Possible Democratic candidates to run in 2012 Recall Races for Governor (Poll)

With the recall election as a real possibility against Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, four Democrats have decided to run in the May 8 primary. So far, it’s Tom Barrett, Kathleen Falk, Kathleen Vinehout and Doug LaFollette. A new page is being developed with the latest information.

The poll on his page is a chance for people to voice their possible choice. The order of the candidates is based on alphabetical last names, not as a preference.

There was an original poll here where Russ Feingold had overwhelming support and chances are that support for his candidacy has be reflected again in this poll. Perhaps a movement to draft him to run will change his current statements that he didn’t want to run in a recall election. There certainly are some other candidates in this poll that could beat Scott Walker in a recall election, even with millions of out-of-state contributors flooding Wisconsin with negative, deceitful campaigns hellbent to rescue Walker from himself. The poll was reset due to Kathleen Vinehout announcing her candidacy.

Peter Barca

Peter Barca is a State Representative for the 64th District in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He is a lifelong resident of the Kenosha area. Barca has served as a State Representative on two separate occasions from 1985–1993, and 2009–present. He also served as a member of the U.S. Congress between 1993–1995, and the Midwest Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. After a landslide victory in his re-election campaign in 2010, Rep. Barca was elected by his colleagues to serve as Assembly Democratic Leader in the 100th Wisconsin Legislative Session.

Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett is Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving since 2004. He ran for Governor of Wisconsin in November 2010, losing by a margin of 52 percent to 47 percent to Republican Scott Walker. Previously, Barrett served in the United States House of Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 5th congressional district from 1993 to 2003. He began his political career serving first in the Wisconsin State Assembly beginning in 1984, then in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1989 to 1993.
UPDATE: Barrett has declared his candidacy to run in the recall race.

Timothy Cullen

Timothy Cullen is a Wisconsin Senator representing the 15th District since 2011, and previously from 1975 through 1989. Cullen first represented the 15th district in the Wisconsin Senate from 1975 until 1989. He was Majority Leader 1981, 1983 and 1985. On November 2, 2010, he was again elected to represent the 15th district. STATUS: DROPPED OUT

Jon Erpenbach

Jon Erpenbach is a Wisconsin Senator representing the 27th district since 1999. Erpenbach was first elected to the state senate in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He served as the Democratic Minority Leader from 2003 to 2005.

Kathleen Falk

Kathleen Falk was the County Executive of Dane County, Wisconsin, serving from 1997 until 2011. In 2006, she was the Democratic Party nominee for the office of Attorney General of Wisconsin. She was an Assistant Attorney General and Public Intervenor in the Wisconsin Department of Justice from 1983 to 1997.

UPDATE: Kathleen Falk is officially running for governor.

Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold served as a U.S. Senator from 1993 to 2011. From 1983 to 1993 and was a Wisconsin State Senator representing the 27th District. In 2010, Feingold lost his campaign for re-election to the US Senate to Republican Ron Johnson. He has stated he will not run for governor, but there is a grassroots effort to draft him to run.

Ron Kind

A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Ron Kind has represented the people of western Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District since 1996. Ron is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Medicare, Social Security, and international trade. He serves on the Subcommittee on Health, and since becoming a member in 2007, Ron has focused his work primarily on that of issues relating to small business, specifically their health care challenges. Ron also serves on the Subcommittee on Oversight.

Mahlon Mitchell

Mahlon Mitchell is the current President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. Assuming the office January 2011, he became the first-ever African American president for the organization In addition to serving as the President of the PFFW, he still has a host of other commitments including being the president of the “Sable Flames,” the African American firefighters of the City of Madison Fire Department.
UPDATE: Mahlon Mitchell is now running for Lt. Governor.

Dave Obey

Dave Obey is the former U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district, serving 21 consecutive terms from 1969 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and served as Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations from 1994 to 1995 and again from 2007-2011.

Kathleen Vinehout

Kathleen Vinehout was elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2006, succeeding Republican Incumbent Ron Brown. In her first term, Vinehout chaired the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education and served as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Audit. Kathleen also served in a leadership position as Vice-chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Senator Vinehout also served as a member of the following Senate Committees; Economic Development; Children, Families and Work Force Development; Public Health, Senior Issues, Long Term Care and Job Creation.

Update: Kathleen Vinehout is officially running for Governor.

Doug LaFollette

Doug LaFollette is an American academic, environmental activist, and politician from the state of Wisconsin. He is the current Secretary of State of Wisconsin. La Follette was elected Secretary of State of Wisconsin in 1974. He unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin on a ticket with Governor Martin Schreiber in 1978. In 1982, he was again elected Secretary of State, defeating incumbent Vel Phillips. La Follette has been the Secretary of State of Wisconsin ever since.

Update: Doug LaFollette is officially running for Governor.

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Note: Descriptions of candidates are from Wikipedia. Links to each candidate go to the source.