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Democrat Mary Burke jumps into governor's race Submitted: 10/07/2013
WISCONSIN - Madison Democrat Mary Burke announced Monday morning she'll run against Governor Scott Walker in 2014.

Burke became the first Democrat to challenge Walker in next fall's governor's race.

Burke used to be a top executive at Trek Bicycle.

She was then the Commerce secretary for Governor Jim Doyle in the mid-2000s.

Right now, she serves on the Madison School Board.

In her video announcement, Burke pointed to a Moody's analysis that showed Wisconsin 45th in projected job growth.

"I'm running for governor because we can do better than that - a lot better. But to do it, we've got to make some real changes in Madison. Just like Washington, our state capitol has become so focused on politics and winning the next political fight, it's pulling our state apart, and our economy down. But it doesn't have to be that way," Burke says in the video.

Walker has already won statewide twice - once in the 2010 general election, then surviving a recall last year.

If she wins, Burke would become the first female governor in Wisconsin history.


Story By: Ben Meyer

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