APPLETON - Are political tides changing in Wisconsin? The 2014 governor's race is already being talked about.
There have been three potential Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican Scott Walker mentioned by themselves or others.
But one says he'll stay out of the race for now believing the state Democratic Party is already pushing another candidate.
So does that mean party leaders want to take the decision making of who's to be the party nominee away from individual voters?
When voters go to the polls next August, there may not be many choices on the ballot for Democratic nominee for governor. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris has decided not to run. That currently leaves only two candidates who say they may run: Former Trek Bicycle Executive and Madison School Board member Mary Burke and State Senator Kathleen Vinehout.
Some voters say they'll be disappointed if there is only one choice on the ballot.
"I feel like they should have that strong voice and stand up and be like we speak for the people and not just for the money," said Karen Nagel of Appleton.
Earlier this week, State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said should she run, Burke would "be an instant frontrunner and potentially clear the field." Seemingly putting the support of the party behind her.
Republicans responded to Harris' announcement saying, "It's no surprise that Mark Harris was talked out of running; Democratic Party bosses long ago handpicked Mary Burke, a staunch advocate for the failed policies of the past."
"I think it is bad for democracy when you have fewer candidates," said UW-Oshkosh Political Science Professor David Siemers.
Siemers says having parties handpick candidates is a bad precedent to set.
"I believe that having multiple candidates kind of test their ideas is kind of the traditional way and that is kind of a benefit to voters because it gives them information well before the general election."
Tate said Friday, "It is my hope that Mark will continue to be a part of the conversation throughout this campaign."
Harris said he may still enter the race to take on Governor Scott Walker if Burke and Vinehout do not. It's also possible other candidates could enter over the next year. It's something at least some voters like Nagel want to see.
"So that people can choose."
Neither Burke nor Vinehout have officially declared their candidacy as of yet.
Burke has not said when she will decide.
Vinehout has said she will decide sometime next year.
So far, no Republicans have publicly said they would challenge Governor Walker in the primary.
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