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Field of Democrats wanting to take on Walker continues to grow

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Numerous Democrats are considering running for governor in 2018. This is where they stand.

Major announced candidates:

State Superintendent Tony Evers

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, of Alma

State Rep. Dana Wachs, of Eau Claire

Former Democratic Party Chairman Matt Flynn

Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik

Political activist Mike McCabe

Firefighter union leader Mahlon Mitchell

Other announced candidates:

Political newcomer and recent Stanford University graduate Bob Harlow.

Disability rights advocate Jeff Rumbaugh

Salon owner Michele Doolan;

Dave Heaster, an information-technology worker who ran unsuccessfully for Congress against U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner in 2012

Political newcomer Andrew Lust, whose GoFundMe page has a $30 million goal but no donations to date.

Registered candidates exploring a bid: Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober; former state Rep. Brett Hulsey, of Madison; Jared Landry, a private investigator from La Farge who ran for state Senate in 2016 but lost in the primary to Democratic Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling; and Ramona Whiteaker, a photographer from Stoughton.

Those who have said they are thinking about running, but have not registered or declared: Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and former state Rep. Kelda Roys, of Madison.

Those who are mentioned as possible candidates, but haven't said what their intentions are: Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ and Dan Speckhard, the former U.S. ambassador to Greece and Belarus and current president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief.

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