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Eight Democrats on the Aug. 14 primary ballot want to be governor

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -

The eight Democratic candidates looking to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker come from all walks of life. 

From an attorney to a Navy veteran to a firefighter to the mayor of the state capital city, each candidate has their own background and points of emphasis in their quests to obtain the top spot in Madison. One will win the Aug. 14 primary and the nomination to challenge Walker, who is seeking a third term, in November.

Tony Evers, who currently leads in the polls, serves as the state's Superintendent of Schools. Evers wants to give more money to public and tech schools, as well as the UW system. On the healthcare side, he wants to accept medicaid dollars and give funding back to Planned Parenthood. 

Paul Soglin, the mayor of Madison, is a political veteran - just not statewide. Some of his big stances include reversing Act 10, which took collective bargaining rights away from most public employees, raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour, embracing the Affordable Care Act and increasing public transportation.

Kathleen Vinehout is a state senator for the 31st District in western Wisconsin. She has similar educational views to Evers and Soglin, and also wants to increase mental health treatment and create a Wisconsin-based healthcare marketplace. 

Kelda Roys, who was born in Marshfield, is a former state representative. She's currently the CEO of a real estate startup. Roys' platform includes making BadgerCare a public health care option. It's now only available to the poor, elderly and disabled. 

Josh Pade, a Kenosha attorney, wants tax reform for the middle class, more money for grades K-12, higher wages for teachers and an entrepreneurship initiative to help small businesses. 

Longtime government watchdog Mike McCabe is from Clark County. McCabe is pushing for a "pay as we pave" road-funding approach, more access to health care and fully-accessible, high-speed internet in five years.

Mahlon Mitchell is a Madison firefighter and president of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin. His priorities are the economy, education and healthcare, with plans to raise the minimum wage, reduce student loan debt and expand medicaid.

Rounding out the field is Matt Flynn, a Navy veteran and former state chair for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Flynn is pushing to accept federal funds for road construction, reverse Act 10 and make BadgerCare available for all Wisconsinites. 

On Wednesday, you can hear all eight candidates directly in a live-streamed forum at https://www.facebook.com/IsthmusMadison/.

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