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Ex-rivals back Happ for attorney general

State Rep. Jon Richards, left, and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, right, endorse Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ for Wisconsin attorney general during a news conference Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Milwaukee. Happ defeated Richards and Ozanne in the Democratic primary and faces Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, a Republican, in the general election. (AP Photo/M.L. Johnson)

State Rep. Jon Richards (left) and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne endorse Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ for Wisconsin attorney general during a news conference Friday in Milwaukee. Happ defeated Richards and Ozanne in the Democratic primary and faces Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, a Republican, in the general election. (AP Photo/M.L. Johnson)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — State Rep. Jon Richards and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne say they will support former rival Susan Happ in her bid to become Wisconsin’s attorney general.

Happ defeated Richards and Ozanne on Tuesday in the Democratic primary. The Jefferson County district attorney now faces Republican Brad Schimel in the general election. Schimel is district attorney in Waukesha County.

Richards and Ozanne appeared with Happ on Friday at a news conference in Milwaukee. Richards says it’s time to “close ranks as Democrats” and work to elect a candidate who will stand up for the environment, access to health care and citizens’ rights in the workplace.

Ozanne says it’s good to have a candidate with experience as a prosecutor but the race is about more than just being tough on crime.

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