A second Democrat has tossed her hat into the ring to run in the recall election against Governor Walker.
State Senator Kathleen Vinehout from Alma announced in Madison that she will seek the nomination.
The 53 year old was elected to the state senate five years ago in a largely rural area.
Vinehout is a former dairy farmer and college professor.
A year ago, Vinehout was one of the 14 Senate Democrats who left the Capitol for three weeks in a failed effort to kill the new law that virtually ended collective bargaining by most public employee unions in Wisconsin. In a statement today, Vinehout said “We need a fresh start and a new attitude in Wisconsin politics and government,” and she has the experience and temperament to lead. This is Vinehout’s first attempt at statewide office. Former Dane County executive and state attorney general candidate Kathleen Falk is also running. Other possible candidates include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former House Democrat Dave Obey. State Senate Democrat Tim Cullen of Janesville considered a run, but pulled away last month