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Lehman first Democrat in 2014 race for Lt. Governor


MADISON (WKOW) -- Democratic state Senator John Lehman announced Monday that he will run for lieutenant governor and give up his Senate seat.

Lehman won the seat representing Racine in a 2012 recall election.

He is the first Democrat to announce a run for lieutenant governor in the 2014 general election next November. If more than one Democrat runs, the winner will be determined in the August 12 primary election.

Lehman faced a tough re-election battle after Republicans redrew the district's boundaries in 2010, seemingly making it more favorable for a Republican candidate. Van Wanggaard, who Lehman defeated in the 2012 recall race, has already announced he's running for the seat again.

A former high school history teacher, Lehman served in the Assembly from 1996 until 2004. He was elected to the Senate in 2006 and served one term before Wanggaard, a former police investigator, defeated him in 2010.

Lehman highlighted his recall victory, and his experience in state and local government, in a statement announcing his candidacy.

Lehman also said he was excited and encouraged by the candidacy of Mary Burke, the former Trek Bicycle executive and state Secretary of Commerce who is the only Democrat to announce a run for governor, so far. Democratic Senator Kathleen Vinehout is considering a run and has said she will make her decision in the next few months.

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