Governor Scott Walker is officially running for a third term. He made his announcement in Waukesha on Sunday. Around two hundred supporters gathered amid iron beams and large welding projects at Weldall Manufacturing, while protesters chanted outside.
Walker called on his followers to support his re-election bid and touted his conservative reforms over the last 7 years, from cutting taxes to welfare reform.
Arnold Quakkelaar attended Sunday’s event and is the founder of Genesis, a religious nonprofit that aims to help former inmates re-enter society after incarceration.
Quakkelaar is a Walker supporter but says the criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform. “There are some things that are wrong with the system today. It’s punitive and not corrective… there are a lot of people in prison that want to change and want to get on the right track.”
Another attendee, David Zimmermann from Waukesha — who came with his teenage son — is the president of a small manufacturing company in Dodge County. He says Walker’s brought economic revival to Wisconsin. “They said Wisconsin is open for business and they meant that… the economy is really booming throughout the state of Wisconsin.”
Notably absent from Walker’s speech Sunday was any mention of Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant that announced over the summer it plans to build a $10 billion LCD display screen plant in Southeast Wisconsin.
Outside, scores of protesters urged Walker to raise the minimum wage and to reject a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Wisconsin, which critics say would open the floodgates for mistrust between undocumented immigrants and law enforcement.
The general election is a year from today: Nov 6, 2018.
WORT producer Nina Kravinsky attended the event and brings you more on the story.