Wisconsin Democrat Mary Burke to run for governor

WiG

Former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke will run for governor in Wisconsin.

Burke, a Democrat, made the announcement in a Web video released on Oct. 7. She said, “I know that Wisconsin workers can compete with anyone in the world. That’s why when you look around at places like Minnesota, Indiana and Ohio, whose economies are creating more jobs than ours, you wonder what the heck’s going on?”

“Wisconsin ranks 45th out of 50 states in projected job growth. We’re fifth from the bottom. I’m running for governor because we can do better than that. A lot better. But to do it, we’ve got to make some real changes in Madison.”

At Trek, the company her father started in a barn in Waterloo, Burke led strategic planning and was director of European operations. She also has served as Wisconsin’s secretary of commerce.