Thursday, October 3, 2013

Better know a politician: May Burke

Name: Mary Burke

Political Party: Democratic (D)

Current position: Member, Madison School Board

Tenure: 2012-present

Previous position: Executive, Trek Bicycle Corporation
Secretary of Commerce, Wisconsin

Future position: There has been speculation that Burke will be running in 2014 for the Democratic nomination for the 2014 gubernatorial race in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Democrats hoped to only have one candidate for 2014 to avoid a primary. A poll surfaced showing how Burke would fare against Walker in 2014.

Polling results:
Public Policy Polling, September 17, 2013

Favorable: 18%
Unfavorable: 21%
Not sure: 61%

Scott Walker: 48%
Mary Burke: 42%
Not sure: 10%


  • Might support charter schools; proposal to give $2.5 million to Madison Prep
  • Supported a proposal to cut spending at Madison Public Schools including cutting workers' hours
  • Signed the petition to recall Walker
  • Opposes a plan to raise property taxes in her school board district and keep property tax consistent with inflation

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