Nehls, 53, who retired from his post as sheriff 13 months ago, feels his 35 years in law enforcement has provided him with significant experience and background to represent the people of the district.
“I understand the issues and challenges people are facing due to the actions in Washington from those who have lost their way,” Nehls said in a news release issued late Monday night. “Historic budget deficits, failed foreign policy, reckless spending and government mandates all have the trickle-down effect upon the citizens of the 6th District.”Sounds like a pretty typical Republican talking point press release.
So, aside from being sheriff, what else is in his background to qualify him for congress?
A decorated war veteran, Nehls served 36 years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He retired as a colonel in 2013. In 2004-05, he was deployed to Afghanistan and commanded troops along the Pakistan border. Nehls was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal.
Nehls traveled extensively with the military in Canada, Germany, Nicaragua, Ukraine and Russia.I don't give a crap your politics. That's a hell of a resume defending my right to write what I do every day here.
“We need more representatives in Congress who have served and can provide the necessary background to our elected officials regarding the importance of a strong national defense and foreign policy,” Nehls said.
Nehls has a portfolio of community service that includes serving as an alderman in Fox Lake and on school district committees. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for more than 25 years and have two sons and two grandchildren.
“I consider myself as a person who reflects the population of the 6th District — hardworking and dedicated to the community,” Nehls said.While he comes across as not so crazy as Sen. Grothamn, Rep. Strobel, or yesterday's other unsurprising announcement of State Sen. Joe Leibham's candidacy for the 6th Congressional District, I can only assume he will be drowned out in the sea of already elected and high conservative candidates.