December 18, 2014

Walker to launch campaign Tuesday

Governor Scott Walker will holds a series of events across Wisconsin on Tuesday, where he’s expected to make his re-election bid official.

Walker’s campaign is planning a “special announcement” about the re-election effort. He’s expected to begin the day near Madison, and wrap up the events at State Fair Park in suburban Milwaukee. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will accompany Walker.

Tuesday happens to also be the deadline to file income tax returns. It’s also the first day that candidates for the state’s fall elections can circulate nominating petitions.

The Republican incumbent won his first term by defeating Milwaukee Democrat Tom Barrett by almost six percentage points in 2010. Walker also survived a recall attempt against him in 2012, defeating Barrett by nearly seven points.

This fall, the governor is challenged by Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycle executive and state Commerce Secretary under then-Governor Jim Doyle.