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Falk announces she's running against Walker

Former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk announced this morning that she will run for governor in a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker.

Falk made the announcement in an email message to supporters.

"One million Wisconsinites signed recall petitions in an unprecedented and inspiring show of solidarity and determination: Things are not working here and we must, we can, and we will do better," Falk wrote.

She won election four times as county executive in Dane County. She was the first woman elected Dane County executive (1997).

In her email, Falk wrote, "As your governor, I will make different choices than Scott Walker. I know Wisconsin is a place where we can have good paying jobs...a clean environment...successful schools affordable health care. We can have workers and management talking and working together to solve tough problems.

"I know we can because I did it for more than a decade as a chief executive, and I know we can do it again. The people of Wisconsin have done a brave thing: demanded change. And together we will continue to make history."

Friends of Scott Walker communications director Ciara Matthews responded with a statement emailed to the media.

"Kathleen Falk's announcement today comes as no surprise as we have long anticipated she would be the nominee hand-picked by big-government, public-employee union bosses," wrote Matthews.

"Falk has already lost two statewide elections, failing to earn the trust of Wisconsin voters," said Matthews. "Gov. Walker's record of success and progress will stand in stark contrast to Falk's intent to take Wisconsin back to the days of record job loss, massive deficits and double digit tax increases.

"Falk's record as Dane County executive falls in lockstep with a Madison liberal ideology that is far outside the mainstream of the majority of Wisconsinites."

Falk was born in Milwaukee, grew up in Waukesha County and lives in Madison. She earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Stanford University in 1973 and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1976.

She is also a graduate of Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. Falk is married to former Democratic assemblyman Peter Bock. She has one son, Eric Phillips.

Falk has received dozens of awards and recognitions from environmental groups, business interests, women's organizations, LGBT and equality advocates, advocates for the disabled, conservation groups, the American Legion and domestic violence support groups.

Her website is