JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Mary Burke is the Wisconsin Democratic Party's attempt to reboot after its worst losses in recent history.
She is challenging Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who swept to victory in 2010 and pushed a series of conservative policies through the Legislature — including one that stripped public employee unions of their collective bargaining powers.
Burke isn't replaying the union rights battle. A former bicycle company executive, she is campaigning as an experienced representative of the business world who can improve the state's economy. She is presenting a plan for increasing jobs in the state's key regions.
Walker maintains that he is already making steady economic progress and that Burke is a traditional liberal hiding behind a glossy business resume. Recent polls portray the race as a dead heat.