MADISON (WKOW) -- Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announced Wednesday she's running for governor in a recall election against Governor Scott Walker. Falk said the recall's volunteerism tipped the scales for her.
"Hope has inspired this movement, and the people of the movement inspire me," Falk said in a two minute internet video of her campaign intentions.
Falk's announcement comes hours after volunteers submitted more than one million signatures to the state Government Accountability Board in support of Walker's recall.
In an interview with 27 News, Falk said Walker's abolishment of most public union collective bargaining rights stood in contrast to her track record as county executive of winning union concessions while respecting the bargaining process.
"I sat down with eight unions and negotiated cuts in their pay, increases in their cost sharing of what they pay in their health insurance. I got the job done without abandoning workers' rights."
Falk resigned as Dane County executive mid-term in the spring of 2010 after more than a decade in office, without identifying her future plans. Falk told 27 News the actions of the Walker administration helped lead her to consider a candidacy.
Falk has had past, unsuccessful runs for both attorney general and governor. Recent public opinion polling shows Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as the favorite in a hypothetical match-up with Falk in a Democratic recall primary. Falk said Barrett's unsuccessful 2010 campaign against Walker involved millions in campaign dollars to raise Barrett's profile statewide and the polling results were not unexpected. Barrett has declined comment on whether he'll run in a recall election.
Another potential candidate, Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) said Falk is a good candidate, but her announcement does not end his consideration of the race. State Senator Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) said he's planning to run and others are also considering campaigns.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Kathleen Falk will run for governor of Wisconsin in a recall election against Scott Walker.
Falk made the announcement Wednesday on her website.
In an email to supporters, the Democrat wrote "One million Wisconsinites signed recall petitions in an unprecedented and inspiring show of solidarity and determination: things are not working here and we must, we can, and we will do better."
Falk also wrote, "As your Governor, I will make different choices than Scott Walker. I know Wisconsin is a place where we can have good paying jobs…a clean environment…successful schools affordable health care. We can have workers and management talking and working together to solve tough problems. I know we can, because I did it for more than a decade as a chief executive and I know we can do it again. The people of Wisconsin have done a brave thing: demanded change. And together we will continue to make history."
27 News is following this developing story and will have updates all day on www.wkow.com and tonight on 27 News at 5, 6 and 10.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has announced that she's running to become the next governor of Wisconsin.
Falk's announcement was delivered in a two-minute web video to supporters just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.
This announcement comes one day after Democrats turned in one million signatures to the state Government Accountability Board to force an election against Gov. Scott Walker.
Click here to watch the announcement.
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