Stay Just Alittle Bit Longer
Candidates for Governor:
Scott Walker (R)
Mary Burke (D)
Scott Kevin Walker (born November 2, 1967) is an American Republican Party politician who is the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. He was first elected Governor in 2010 and was sworn in on January 3, 2011.
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Walker attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. He started his career working for IBM before gaining a marketing job with the American Red Cross. At age 22, Walker lost a run for the Wisconsin State Assembly in a Milwaukee district in 1990, though he won later, after moving to a more Conservative district in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He served five more terms in the Wisconsin Assembly from 1993 to 2002. In 2002, after the resignation of Tom Ament as Executive of Milwaukee County, Walker won in a special election to fill the seat, winning the first of three terms serving as County Executive in Milwaukee County from 2002 to 2010.
In his first run for Governor in 2006 he dropped out before the Republican primaries. Walker again ran for the governorship in 2010 winning in a three person race in the Republican primary. He faced Democratic nominee, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in the general election, where Walker won with 52% of the vote. After being sworn into office in 2011, Walker introduced a controversial budget repair plan which eliminated many collective bargaining rights for most public employees and made over $1 billion in cuts to the state's biennial education budget and $500 million in cuts from the state's biennial Medicaid budget. The budget cuts led to significant protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol and sparked an effort to recall Walker.
In a special election in June 2012, Walker again faced Barrett in Wisconsin's first and only Gubernatorial recall election and defeated him for a second time, obtaining more than 53% of the vote. Walker is the first and only governor in the U.S. to date to win a gubernatorial recall election.
Mary Burke (born April 30, 1959) is an American businesswoman, member of the Madison, Wisconsin school board, and a Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in the 2014 election. Burke is a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corporation; she also served as the Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce. She is the daughter of Trek Bicycle Corporation founder Richard Burke.
On October 7, 2013 Burke announced that she is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Governor Scott Walker in the 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial election.
In the race she is pitching herself as a moderate who will move Wisconsin beyond the partisan fighting that has defined Walker's term as governor. In August 2014, she was tied with Walker in the polls.