After collecting nearly 2,000 signatures, Republican Steve Toft was approved by the Wisconsin Election Commission to be included in the ballot for the 3rd Congressional District.
This morning, Toft released a statement thanking the dozens of volunteers who helped secure his name on the ballot.
"As an outsider who is looking to unseat 22-year, career politician Ron Kind, it is more important than ever to have a powerful base of grassroots support," said Toft.
He was born and raised on a farm in West Central Wisconsin. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, Toft enlisted in the US Army where his career spanned 32 years. After his retirement, Toft returned to Osseo where he lives with his wife of 28 years, Carla. Together they have two grown children.
Two other candidates who declared as Republicans, Brandon Cook of Hagar City, and Che Stone Parrott of Eau Claire, did not turn in nomination papers before Friday's 5 p.m. deadline.
Juliet Germanotta of La Crosse didn't submit nomination papers to run as a Democrat against Kind.