- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is headed to Washington, D.C., to speak at a Democratic National Committee event alongside Michelle Obama.

Burke is scheduled to speak Thursday at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum. The event is private and not open to press.

The only other speakers at Thursday’s welcome reception are Jill Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to appear at the event Friday, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The annual event is billed as a chance to bring together Democratic women candidates from around the country to provide them with information, contacts and support.

Burke is running against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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