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NATIONAL BRIEFING : WISCONSIN : Mayor praised as hero will run for governor

November 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was hailed as a hero this summer for confronting a man wielding a metal bar, officially announced he is running for governor.

He has said that he deferred his decision until he was sufficiently recovered from the August attack at a state fair that left him with head and hand injuries. His decision was a relief for the Democratic Party after incumbent Gov. James E. Doyle decided not to seek a third term. The 55-year-old Barrett said he'll build his campaign around the issues of jobs, education and the economy.

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