UPDATE: Race for Governor: Ron Kind Will Not Run

UPDATED Friday, September 25, 2009 --- 11:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle says even though U.S. Rep. Ron Kind has decided not to run for governor, Democrats will field a strong candidate next year.

The only announced Democratic candidate so far is Doyle's Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton. Doyle and Lawton do not have a strong working or personal relationship.

Doyle did not praise Lawton when asked whether he thinks Democrats will have a good candidate next year. Doyle did praise Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who is considering a run.

Doyle says he's talked several times with Barrett about the race, but whether he runs will be up to the mayor.

Kind surprised many with his announcement on Thursday that he was not going to run for governor.

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UPDATED Thursday, September 24, 2009 --- 1:15 p.m.

Rep. Ron Kind Statement on his Candidacy for Governor

La Crosse, Wis. - Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today made the following announcement regarding the 2010 Wisconsin Gubernatorial race.

“Over the last month, people from across Wisconsin have reached out and encouraged me to run for Governor.

“My family and I appreciate this encouragement and want to thank everyone for their faith in me and my ability to lead our state. They know, as I do, that it will take a strong leader to get the job done, so the outpouring of support for my candidacy has been humbling.

“Having grown up in Wisconsin and caring passionately about the future of our state, I know the challenge of getting Wisconsin back to work is a big one. I’ve given this serious consideration. It was a hard decision for both me and my family. But my first responsibility must be to get affordable and accessible health care reform passed this year for all Wisconsin families. That is why I cannot run for Governor. I have a responsibility and duty to the people of Wisconsin to continue work on the health care reform agenda ahead of us.

“In Wisconsin, 230 people lose their health care coverage every day, 57,000 people in western Wisconsin do not have health insurance at all. Reducing the cost and increasing the accessibility of health care is critical for every Wisconsin family. My work on the health care debate cannot get done from the campaign trail. That is why I am going to stay on the job, working to get health care reform done right.

“I would like to thank people from across Wisconsin for their support, it is greatly appreciated."

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UPDATED Thursday, September 24, 2009 --- 10:00 a.m.

By SCOTT BAUER
Associated Press Writer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A person who was informed of the decision tells The Associated Press that Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind will not run for governor.

The person was not authorized to announce it before Kind's 1:10 p.m. news conference call on Thursday.

Kind has been making the rounds across Wisconsin in recent weeks meeting with Democratic party leaders and others to discuss a potential run. He is expected to run for re-election to Congress.

Kind's campaign spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is also considering a run for governor as a Democrat. His campaign office did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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UPDATED Thursday, September 24, 2009 --- 9:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind planned to make what he called an "important announcement" on Thursday.

Kind has been mulling a run for governor next year.

Kind has been making the rounds across Wisconsin in recent weeks meeting with Democratic party leaders and others to discuss a potential run.

The only announced Democratic candidate currently is Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is among other Democrats considering a run.

The governor's race is wide open in 2010 for the first time in 28 years since incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle decided against seeking a third term.

Republicans already in the race include Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

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Posted Monday, August 3, 2009 --- 2:05 p.m.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- State Sen. Dan Kapanke has officially announced he will run for Congress.

Kapanke, a La Crosse Republican, will challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, a La Crosse Democrat, in November.

Kapanke, who also owns the La Crosse Loggers baseball team, issued a statement saying Congress is spending "trillions" on economic stimulus programs that aren't working. He says he also wants to bring more transparency to how Congress spends tax dollars.

Kind has served in Congress since 1996. His campaign spokesman, Matt Ullsvik, declined comment.

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