Polk County attorney Margaret Engebretson plans to formally announce on Monday her candidacy for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau.
Engebretson, 46, who is running as a Democrat, is an attorney in Balsam Lake, a 24-year military veteran and a former union worker.
The 7th District covers much of northwestern Wisconsin.
“I’m running because of my deep love, gratefulness and sense of obligation and duty to my country,” Engebretson said in a news release. “I am devastated, saddened and very concerned about our country’s future. I asked myself: ‘How can I best help my country right now?’ That is why I am running for this seat.
“To the people of the 7th Congressional District, I pledge to have your back.”
Engebretson’s Twitter profile describes herself like this: “Unaffiliated voter abruptly turned active Democrat to help promote and defend: Democracy. Liberalism. Ethics. Rule of Law. Unite!”
Other candidates registered to run so far for the 7th District seat are Democrat David Beeksma of Ashland and Hayward’s Ken Driessen, who lists his party as direct participatory democracy.