Chris Kapenga

State Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, testified in favor of a bill that expands the work requirement for FoodShare recipients to include parents of children ages 6 and above, saying the mandate will “help get people off the sidelines and into the workforce.” Critics say the existing requirement for able-bodied adults with no minor children has hurt more recipients than it has helped. State figures show 27,000 people have gotten jobs after the requirement was put in place in 2015 but during the same time period, recipients lost food assistance 91,000 times. Photo taken Jan. 31, 2018.

MADISON (AP) — Republican Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow says he won't run for Congress to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

Farrow said in a statement Tuesday that he can't serve in Washington "when the issues I am most passionate about hit much closer to home."

Numerous other Republicans remain in the mix to run next year to succeed Sensenbrenner in the strongly Republican district.

Those include former U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson and state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson spokesman Ben Voelkel, state Sen. Chris Kapenga, state Rep. Adam Neylon and Republican activist Vince Trovato are also all weighing a run.

Democrat Tom Palzewicz, an entrepreneur and Navy veteran who lost to Sensenbrenner in 2018, is running.

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