Scores of Democrats are already lining up to unseat Governor Scott Walker in next year’s governor’s race. The latest to announce is Mahlon Mitchell — the leader of Wisconsin’s firefighter’s union.
Mitchell announced his campaign at upscale Madison pizzeria Lucille on Nov 13. In his announcement, he highlighted his career as a firefighter, saying, “I never ever thought I would consider leaving the fire service.”
He says that his experience working with people in the real world and as a union chief and helping them through their “worst days” differentiates him from Governor Walker. “After eight years, it’s clear that in order to have real leadership in Madison, we’ve got to change our course of action.” Mitchell maintains that Walker has not done what he set out to do and has divided Wisconsin.
Mitchell addressed the Foxconn deal in his announcement and said that we need to focus on attracting businesses by investing in our state, not begging companies to come here with incentives.
Milwaukee U.S. Representative Gwen Moore immediately supported Mitchell. Mitchell has run for statewide office in the past. He was defeated in the 2012 recall primary.
Producer Nina Kravinsky has more on Mitchell’s announcement.