MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The list of democratic candidates for Wisconsin governor continues to grow.
Mahlon Mitchell is the latest Democrat to announce he's running in the race. He is the leader of the Wisconsin Firefighters Union. He previously ran as lieutenant governor during the 2012 recall. He announced his candidacy on Monday.
Former Democratic Party Chairman Matt Flynn launched his campaign as a democratic contender in October.
Current State Superintendent Tony Evers announced his candidacy in August. He was first elected as superintendent in 2009. He's running as a Democrat.
Current State Senator Kathleen Vinehout announced her run in September. She currently represents the Alma are a in western Wisconsin. She's running as a Democrat.
Another current state legislature, State Representative Dana Wachs announced his run in August. He currently represents the Eau Claire area. He's running as a Democrat.
Milwaukee business man Andy Gronik. Gronick worked as a business advisor for several years. He's running as a Democrat.
In May Independent Mike McCabe announced he would be running. Several months later he field as a Democrat. McCabe runs an nonpartisan advocacy group called Blue Jean Nation.
A Neenah native who lives in Madison announces her campaign in August. Michele Doolan. She's a small business owner. She's running as a Democrat.
Bob Harlow was one of the first to announce his run. He's a 25-year-old from the Barneveld area native. He's running as a democrat.
Jeff Rumbaugh is an advocate for disabled adults and adolescents in Dane County. He is running as a democrat.
Dave Heaster unsuccessfully ran for Congress against U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner in 2012. He's also running as a democrat.
Andrew Lust started a GoFundMe page to help raise campaign funds, so far he's received no donations. He's also running as a democrat.
Other democrats who are still exploring a bid include Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober; former state Rep. Brett Hulsey, of Madison; Jared Landry, a private investigator from La Farge who ran for state Senate in 2016 but lost in the primary to Democratic Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling; and Ramona Whiteaker, a photographer from Stoughton.
Several other Democrats are expected to announce their candidacy including Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.
On Nov. 5 Gov. Scott Walker announced he would be taking a shot at a third term in office
Mike Wagner, a UW-Madison political journalism professor, says a lot of democrats are running in the 2018 gubernatorial race because there is no face of the democratic party in Wisconsin.
"There's a lot for the democratic party to work out," says Wagner. "The Hillary and Bernie wings are still going at it."
There is only one other Republican taking on Gov. Walker in the primary. His name is Ryan Cason. He's from Solon Springs in northwestern Wisconsin. He's a Navy veteran. He announced his campaign in January.
Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson will also run for Governor in 2018. He previously ran a campaign for Senate in 2016. He is also the chair of the Wisconsin Libertarian Party.
The primary election for the gubernatorial race is on Aug. 14. The election is on Nov. 6.
A UW journalism professor that teaches courses on politics and journalism says so many candidates may be joining the race because a recent Marquette Law School poll showed Gov. Walker's approval ratings are below 50 percent.
"Governor Walker is uniquely vulnerable. His poll numbers have been underwater for roughly a year. He's more vulnerable then he's ever been in any other election, even when there was the recall, Governor Walker was more popular than he is right now," Professor Mike Wagner said.
"There is so much excitement on the Democratic side in politics across the nation and in Wisconsin and I think you see a lot of people jumping in the gubernatorial race because they know Scott Walker is vulnerable," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director, Melanie Conklin said.