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Monday, November 18, 2013

 10:25 AM 

Lehman to run for lt. guv

Dem state Sen. John Lehman announced today he will run for lt. guv next year rather than seek re-election to his Senate seat.

Lehman, D-Racine, lost his Senate seat in the 2010 GOP wave, but won it back two years later in the recall elections. The district has since been dramatically redrawn to have a heavy GOP lean, and Republican Van Wanggaard, who lost to Lehman in 2012, has already announced plans to run for the seat again, while fellow Republican Jonathan Steitz is running for the seat as well.

Lehman touted his win in the 2012 recalls "where voter turnout, organization and inspired volunteers were key" as evidence he knows how to win.

He also said he is "excited and encouraged" by the candidacy of Mary Burke for guv, while acknowledging others may get into the race. Fellow Dem state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout has been weighing a run.

“I have known Scott Walker and his extreme approach since our days together in the Assembly beginning in 1997. I know, as well as anyone, the need to defeat him," Lehman said in announcing his candidacy.

-- By JR Ross


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