Gov. candidate McCabe holds rally in La Crosse

One of the many Democratic candidates hoping to challenge Gov. Scott Walker next fall is making an early tour across the state.

Mike McCabe met with local small business owners before holding a rally at the Concordia Ballroom in La Crosse on Monday night.

At the rally, he laid out his plans if he were elected, including expanding BadgerCare to cover anyone in the state and finding a way for students to go to college debt-free.

McCabe says he’s running for governor to give the power back to the people of the state and won’t be accepting large checks from corporate donors.

“We’ve got a political system that really works extraordinarily well for a wealthy and well-connected and privileged few, but it doesn’t work for regular people,” said McCabe. “Big donors are able to call the tune at the capitol and regular folks don’t have a voice, they don’t get real representation. That system has to be shaken up and transformed.”

McCabe is one of seven Democrats who have now officially entered the race for governor, including State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma, who announced she was joining the race on Monday.

A primary election will be held next August.

Governor Walker is expected to announce his plans to run again sometime in November.