Hulsey announces run for governor

Hulsey would face Burke in Democratic primary
Hulsey announces run for governor

Democratic Assemblyman Brett Hulsey is running for governor, according to a news release issued Monday.

Hulsey said he has a plan to invest $1.2 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training, invest in public education and reverse tax increases and protect communities against strip mining. He said he would also create a state park out of an area in northern Wisconsin under consideration for an iron ore mine.

Hulsey said he would reverse pay cuts to government workers and strengthen workers’ rights.

Before spending four years in the State Assembly, Hulsey spent 14 years on the Dane County Board. He has worked with the Sierra Club 17 years and was an environmental policy adviser to the 1991 Clinton-Gore campaign. He runs an energy and environmental consulting business.

Hulsey, a Madison Democrat, is the fourth Democrat to declare a bid for governor. Mary Burke, Marcia Mercedes Perkins and Hariprasad Trivedi have declared their candidacies. Burke is widely viewed as the front runner among those three, however.

As far as running against Burke, Hulsey said he wants to give Democrats in Wisconsin another choice.

“I’m a regular working person. I make about what the typical Wisconsinite makes. I’m running against a rich millionaire, who’s clearly sort of out of touch with Wisconsin, and obviously Scott Walker is backed by billionaires. He’s sort of the lackey of the billionaires. So I’m kind of the regular person in this race,” Hulsey said.

A Burke campaign spokesman said Hulsey’s candidacy won’t change Burke’s strategy. A campaign spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker said Hulsey’s announcement doesn’t impact Walker’s campaign.

A primary election between the four candidates will be August 12.