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The four gubernatorial candidates prepare for final debate


For weeks all four gubernatorial candidates have hit the campaign trail. Talking to supporters about the issues they say are most important.

But, who are these four candidates? And what do they believe are the most important issues? They all agree, job creation is their top priority.

"Dane County had the highest growth of jobs in any county in WI," Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk said.

Falk is the longest serving executive in the county's history. She says her strong political past makes her the best choice for governor.

"I've got a track record here of bringing people together and that's what we need," Falk said.

But, current Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he has a better plan.

"I have a wealth of experience," Barrett said.

The current mayor says Wisconsin needs a governor focused on jobs, not ideology.

"I will work on creating jobs. I think the people realize that under Governor Walker we have seen the worst job loss in the nation," Barrett says.

And it is an issue many of the candidates agree on. Last week, Secretary of State Doug La Follette said in order to restore Wisconsin, we need to restore collective bargaining.

"My biggest concerns is that Mr. Walker has cut millions of dollars from the technical schools when there are young men and woman waiting to go to those schools and there are jobs waiting," La Follette said.

The former state senator says his political background and his experience serving 30 years as Secretary of State proves he can be the difference Wisconsin needs.

"I couldn't just stand by and let all these bad things happen. I needed to do something to get Wisconsin working again, and that's what I am doing," La Follette said.

But, current State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says health care and education are the main priorities.

"We need a governor who is going to respect the people and do the will of the people. We need that fresh start."

The final debate will take place Friday at 7: 00 p.m. at UW-Madison. It will be the last time all found candidates can battle it out, voicing their issues before the primary on Tuesday.

The winner will face Governor Walker in the general election June 5th.

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