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Kathleen Falk to run for Governor, other Democrats considering running

Kathleen Falk. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kathleen Falk to run for Governor, other Democrats considering running

By Jay Sorgi & WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 18, 2012

MADISON - A Democrat from Madison will be officially declaring her candidacy for Governor against Scott Walker in a recall election.

Kathleen Falk has announced that she will run for governor in an effort to unseat Walker, the Republican incumbent facing the potential recall.

It comes one day after recall organizers reportedly submitted more than 1 million signatures on petitions to force a recall electoin involving Walker.

The announcement came on a video on her web site.

“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 said in an e-mail to supporters.

"The people of Wisconsin have done a brave thing: demanded change. And together we will continue to make history.”

Falk has previously served as Dane County Executive among the offices she's held in her political career.

She lost the race for Attorney General to Republican J.B. Van Hollen in 2006, and lost to Jim Doyle in the Democratic primary for governor in 2002.

"Kathleen Falk's announcement today comes as no surprise, as we have long anticipated she would be the nominee hand-picked by big-government, public employee union bosses," said Friends of Scott Walker communications director Ciara Matthews in a statement.

"Falk's record as Dane County executive falls in lockstep with a Madison liberal ideology that is far outside the mainstream of the majority of Wisconsinites."  

While it could be months before a recall election is held, Former Dane County Exec Kathleen Falk and state Senator Tim Cullen are already jumping in the race.

"Kathleen and the others who are thinking about running are all good people," said Cullen.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is one of those who is considering a run.  He is out of town, but his campaign advisor sent us this statement, "Of course Tom is weighing the recall election.  He has deep, state-wide support and those supporters have asked Tom to take a serious look at running."

Barrett isn't alone: former Congressman David Obey is said to be considering a run.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca confirms he's still deciding, as does state Senator Jon Erpenbach.

Republicans say they are confident about a Walker re-election with the list of potential candidates.

Former Congressman David Obey is said to be considering a run.  Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca confirms he's still deciding, as does state Senator Jon Erpenbach.

Republicans say they are confident about a Walker re-election with the list of potential candidates.

But to Stephan Thompson, the executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, "It's a laundry list of washed-up liberals who are yesterday's news."

And for Lieutenant Governor, Firefighter's Union President Mahlon Mitchell told TODAY'S TMJ4 he wants to run, as does state Representative Cory Mason.

The state Democratic Party says they will not endorse a candidate.  They add they are confident that a primary will produce the strongest possible candidate to take on Scott Walker.