April 13, 2011
Jessica King Announces Candidacy for State Senate
King Vows To Stand Up For Local Working Families
MADISON- Oshkosh City Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor Jessica King today announced her candidacy for the 18th State Senate district. King will run in the upcoming recall election against current State Senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac).
“Northeast Wisconsin needs a leader who will stand up and fight for working families,” said King. “Randy Hopper went to Madison and forgot who he was fighting for. He stopped listening to the people who elected him, and it's time for a change."
The recall of Senator Hopper was triggered after local volunteers and concerned citizens collected more than 22,500 signatures in less than 5 weeks, one of the fastest recall efforts in state history. Hopper has come under scrutiny for several reasons recently. Two months ago he voted to strip thousands of local workers of their rights in the workplace.
“It’s our job to stand up for the hard-working people who make Northeast Wisconsin a place we are proud to call home," continued King. "As your State Senator, I'll work day in and day out to create good local jobs, grow our small businesses, and protect the education and health care services we all rely on."
King, a small business owner and attorney in Oshkosh, was born and raised in the 18th Senate District. She learned to value hard work and responsibility from growing up in Fond du Lac and later attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. After law school, she returned home, starting her own small business in 2009.
In 2007, Jessica won election to the Oshkosh City Council and last year she was elected Deputy Mayor. King was praised by the Northwestern as a "Profile in Courage" for her willingness to stand up to special interests and fight for her constituents.
“We need a State Senator who will stand up and fight for the people they were elected to serve," concluded King. "And that's what I intend to do."