Mary Burke Talks Education and Jobs in Northwestern Wisconsin

Posted at: 10/27/2013 8:02 PM
Updated at: 10/27/2013 10:39 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

With this year's election around the corner, it may seem too early to be talking about 2014, but a candidate for Governor was in northwestern Wisconsin Sunday doing just that.

"She will be a terrific Governor," Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch said. "She will be a terrific candidate. She will be our next Governor."

Jauch is talking about former Trek Bicycle Executive Mary Burke who is hoping to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2014.

Burke spoke with community members at Shamrock Pizza Sunday focusing on two major points, education and job growth.

"I bring the same type of approach whether it's jobs or whether it's education," Burke said. "Let's solve our problems. Let's put the politics aside and that's how we are going to move forward."

Burke said she doesn't support Wisconsin's school voucher expansion.

"It's draining resources from public schools and putting them into private schools without any accountability," Burke said.

Burke also said she would not have passed Act 10 which changed collective bargaining for public employees.

Members with the Douglas County Republican Party said those two things benefit the state.

"I was a public school teacher for 25 years here in the school district of Superior, and Act 10 saved the school district a lot of money," Craig Rosand said. "What voucher programs allow, and they are very limited in nature, is for parents to make the best choices for their own children."

Rosand said Governor Scott Walker has solved huge budget problems.

"I think a vote for Mary Burke is a vote to take Wisconsin backward," Rosand said.

Some people at Shamrock Pizza Sunday disagreed.

"She's young and she has so much intelligence," Dr. John Lange said. "She doesn't owe her soul to the world like Walker does...I think it's refreshing to have someone that's not under anyone's influence."

Burke also visited Ashland and Bayfield Sunday. For more background on her, you can head to her Web site.