MADISON, Wis. -

Longtime Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette plans to file paperwork on Thursday that would allow him to run for governor if a recall election is ordered against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

La Follette said Wednesday he still hasn't decided whether he will actually get into the race. But he said he wants to create a campaign committee so he can better gauge interest in him running and better determine if he would be a strong candidate.

Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout have announced they are running.

In an interview last month, La Follette said that he didn't "need" to be governor, but would run if polling showed he could potentially beat Walker in a recall election.

La Follette is the only Democrat currently in statewide office, which he said gives him name recognition and an advantage over others. The 71-year-old was first elected secretary of state in 1974. He was elected to the post again in 1982 and has held it ever since.

He is a distant relative of "Fighting" Bob La Follette, a former governor, U.S. senator and congressman.