Kelda Helen Roys

Former Democratic lawmaker Roys running for governor

Kelda Helen Roys, who worked in the private sector the past five years after a failed run for Congress following two terms in the state Assembly, is joining the crowded Democratic field for Wisconsin governor.

Roys told The Associated Press on Thursday that she's hiring staff and will formally launch her campaign early next year.

"At this point nobody is really paying attention to the governor's race except those of us who eat, breathe and sleep politics," she said.

Roys said her message in the governor's race will be that Republican Gov. Scott Walker must be replaced to make Wisconsin "a place of fairness and opportunity again."

"I can...