LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Kathleen Falk stopped in La Crosse Wednesday.
The former Dane County Executive announced her candidacy for Governor the day after roughly 1 million recall petitions were turned in against Governor Scott Walker.
The state's Government Accountability Board is in the process of verifying those signatures.
Speaking to a packed room in the basement of La Crosse's Public Library, Falk touted her time as chief executive of Dane County.
She said she balanced the county's budget 14 years in a row, and added that she did so by negotiating with its nine major unions.
Falk said that gives her an edge in a potential recall match up against Governor Walker.
"Governor Walker has divided us instead of united us," Falk said.
"He's done it with the wrong choices. He gave big tax breaks for a few and then made the biggest cuts to education in our state's history," she added.
But Republicans said Falk and the Democrats should spend less time criticizing the Governor's policies and more time coming up with proposed alternatives.
"It's very easy to identify something you don't like, but then you have to come up with a solution," said Julian Bradley, of La Crosse County's Republican Party.
"If you're running for governor you should have a solution, not just a problem.," he said.
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