Madison Mayor Paul Soglin officially announces candidacy for governor

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin officially announces candidacy for governor

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin officially announced Wednesday that he will be running for governor of Wisconsin.

Soglin, a Democrat, has long promised he would join the race sometime in January.

“Our great country and the State of Wisconsin were founded on the principle that our governments would provide for the general welfare – our health and safety through a fair system of taxation,” Soglin said in a release. “On the facade of the US Supreme Court are carved the words, ‘equal justice under law.’ Today we have a president and a governor who do not believe in those principles. They do not cherish our heritage and, in fact, they violate and undermine it every day.”

Soglin said he plans to create and support policies that are designed to improve the lives of every single Wisconsinite.

“This is a great state — a little chilly at times — but hard working and industrious,” Soglin said. “We need effective leadership, we need efficiency. And, above all, we need fairness. That is why I am running for governor and why I ask for the support of Wisconsinites all around this great state.”

Soglin is up for re-election as Madison mayor in April 2019. Soglin said he will announce later whether he plans to run for re-election.

Since first being elected mayor in 1973, Soglin has served on and off in the position for 20 years. Scott Walker is seeking his third term as governor.

Walker on Wednesday reacted to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s entry in the governor’s race by tweeting, “The last thing we need is more Madison in our lives.”

Soglin will join a crowded Democratic field seeking to run against Walker. Others already in the race include state Superintendent Tony Evers, former Democratic state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, state firefighter union leader Mahlon Mitchell, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, state Rep. Dana Wachs, Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik and activist Mike McCabe.

Soglin held a news conference Wednesday in Madison: