Kevin Nicholson’s campaign for U.S. Senate released on Wednesday a list of a dozen county sheriffs in Wisconsin that are endorsing his candidacy.

“Wisconsin’s law enforcement officials are selfless in their daily protection of our communities and families, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. I also am grateful to these sheriffs for their endorsement,” said Nicholson in a statement on Wednesday. “Their support means a great deal to our entire team.”

In response to an inquiry from RightWisconsin, the campaign would not say if these were the first Republican elected officials in Wisconsin to endorse Nicholson, saying they would have no other on the record statement beyond the press release. A search of past press releases did not reveal any elected Wisconsin Republican officials publicly endorsing Nicholson.

The endorsements from the sheriffs come in the same week as another national endorsement, this time from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Brown County Sheriff John Gossage (R-Bellevue) said Nicholson is needed by Wisconsin’s sheriffs to serve in Washington D.C. Gossage has announced that he will not seek re-election this year after over 30 years in law enforcement, including eight years as sheriff.

“He knows the challenges we face when protecting the public, and will always have our back as we do our jobs,” Gossage said. “With Kevin in the U.S. Senate, Wisconsin law enforcement professionals will have a trusted friend working on our behalf in Washington.”

Here is the list of the rest of the county sheriffs endorsing Nicholson:

  • Calumet County Sheriff Mark Ott
  • Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle
  • Green Lake County Sheriff Mark A. Podoll
  • Kewaunee County Sheriff Matthew Joski
  • Marathon County Sheriff Scott R. Parks
  • Former Outagamie County Sheriff Mike Brooks
  • Oconto County Sheriff Michael Jansen
  • Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson
  • Rusk County Sheriff Jeffrey S. Wallace
  • Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber
  • Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz

Nicholson is running against state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The GOP primary election is in August. The winner will face the incumbent Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) in November.