Derrick Van Orden announces Congressional run

Derrick Van Orden

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (WKBT) — Republican Derrick Van Orden is back in the race to represent Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District.

Van Orden on Thursday announced his intention to run for the U.S. Congressional seat held by Democrat Ron Kind since 1997.

“The people of Wisconsin’s 3rd district are the hardest working, patriotic, freedom loving Americans I have ever had the honor to meet,” said Van Orden. “They know they are not being represented by Ron Kind and have expressed their concern to me that they see the country they love being destroyed by the socialist policies that he has voted for. I’m running to bring Wisconsin values back to Washington DC, stand up for our Constitution, and truly represent the people of the 3rd District instead of becoming rich in office by protecting personal power as my opponent has done for over two decades. Now is the time for a change in leadership in Western Wisconsin, and I will defeat Ron Kind in 2022.”

Kind has not said whether he plans to run again in 2022.

Van Orden, a former Navy SEAL, previously ran against Kind in 2020. Kind narrowly defeated the military veteran and actor.

He announced his bid with a YouTube video seen here.