strong support from elected and community leaders in Milwaukee.
He lists the support of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, City Treasurer Spencer Coggs, State Senator Chris Larson, State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd, and many others on his website at www.jonforwisconsin.com.
Richards attributes this to his strong statewide campaign, which has supporters in every one of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.
“Wisconsin needs a change in the Department of Justice,” added Richards.
“I am not afraid to stand up against Scott Walker and his extreme attacks on the people of Milwaukee, workers, and middle-class families.
I’m ready to fight every day to protect our communities and rights, and that is why I am running for Attorney General.”
Jon Richards will face two other Democrats in the primary election on August 12th.
The winner will face Republican Brad Schimel in the general election.