Madison mayor to launch Walker challenge next week

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says he will be announcing next week that he's running for governor.

Soglin tells The Associated Press on Thursday he's hired a campaign manager and plans to get into the crowded Democratic primary ``barring unforeseen circumstances.''

Soglin has long promised he would join the race sometime in January. His hiring of a campaign manager with experience in previous statewide races shows he's serious about the governor's race

.Soglin is up for re-election as mayor in April 2019. Soglin says he will announce later whether he plans to run for re-election.

Soglin was first elected mayor in 1973 and has served on and off in the position for 20 years. Walker is seeking his third term as governor.

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