Alma- Senator Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, a former dairy farmer and college professor, today announced she will run for Governor in this year’s upcoming recall election.
“We need a fresh start and a new attitude in Wisconsin politics and government,” Vinehout said. “I have the experience and temperament necessary to lead.”
“We need a governor who will lead with self restraint; who will be clear and open about her intentions; who will respect Wisconsin’s traditions of good government; who supports and takes pride in our schools; who values the skills workers bring to their jobs. We need a governor who wants to solve problems, not score political points,” said Vinehout. “I pledge to be that kind of governor.”
Vinehout, 53, was elected to the state Senate five years ago from a largely rural district in western Wisconsin.
Vinehout has been a passionate advocate of affordable health insurance and fair funding of schools. In her work on Joint Committee on Audit she oversaw audits that uncovered the overuse of expensive contractors; problems with accountability and transparency in state programs; unbudgeted expenses and rising state debt.
Vinehout has a background in education, agriculture and health care. She taught health administration for 10 years and spent another decade operating the family dairy farm. While farming, Vinehout received many quality milk awards and was elected president of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association in Buffalo County.
Vinehout resides on the farm with her family. The farm is now certified organic and produces hay and grain.