State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-WI) has become the second Democrat to declare her candidacy for governor, in the pending recall against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Vinehout has a background as a dairy farmer, and as an academic specializing in health care policy. She was elected to a swing seat in the state Senate in 2006, defeating a Republican incumbent, and was narrowly re-elected in the 2010 Republican wave.
Vinehout said in a press release on Wednesday:
“We need a governor who will lead with self restraint; who will be clear and open about her intentions; who will respect Wisconsin’s traditions of good government; who supports and takes pride in our schools; who values the skills workers bring to their jobs. We need a governor who wants to solve problems, not score political points,” said Vinehout. “I pledge to be that kind of governor.”
The other Democrat to have announced so far is former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who entered the race in mid-January soon after Democrats submitted the petitions to recall Walker.