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State Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey to run for governor

Rep. Brett Hulsey (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)
Rep. Brett Hulsey (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey said Monday he'll run for governor against Mary Burke in a mid-August primary.  

The Madison lawmaker would have to give up his legislative post for a chance to unseat Republican Scott Walker this fall.

If elected, Hulsey said he would invest over $2 billion to create clean energy jobs, expand job training, and give more money to public schools and colleges. He said people want a real plan to get Wisconsinites back to work, not, "more divisive politics."  

Hulsey been in the Assembly for four years, and was on the Dane County Board for 14 years. He has also been a leader in the Sierra Club.  

Last year, there was speculation that Hulsey would have a primary challenger for his Assembly post -- and he was thinking about running as an independent to avoid that.  

One of Hulsey's aides complained that he brought a box cutter to his office in 2013 and urged her to train for self-defense. In 2012, he was fined $114 for pushing a nine-year-old stranger off an inner-tube at a Madison beach.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)