MADISON – Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following the news that Tea Party activist Kim Simac has announced her candidacy for the 12th Senate District.

"Kim Simac puts the radical agenda of the politicians in Madison ahead of the people of the Northwoods, and promises more of the same divisive policies that hurt working and middle class families.  Jim Holperin will continue to fight for jobs and stand up for our shared Wisconsin values; Kim Simac only stands for rabid partisanship that divides Wisconsin."