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Dem State Sen. Vinehout announces bid for Governor in possible recall


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A western Wisconsin legislator has become the second Democrat to announce her candidacy for governor.

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma said Wednesday she would run in the expected recall election against Republican Governor Scott Walker later this year.

The 53-year-old Vinehout was first elected to the Senate in 2006, and she narrowly won a second term in 2010. She’s a former dairy farmer and college professor.

A year ago, Vinehout was one of the 14 Senate Democrats who left the Capitol for 3 weeks in a failed effort to kill the new law that virtually ended collective bargaining by most public employee unions in Wisconsin.

In a statement Wednesday, Vinehout said “We need a fresh start and a new attitude in Wisconsin politics and government,” and she has the experience and temperament to lead.

This is Vinehout’s first attempt at statewide office.

Former Dane County executive and state attorney general candidate Kathleen Falk is also running.

Other possible candidates include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former House Democrat Dave Obey. State Senate Democrat Tim Cullen of Janesville considered a run, but pulled away last month.