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Mary Burke isn't only rich person seeking high office

Madison School Board member and former Trek Bicycle Executive Mary Burke.
Madison School Board member and former Trek Bicycle Executive Mary Burke.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Mary Burke is not the only wealthy person considering a run for her state's top office next year. 

Several others of both parties are hoping to do the same elsewhere. 

The Associated Press says 36 other states are just like Wisconsin, where one party controls the governor's office and the full Legislature, and the opposing party gets almost no chance to accomplish anything. 

In the Badger State, a lot of minority Democrats are looking to Burke -- a former executive for her family's Trek Bicycle Company -- to help provide a well-funded campaign to keep up with Republican Governor Scott Walker. 

In Illinois, Republican Bruce Rauner hopes to use his 30 years of experience in running a large private equity firm. He says that being an outsider makes him more honest about discussing the state's problems -- something his State Capitol needs more of. 

Former venture capitalist Tom Foley is expected to run for a second time as a Republican for Connecticut's governor.

Investment banker Scott Honour plans to challenge Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. And former hospital CEO Charlie Baker plans to run for governor in Massachusetts. 

They all have success stories to tell from the business world -- but some will face incredible odds, like Honour will in heavily-Democratic Minnesota.  

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