Paul Soglin has served as the Mayor of Madison three times, and now, he's after the highest office in Wisconsin: governor. He's one of eight Democrats competing to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 14.
WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke with Soglin during a campaign stop in Milwaukee.
Why are you running for governor?
Soglin: We need a governor who can balance the interests of working people against the needs of education, transporation, and the challenges of health care and doing it equitably throughout Wisconsin.
What are the top three issues facing Wisconsinites and how do you plan to address them?
Soglin: 1. The public school system is underfunded and I would increase taxes to pay for schools. I would reduce funding for corrections and refunnel that money into education.
2. Transportation — I would increase the gas tax to pay for road improvements.
3. Health care — I would establish community-based health facilities that are a combination of public and private ventures.
How do you differentiate yourself from the other candidates?
Soglin: I've dealt with all of these issues during my three stints as Madison mayor.
In what areas do you think you're vulnerable?
Soglin: I'm mayor of Madison and to some people, that's a turn off.