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Who's your candidate?

Know your choices for the May 8th Democratic Primary!

On May 2, 2012

May 8 is fast approaching. For some, this means finals. However, it is also the date of an important election: the Democratic primaries. So you can make an informed decision, here is some information about each candidate hoping to run against Scott Walker on June 5. Remember, no matter who you vote for, just get out and vote!

Tom Barrett: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is running for Governor because he believes that "we need to bring our state back.  Wisconsin needs a governor who is focused on jobs, not ideology; a leader committed to bringing our state together and healing political wounds." The main issue he would like to focus on is job creation. Barrett founded and currently co-chairs the M-7 regional economic development group that has worked to save and attract thousands of jobs in Wisconsin. Working with his group, he was able to turn Menomonee Valley from an "industrial wasteland to a thriving commercial sector that now supports more than 4,000 jobs. Barrett has worked with companies such as Helios and Ingetseam to encourage workers to come to Wisconsin. He will work to reinstate collective bargaining rights to workers. Barrett lives in Milwaukee with his wife Karen, a teacher, and their four children. To learn more about Barrett, visit

Kathleen Falk: Kathleen Falk is a former Dane County Executive who has had plenty of experience in the political sphere. In 1983, Falk became an assistant attorney general to the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice. She made a run for Governor in 2002, but lost in the primary. She is now making another run against Scott Walker, running "to stop the war on women and bring back our beloved state." To create jobs, Falk plans to lead a new venture capital initiative that currently has bipartisan support, but Walker has yet to pass into law. She also believes that investing in renewable resources will not only create jobs, but boost Wisconsin's economy as well. She plans to also reinstate the equal pay act so "women don't have to face inequality in the workplace." Visit to read more about Falk.

   Doug La Follette: Secretary of State Doug La Follette may not be the most well-known candidate, but don't let that fool you. He was a state representative from 1972 to 1974 for Kenosha, where he provided family planning care for women for the first time in Wisconsin's history. La Follette was then elected Secretary of State and has been re-elected for the past 30 years. He is an environmental activist who has founded Clean Wisconsin, and wants to restore our environment for not only the beauty, but the economy. He believes in workers having a "right to bargain for fair pay, safe and appropriate working conditions, and health and retirement benefits." He also understands that "sometimes it is necessary for unionized workers to make sacrifices to the common good. But those sacrifices need to be more than matched by those richest of Wisconsinites and Americans in the upper 1 [percent]." If you would like to learn more about La Follette, go to

     Kathleen Vinehout: Senator Kathleen Vinehout was relatively late to the politics game. She spent ten years teaching health administration to college students and then another ten running the family dairy farm. Vinehout won her first run for public office in 2006 to the state senate and is now serving her second four year term. The main focus with her campaign is reinstating collective bargaining, believing that it should be every worker's right to bargain for fair wages. When asked if she would veto any state budget that doesn't reinstate collective bargaining, Vinehout claimed that "[she] will work to see collective bargaining for public employees reinstated long before the budget passes. [She] wouldn't rule out vetoing the budget as a last resort, but I think it's a flawed strategy." To see where she stands on other issues, visit

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