Wisconsin's partisan primary is Aug. 14 and the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls are fine tuning their talking points. Eight Democratic candidates will be on the ballot, all hoping to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.
Today, we meet former state Rep. Kelda Roys of Madison. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson caught up with Roys at a campaign event in Wauwatosa.
Why are you running for governor?
Roys: I want to restore opportunity and fairness to Wisconsin.
What are the top three issues facing Wisconsinites and how do you plan to address them?
Roys: 1. Public education — We need to make sure public dollars are invested in public education only and that we stop funding private schools with our public funds.
2. Health care — We need to expand access to health care so that all Wisconsinites are covered.
3. Economy — I think that we can grow a strong and vibrant economy by investing in small businesses.
How do you differentiate yourself from the other candidates?
Roys: In my previous work as a state legislator, I have a record of turning big ideas into real results.
In what areas do you think you're vulnerable?
Roys: I was head of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin at one time and some people may question whether somebody who carried the flag for a reproductive rights organization can win statewide, but Wisconsin is a pro-choice state.