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Vinehout to test RF voter sentiment

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout will visit River Falls as she travels the state taking the measure of voter support for a 2018 run for governor.

In a field that is quickly filling up with candidates hoping to oppose Gov. Scott Walker in that election, Vinehout has not yet officially declared her candidacy, but has registered a campaign committee to raise money to explore that possibility.

The Democratic senator from Alma will be in River Falls from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, speaking at Veteran's Park. All are welcome to hear her talk. In case of rain, the talk will be moved to the Kinni View Deli, 127 North Main St.

The event is sponsored by RiseUp Western Wisconsin.

There will be plenty of time for questions at this free event.

Attendees will have a chance to meet Vinehout, 53, who represents Wisconsin's 31st Senate District in a mostly rural part of western Wisconsin, and to hear her tell how she found her voice in government.

Vinehout came to politics relatively late after spending 10 years running her family's 50-cow dairy farm near Alma. The decade before that she taught health services administration and women's studies programs at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

First elected to the Senate in 2006, Vinehout served four years as chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education. She is the vice-chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus and ranking member of the Joint Committee on Audit.

Vinehout held a Town Hall Meeting in River Falls on June 5 regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget. During the budget cycle, she traditionally issues an alternative state budget document: "Budgets are About Choices." That can be viewed on her website at: