A Burlington man on Wednesday joined the Republican field in the race to replace Rep. Paul Ryan in the 1st Congressional District.
Kevin Adam Steen, 35, said he and supporters are working to get the 1,000 signatures he will need to get on the Aug. 14 primary ballot.
“When an opportunity presents itself, and those able and willing choose not to step forward, I find it hard to sit back and watch,” Steen said.
Also running as Republicans are Paul Nehlen of the town of Delavan, Nick Polce of Lake Geneva and Jeremy Ryan of Madison, who calls himself a progressive Republican.
Brian Steil of Janesville has said he is seriously considering a run.
Ryan announced last week he would not seek re-election.
Steen described himself as a native of Indiana, a husband and father, a graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College and UW-Madison and an applications engineer for Putzmeister America in Sturtevant.
Steen said he has never held public office but has been involved in politics for years.
Steen said he has a good understanding of the economics and people of the 1st District and sees a conservative base in the district he wants to represent.
Steen said he has agreed with many of Ryan’s decisions and thinks President Donald Trump is doing a good job.