And the candidates are:

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The special primary recall election of Gov. Scott Walker and his Lt. Governor will take place on Tuesday, May 8.

In the past few weeks this column has discussed the Wisconsin Constitution that allows for such recall elections, its wordage, and how it clearly meets the standard for a recall election.

The column will now provide information on the candidates who are running for Wisconsin’s governor, their experience and background. Where possible, in order to report fairly, information on the candidates has come from Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia.

Two candidates are vying for the Republican position for governor on the May 8 primary ballot in the recall election. They are:

- Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a 23-year-old, who calls himself a Progressive Republican who says he is a pro-labor/workers candidate. There is limited information about him on the Internet, but he says he will only accept donations of $100 or less.

- Gov. Scott Walker is listed as being born in Colorado. Went to high school in Milwaukee and four years at Marquette University before dropping out of school prior to graduating. He then ran for the Assembly (at age 22) and lost. Walker worked for a non-profit organization for three years before running again for the Assembly and winning; he served from 1993 to 2002.

In 2002 he was elected Milwaukee County Executive and served from 2002 to 2010. He was elected governor of Wisconsin and began serving in January 2011 before being required by a statewide petition to run in a recall election. Other then part-time employment (IBM sales), there is no record of him working or having experience in the private sector.

- Hari Trivedi is listed as an Independent candidate for governor. He lives in Brookfield and is listed as a kidney specialist. He has spent $17,000 in ads but there was limited information found about him on the Internet.

On the Democratic side for governor, there are four candidates. We will take them in alphabetical order:

- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was born in Milwaukee. His father was a WW II decorated navigator having flown 30 missions over Germany. Barrett received a law degree from the

The special primary recall election of Gov. Scott Walker and his Lt. Governor will take place on Tuesday, May 8.

In the past few weeks this column has discussed the Wisconsin Constitution that allows for such recall elections, its wordage, and how it clearly meets the standard for a recall election.

The column will now provide information on the candidates who are running for Wisconsin’s governor, their experience and background. Where possible, in order to report fairly, information on the candidates has come from Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia.

Two candidates are vying for the Republican position for governor on the May 8 primary ballot in the recall election. They are:

- Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a 23-year-old, who calls himself a Progressive Republican who says he is a pro-labor/workers candidate. There is limited information about him on the Internet, but he says he will only accept donations of $100 or less.

- Gov. Scott Walker is listed as being born in Colorado. Went to high school in Milwaukee and four years at Marquette University before dropping out of school prior to graduating. He then ran for the Assembly (at age 22) and lost. Walker worked for a non-profit organization for three years before running again for the Assembly and winning; he served from 1993 to 2002.

In 2002 he was elected Milwaukee County Executive and served from 2002 to 2010. He was elected governor of Wisconsin and began serving in January 2011 before being required by a statewide petition to run in a recall election. Other then part-time employment (IBM sales), there is no record of him working or having experience in the private sector.

- Hari Trivedi is listed as an Independent candidate for governor. He lives in Brookfield and is listed as a kidney specialist. He has spent $17,000 in ads but there was limited information found about him on the Internet.

On the Democratic side for governor, there are four candidates. We will take them in alphabetical order:

- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was born in Milwaukee. His father was a WW II decorated navigator having flown 30 missions over Germany. Barrett received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. Served in Wisconsin state Assembly from 1984 to 1989, state Senate from 1989 to January 1993. Served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to January 2003. Became mayor of Milwaukee in April 2004. In 2010 he ran for governor and lost in a competitive election. Earlier in his career he had a private law practice and was a bank examiner.

- Kathleen Falk was born in Milwaukee, grew up in Waukesha County and now lives in Madison. Received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1976 along with degrees from Standford and Harvard Universities. She served as co-director and counsel to the Wisconsin Environmental Decade before accepting a position as Assistant Attorney General and Public Intervenor with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (1983 to 1997). Falk was elected County Executive of Dane County, Wisconsin, serving from 1997 to 2011.

- Doug La Follette is the longest-serving candidate running for governor. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, his great-grandfather and “Fighting Bob” La Follette’s father were brothers. He has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Columbia University and taught as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha. Served in the Wisconsin state Senate for one term, lost a close Congressional election before being elected Wisconsin’s Secretary of State in 1983 where he is presently serving.

Known for his interest in the environment before running for office, he helped organize the first Earth Day for Gaylord Nelson in 1970 and co-founded the Wisconsin Environmental Decade (now known as Clean Wisconsin).

- Kathleen Vinehout was born in Albany, New York. Both her parents served in the United States Air Force. She has a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from St. Louis University (1987) as well as other educational degrees. As a professor, she taught in the Health Services Administration and Women’s Studies Programs. Vinehout’s family farm in Alma is certified organic and produces hay and grain. She has represented the 31st state Senate District since 2007.

- Gladys Huber, an elderly woman, has been listed as a fake Democratic candidate for governor and has not accepted news media interviews and reportedly referred news media questions to the Republican Party offices.

These are the candidates for governor of Wisconsin from both political parties, and an Independent, that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, May 8. Hopefully you will make full use of your Constitutional right and vote.

In fairness, it needs to be noted that a John Doe investigation is presently taking place dealing with Scott Walker’s staff when he was Milwaukee County Executive. A number have been charged with crimes of theft, campaigning while on government time, and sexual misconduct (not work related). Scott Walker himself has not been charged; the investigation is ongoing.


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