Scott Walker would like another chance.
The Republican governor will ask on Sunday, and in the days that follow, for a third — or fourth, if we’re counting on a purely electoral basis — opportunity to lead the state of Wisconsin. Walker’s re-election bid, following months of hints, is rooted in his assertion that there is “more to be done.”
The argument, as Walker makes it, is that the policies pursued during his tenure have lowered the state’s unemployment rate, brought down taxes and allowed for significant investments in education.
Among the accomplishments Walker cites are Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate — nearly 69 percent — its highly-ranked health care system, its recently achieved ranking as a “top 10” state for business according to Chief Executive magazine, and the $8 billion in tax cuts enacted since he took office.
Under the “more to be done” category, Walked said, is making sure “everyone shares in our economic prosperity,” no matter their location or background, ensuring all Wisconsin children have access to a quality education, finding ways to increase household income and finding better ways to treat addiction while stopping the spread of opioids and other illegal drugs.
The Democratic field at this point includes Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik, Eau Claire state Rep. Dana Wachs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, Alma state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn, political activist Mike McCabe and political newcomer Bob Harlow. Several others, including Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, former state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, firefighters union president Mahlon Mitchell and Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober, are considering bids.