UPDATE: Gov. Scott Walker announces re-election bid

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MADISON, Wis. (AP, WEAU) -- "Rebecca and I are asking for four more years to serve as your governor," Governor Scott Walker said while officially announcing his re-election bid to serve a third term in office Sunday.

The governor made the announcement Sunday afternoon at Weldall Manufacturing Inc. in Waukesha. Walker says "we are moving Wisconsin forward, but there's work to be done cutting taxes, making college more affordable, fighting opioid abuse and putting people to work."

The governor plans more than a dozen similar re-election events over the next three days to rally supporters, while hundreds of protesters rallied outside of Walker's event today.

On the other side of the ticket, more than a dozen democrats are either running or thinking of taking on Walker for the November 2018 election.

As Walker laid out his campaign this afternoon, GOP leaders expressed excitement over the announcement, and two local democratic gubernatorial candidates explained *their* plans for the upcoming election.

“Moving Wisconsin forward” are words Walker repeated throughout his announcement for re-election Sunday afternoon.

At the same time, area democrats are aiming to take the state in a new direction as the gubernatorial race heats up.

"That's right! 4 more years. 4 more years to keep moving this state forward," Walker exclaimed.

The choice to announce his re-election bid at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha was no coincidence as Walker talked job creation.

"We are moving Wisconsin forward. Think about it, we now have more people employed in this state than we've ever had in the history of the State of Wisconsin. We are moving Wisconsin forward.

For Eau Claire Democratic gubernatorial candidate, State Representative Dana Wachs, the location was not telling for walker's work.

“He has not done much for the middle class and for blue collar workers. In fact, if anything, he's hurt them because he's basically put in place a rush to the bottom in terms of what people earn in Wisconsin,” Wachs said about Walker.

Brian Westrate, Chairman of Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District Republican Party, says the economy has been the focus of the Walker administration the last eight years.

“I think job creation has been a hallmark of the last eight years of his administration. You've got what - the lowest unemployment rate in the state in 17 years right now and near record low unemployment,” Westrate said.

But for local democratic gubernatorial candidate, State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, she says past numbers shouldn't be the focus.

“There will be plenty of time to debate the governor's numbers. The governor wants to talk about the past, but elections are really about the future; they are about what our vision is and where the people want to go,” Vinehout said.

Sunday, both Vinehout and Wachs discussed people first policies.

“I am running for governor to put people first, people as the center of state policy, the top priority when it comes to spending state dollars,” Vinehout said.

“Right now, the only policy in Madison is for uber-wealthy and powerful, wealthy special interest groups; those are the groups that have Scott Walker’s ear. We need to turn that around. We're going to invest in people,” Wachs said.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is calling for an "army of grass-roots volunteers" to combat what he says will be a coordinated attack against his re-election campaign by "big government" Washington-based special interests.

Walker officially kicked off his re-election effort with a rally Sunday before a couple hundred backers at a factory outside of Milwaukee.

Walker says "we are moving Wisconsin forward" but there's work to be done cutting taxes, making college more affordable, fighting opioid abuse and putting people to work.

More than a dozen Democrats are either running or thinking of taking on Walker for the November 2018 election.

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside of Walker's event. He plans more than a dozen similar events over the next three days.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the site of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign re-election rally, while his supporters inside say they're excited he's seeking a third term.

Walker was set to officially launch his campaign Sunday at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Dozens of his supporters, current office holders and candidates are on the factory floor while protesters largely organized by the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera are outside.

Twenty-year-old college student Joe Blaszcynski says he's looking forward to voting for Walker for the first time in 2018. He says he likes Walker because "he's a family man first" and an "up-front individual."

Walker backer Dick Fleissner says he's been a supporter for a long time because Walker "does what he believes is the right thing to do."

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his campaign for a third term will focus on proposals to ensure everyone in the state shares in economic prosperity.

Walker planned to launch his re-election campaign Sunday at a factory outside of Milwaukee. Walker tells The Associated Press in a Saturday interview his campaign themes will be focused on his plans for improving the economy, raising incomes, bettering schools and cutting taxes, with details to come.

Walker's Democratic opponent will be decided in an August primary. More than a dozen are either running or considering it.

Wisconsin Democratic Party chairwoman Martha Laning says no matter the candidate, Democrats will run and win on a message that Republicans have ignored working-class people to benefit the wealthy and special interests.

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