A long-time state attorney says he might try to head the agency where he used to work.

Matt Frank said Thursday he’s thinking about running for Wisconsin attorney general in next fall’s elections.

He’ll make a final decision in the next week to 10 days.

Frank would be a Democrat, putting him in a potential primary with Assembly Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee next August.

Richards announced his candidacy Wednesday.

Frank spent 22 years in the state Justice Department as an assistant attorney general, and the head of the department’s legal division. He was also the secretary of the DNR and the corrections’ department under former Governor Jim Doyle.

The current attorney general, Republican J.B. Van Hollen, says he’ll step down after next year.

Five people have either announced their candidacies for AG, or are thinking about it.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel is the only declared Republican in the race so far. Assembly Democrat Chris Taylor of Madison and state police union chief Jim Palmer are both thinking about it.

Terry Lee, WTAQ

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