Madison (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has officially announced he will be running for governor. He joins a large group of Democrats running to defeat Governor Scott Walker.
Soglin said his track record is better than the rest, with 20 plus years in the private sector. Soglin said balancing being mayor and running a campaign won't be a problem.
When compared to the other 17 candidates in the race, he said he can’t compete with money or endorsements for now. However, he said he’s running on a “supper club campaign” meaning he plans to host several events statewide to make his name known.
Scott Walker took to Twitter after the announcement saying the last thing we need is more Madison in our lives. Walker said Madison is a place where murders have gone up and Soglin is to blame. At the same time, Walker’s economic development agency is also spending $1 million promoting Madison.
It’s part of a campaign that tries to lure millennials from Chicago
Soglin started his campaign in Waukesau on Wednesday and ended in Madison. Soglin is up for re-election for mayor in 2019, and if he does win the primary in March, he can still hold that office. However, if elected governor in November, he would have to step down.