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Governor candidate excites River Falls crowd

Wisconsin Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Vinehout (seated, holding water bottle), is introduced to a River Falls crowd Sunday before speaking. Phil Pfuehler photo.

Democrat State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who has announced her bid to run for governor in the expected summer recall election, spoke before a large crowd in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library Sunday afternoon. Vinehout, a former dairy farmer and college professor from Alma, represents a chunk of the River Falls area in Pierce County.

In her speech Sunday, she called for a return of "mutual respect" in state politics and a "vision of prosperity that provides for the common good for all."

"We need a fresh start to heal the divisions," said Vinehout, 53, who added she tries to live life by Gandhi's adage: 'Be the change you want to see.'

She also referred to Republican-dominated legislation in 2011 as representing the "tyranny of a slight majority."

Kathleen Falk, a Madison Democrat, has also said she's running to unseat Gov. Scott Walker. Falk lost to Jim Doyle in the 2002 Democrat primary for governor.

Look for more on the Vinehout story in the Feb. 15 print edition of the River Falls Journal.