WAUKESHA - Mary
Burke, the Democratic Party’s candidate for governor of
Wisconsin, and Susan Happ, the party’s candidate for state
attorney general, came to a room full of supporters at
Waukesha’s Sheet Metal Workers International Association on
Thursday evening. Both candidates fired up supporters by
detailing their plans for office and asserting why they’re the
right choice this November.
announced in October that she was running for governor. She will
face off against incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker.
simple why I’m running: I love Wisconsin. We have a good state
with good people, but we deserve better,” said Burke, adding, “I
am so afraid that if we have four more years of this partisan
divisiveness, I’m not going to recognize the state I love.”
Wisconsin deserves a better economy, better schools and, most
importantly, better leadership. As the former state Secretary of
Commerce under Governor Jim Doyle, Burke said, there were 80,000
more jobs in Wisconsin during her time at that post than now.
“We have a
governor who is more focused on advancing his own career than he
is on putting people back to work,” said Burke.
Burke said she
has a history of putting Wisconsinites to work. As a former
leader at Trek Bicycle Corporation, she increased sales in her
department from $3 million to $50 million in just a few years,
which added jobs to the state’s economy, she said. She also
helped the residents of Park Falls, Wisconsin, save their paper
mill, which kept 300 people at work, she said.
Her plan for
governor is to put common sense solutions ahead of partisan
politics, support women’s and gay rights, protect the
environment, raise the minimum wage, roll back the statewide
expansion of school vouchers, and strengthen public education,
addressed a question from the crowd about the current ad being
run by the Republican Governors Association against her, which
contends that she sent jobs overseas during her time at Trek.
She said Trek produces as much as it can in the United States to
remain competitive and stay in business, asserting that an
uneven playing field in this country makes it difficult for
manufacturers to stay in America.
said she is ready to fire back against any negative advertising
her opponent throws her way.
“When we come
together, we can do incredible things. We can overcome the
challenges,” said Burke. “I call it the Wisconsin way.”
Happ, who is
currently Jefferson County’s district attorney, was making her
first speaking engagement in Waukesha.
happy to be here in Waukesha with so many good Democrats. Up
until a few years ago, I didn’t know there were any Democrats in
Waukesha,” she joked.
If she is
elected attorney general, her goals will include strengthening
schools and healthcare services, and protecting rights of
voters, women and minorities, Happ said.