Eau Claire democratic representative Dana Wachs plans to challenge Governor Scott walker in the 2018 election. Fox 25/48's Jessica Bringe has more on Wisconsin’s 91st District Assemblyman and why the 59-year-old progressive in throwing his hat into the gubernatorial race.
In an announcement Monday, Eau Claire democratic representative Dana Wachs says he's running for governor. To give the capital back to the people of Wisconsin.
People are having to work two to three jobs in order to keep a roof over their head. We've got an entire generation that's hamstrung by student loans but we can't get a bill through the
Capital that would allow refinancing these student loans. These are symptoms of the fact that people don't have a voice in Madison
In a statement, Governor Scott walkers officer responded to Wach's announcement saying in part... "Hard-working Wisconsin families are seeing how Governor Walker's record of reforming the system to put taxpayers in charge has our state headed in the right direction."
However, WEAU's political analyst John Frank says it will likely be a long road for all candidates whether they're republican or democrat
Anyone who is going to run for state office needs two things, one is name recognition and number two is you need to have financing. So, all the people who are running,
And there's at least seven or eight people who have announced they've formed a committee or that they are indeed running for governor. All of them have the same path, some of them are just further along the path then others.
Frank also says another hurdle for candidates will be overcoming the governor's currently positive record
It's going to be a very tough road for somebody to win against an incumbent governor who is ruling the state of Wisconsin in good economic times.
Wachs will enter the race alongside two other democrats Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik and political newcomer Bob Harlow.
In Eau Claire, Jessica Bringe Fox 25/48 News at Nine.