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, now is a good time to see who would be the best candidate to run. The possible candidates mentioned may or may not run in the recall race. The poll is a chance for people to voice their possible choice. More features may come as the next phases in the Walker/Kleefisch recall race become more definite. The order of the candidates is based on alphabetical last names, not as a preference. You can only vote once.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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