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Wisconsin legislator announces run for governor

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - -

A Democratic legislator from northwestern Wisconsin says he'll challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year.

Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire announced Monday that he will enter the race. Two other Democrats - Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik and political newcomer Bob Harlow - have already announced their candidacies.

Other Democrats who have registered campaign committees but not yet committed to running include state Superintendent Tony Evers, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and political activist Mike McCabe. Former Democratic state Rep. Brett Hulsey registered a campaign committee for a potential second run for governor on Thursday.

The 59-year-old Wachs holds a law degree from Valparaiso University and served three years on the Eau Claire City Council. He was elected to the Assembly in 2012 and currently sits on the chamber's university, judiciary and transportation committees.

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