"To announce today that Rebecca and I are asking for four more years to serve as your Governor and Lieutenant Governor to move Wisconsin forward."
Governor Scott Walker officially announces his re-election bid hoping to serve a third term in the office. The Governor made the announcement this afternoon at Weldall Manufacturing, Inc. In Waukesha.
As Walker laid out his campaign this afternoon, GOP leaders expressed excitement over the announcement while two local democratic gubernatorial candidates explained their plans for the upcoming election.
Fox 25/48's Brooke Schweiters has more on the local reaction to the announcement.
Moving Wisconsin forward... words Governor Scott Walker repeated throughout his announcement for re-election Sunday afternoon. At the same time, area democrats are aiming to take the state in a new direction as the gubernatorial race heats up.
The choice to announce his re-election bid at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha was no coincidence as Walker talked job creation.
"Think about it. We now have more people employed in this state than we've ever had in the history of the state of Wisconsin, we are moving Wisconsin forward.
For Eau Claire democratic gubernatorial candidate, State Representative Dana Wachs, the location was not telling for Walker's work.
"He has not done much for the middle class and for blue-collar workers. In fact, if anything he's hurt them because he's basically put in place a rush to the bottom in terms of what people earn in Wisconsin."
Local GOP leader Brian Westrate says the economy has been the focus of the Walker Administration the last eight years.
"I think job creation has been a hallmark of the last eight years of his administration. You've got what, the lowest unemployment rate in the state in 17 years right now and near record low unemployment."
But for local democratic gubernatorial candidate, State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, she says past numbers shouldn't be the focus.
"There will be plenty of time to debate the governor's numbers, the governor wants to talk about the past, but elections are really about the future, they are about what our vision is and where the people want to go."
On Sunday, both Vinehout and Wachs discussed people-first policies.
"Right now, the only policy in Madison is for uber wealthy, and powerful wealthy special interest groups, those are the groups that have Scott Walkers ear. We need to turn that around. We're going to invest in people."
"I am running for governor to put people first, people as the center of state policy, the top priority when it comes to spending state dollars. This is very different from where we are today."
In Eau Claire, Brooke Schweiters, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.