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Recent Stanford University Graduate Running For Wisconsin Governor

Businessman Andy Gronik Says His Decision Will Be Made 'Fairly Soon'

Wisconsin State Capitol
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Recent Stanford University graduate Bob Harlow has returned to his native Wisconsin to mount a run for governor as a Democrat.

The 25-year-old told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he’s been traveling the state and raising money to spread the word about his candidacy. Harlow is the only declared candidate for governor, although many other Democrats are considering a bid.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is widely expected to seek a third term.

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Harlow’s platform includes installing a 200 mph high-speed train line that he said Minnesota and Illinois will help pay for and restoring union collective bargaining rights eliminated by Walker.

Harlow is working at his family’s woodworking business in Barneveld while he campaigns. Harlow ran for Congress in California last year and lost in the primary.

Milwaukee-area businessman Andy Gronik said he hopes to make a decision “fairly soon” on whether he will enter the 2018 race for governor as a Democrat.

Gronik said Tuesday he won’t decide within the next two weeks but it won’t be months either. Gronik is among several Democrats across the state deciding whether to mount a run against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is widely expected to seek a third term.

The 59-year-old Gronik is president of Stage W, a nonprofit that advocates for “out-of-the-box solutions to improve the quality of life in our state.”