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Head of firefighters union running for governorSubmitted: 11/13/2017
Head of firefighters union running for governor
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - The head of the Wisconsin state firefighters union is running for governor as a Democrat, joining a crowded field hoping for the chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Mahlon Mitchell launched his campaign Monday with stops in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison.

Mitchell said Monday he is running for governor "because after eight years of Scott Walker, it's time for change."

The 40-year-old Mitchell grew up in Delavan, where the 50-year-old Walker was also raised.

Mitchell lives in Fitchburg and is president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. He is a former Madison firefighter.

The Democratic primary is scheduled for August 14 and the election is November 6.

The Wisconsin Republican Party is criticizing Mitchell over his opposition to the Act 10 collective bargaining law.

Mitchell was outspoken against Walker's proposal in 2011 that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, although it did not apply to police and firefighters.

Mitchell also ran for lieutenant governor in the 2012 recall but was defeated.

Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman says Mitchell went to "extreme lengths to protect big government special interests during the recall" and now he's "doubling down on the failed policies of yesterday."

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