MADISON, Wis. -

It may not be the top of the ticket, but Wisconsin voters will also decide on June 5 whether there should be a new lieutenant governor.

In a typical gubernatorial election, the lieutenant governor would run on the same ticket as the governor. But due to recall laws, the two offices will be filled with separate votes.

Nevertheless, both candidates said it's important to elect a good partner in the statehouse.

Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is being challenged by Democrat Mahlon Mitchell, a firefighter from Fitchburg.

A newcomer to politics, Mitchell is not new to the fight.

"Last year, being part of the rallies, a lot of the protests and looking at a lot of the people hurting around the state has really changed my life," Mitchell said.

The lieutenant in the Madison Fire Department is now trying to take the lieutenant governor's job, claiming his lack of a political resume is an asset.

"I look at the experience that we have in office right now and I say, 'Well, what does that get you?'" Mitchell said. "Look where we are right now. We have a divided state. We have families that can't talk to families, neighbors that don't talk to neighbors."

But, fighting for her job, Kleefisch said she's proven she can focus on private-sector job creation.

"I stand behind the reforms that have saved taxpayers and the hardworking families of this state money," Kleefisch said.

Kleefisch said she and the governor can help create more jobs if given a chance.

"We knew more jobs would be created toward the end of those four years and here we're back on the ballot after a year and five months," Kleefisch said. "It's very hard to judge what's going to happen two-and-a-half years from now as we're sitting here today."

She said she has become the state's jobs ambassador, holding business roundtables and focusing on the skills gap.

"I meet with the job creators and workers and educational institutions and also government to find out what we're doing right, sometimes what we're doing wrong and oftentimes how we can get out of the way," Kleefisch said.

Mitchell said it simply isn't working.

"We have a governor who says we have an untrained workforce, and he takes a 30-percent cut from the tech college program -- it doesn't add up," Mitchell said.

Casting his vote Tuesday, Mitchell acknowledged that since he's running on a separate ticket, there could be a scenario in which he's working under a Republican governor.

"If that happened, that would be the people of the state of Wisconsin talking and that's why we have elections. But if they want us to serve in that capacity, I would do it; but it's not what's best for the state. We need Gov. Barrett in there, there's no doubt," Mitchell said.

Kleefisch said she doesn't see that happening and her team needs to stay together.

"I honestly have not thought about it, because I do not see a scenario where we end up with that situation," Kleefisch said. "I just don't think there will be that much of a crossover vote in this race."

The lieutenant governor's job carries no official duties. However, the lieutenant governor would take over if the governor dies, leaves office early or is incapacitated. The lieutenant governor basically gets to choose what to work on.

Kleefisch said she's focused on jobs and skills issues.

Mitchell said he'd be the governor's liaison to the community, talking to businesses and people about what's important to them and emphasizing job creation, education and poverty issues.

The lieutenant governor is technically in charge whenever the governor leaves the state. So in theory, if the governor is traveling, his rival could sign bills, issue executive orders or hand out pardons. The governor could undo most actions upon returning, although a pardon is irreversible.