Tony Kurtz

Tony Kurtz

Tony Kurtz, a 20-year U.S. Army veteran, has announced his candidacy to challenge Rep. Ron Kind in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.

The 3rd district includes Adams County and a portion of Juneau County.

Kurtz, a decorated former helicopter pilot, was deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and flew as a Pilot-in-Command in Cobra Helicopters. He was also deployed in February 2003 to Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Accident Investigator on Army Aircraft Accidents. Kurtz retired from the U.S. Army in August of 2005 with 20 years of active federal service.

Kurtz said he was motivated to run due to 18-year incumbent Rep. Kind’s (D-La Crosse) failure to address job creation, quality healthcare, a balanced budget and deficit reduction. Kurtz said Rep. Kind, first elected in 1996, voted for the Wall Street bailouts, the failed stimulus bill, and the Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare.

“People are tired of career politicians who say all the right things, but then blame others for the gridlock and lack of results,” Kurtz said. “If we want to move the nation forward and create good jobs in Western Wisconsin, we have to change the Representatives voting for irresponsible spending and a bloated government, which is stifling our economy. I am ready for the challenge, and I’m excited to contrast my vision for a stronger America versus Ron Kind’s record of a failed, tax-and-spend big-government agenda.”

Joining Kurtz at his campaign kickoff and endorsing his candidacy were former State Sen. Dan Kapanke and former Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Secretary Colonel-retired Ray Boland.

Kurtz said Western Wisconsin needs a new voice and perspective to tackle the growing fiscal crisis gripping the country. He said since Rep. Kind was elected the nation’s debt has grown from about $5 trillion to more than $17 trillion today.

“Ron Kind has voted to pile unsustainable debt upon the backs of our children and grandchildren with no end in sight,” Kurtz said. “Once elected, I will work to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington, and I will fight for a balanced budget and sound deficit reduction.”

After retiring from active duty, Kurtz started a small business, Kaynick Solutions LLC, which teaches military units about accident investigation and safety-program management. He also started farming in Western Wisconsin.

Kurtz lives in Prairie du Chien with his wife, Kim, and their two children who attend Prairie du Chien public schools.