Former Trek Bicycles exec considers bid for Wisconsin governor’s office

Former Trek executive Mary Burke may run as governor of Wisconsin, says the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

last month, a poll was conducted testing the viability of Mary Burke, a former state commerce secretary and former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive.

The poll was conducted around the same time an unknown person registered five Burke-themed Internet addresses, such as BurkeForWisconsin.com and BurkeForGovernor.com. None of the websites are active.

Burke, who was elected to the Madison School Board last year, has not responded to interview requests since the poll surfaced in June. Mike Tate, chairman of the state Democratic Party, issued a statement at the time saying Democrats were conducting polls for “several potential strong challengers” to Walker.

Burke would run against incumbent Scott Walker, who is known for boosting highway spending in his state while slashing other spending, including that for bicycle and pedestrian projects although the Wisconsin bicycle industry contributes $1.5 billion annually to the state economy.

Burke is a daughter of the late Richard Burke, founder of Trek Bicycles. She earned a finance degree from Georgetown and an MBA from Harvard, which she used to run Trek’s European operations before directing forecasting and planning for her father’s company.

Details in the Journal-Sentinel: Could former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke unseat Scott Walker?

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