MADISON — The recall race for governor is intensifying as eight people turn in signatures in hopes of being on the ballot.
Tuesday was the deadline to turn in the signatures needed to be on the ballot for governor. The challengers to Governor Scott Walker had to submit the signatures to the Government Accountability Board.
“We only had ten days and we just got flooded with people sending in nomination signatures from all across the state,” said Kathleen Falk, who is running as a Democrat.
“I've got strong support and I learned that during this process from Republicans, Independents, as well as Democrats all across the state,” said Secretary of State Doug La Follette, who is running as a Democrat.
In addition to Falk and La Follette, Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout also turned in signatures.
“Inside this box are the voters hopes and dreams for a fresh start in Wisconsin government and politics,” said Vinehout.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett had his wife, along with former Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton turn in his signatures.
“It's like political speed dating,” said Barrett. “It's moving so fast and I think the people in the state appreciate that because I think they want an end to this civil war.”
Republican Gladys Huber is also running as a Democrat to ensure there will be a primary. Arthur Kohl Riggs and Michael Mangan plan to run as Republicans. Independent Hari Trivedi also filed nomination papers.
Governor Walker also kicked off his campaign on Tuesday with stops across the state. At Services Plus on Green Bay's east side, the governor told supporters he is ready for the challenge.
“The interesting this for us in terms of opponents, the name on the ballot is not nearly as important as the amount of out of state money that is going to come from the big government unions out of Washington,” said Walker.
A primary for the governor recall is set for May 8. The general election will be held on June 5.
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