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Businesswoman Mary Burke enters governor's race

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MADISON (WXOW) – There is now a challenger to Scott Walker for governor of Wisconsin.

Monday morning, Former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke has officially entered the race for governor.

Burke, a Democrat, is the daughter of Richard Burke who founded Trek Bicycle in 1976 in Waterloo. She worked for the company in a variety of capacities, including director of European operations, helping to start and oversee companies in seven countries.

The Harvard-educated former business executive left Trek in 2005, when former Governor Jim Doyle asked her to serve as Commerce Department secretary.  She held that title for two years. Burke is currently a Madison School Board member.

Democratic Senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma is still contemplating whether to run for governor. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris decided earlier this year he would not run for governor unless Vinehout and Burke decided not to run.

Republican Governor Scott Walker is seeking re-election in 2014 after winning the governor's office in 2010 and surviving a recall last year.

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