OSHKOSH - A challenger has stepped forward to run against State Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac, in a possible recall election.
Jessica King of Oshkosh announced Wednesday she will run as a Democrat. King is deputy mayor and a member of the Oshkosh City Council. She is also a small business owner and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
A group working to recall Hopper filed petitions to force the election with the state Government Accountability Board last Thursday. The GAB is working to verify the petitions; if enough valid signatures are found, an election would be scheduled six weeks later.
Hopper is one of eight Republican state senators targeted for recall after his vote in favor of a controversial bill limiting collective bargaining rights for most state employees. Eight Democrats are also targets of recall efforts for having left the state to stall a vote on the bill.
"Northeast Wisconsin needs a leader who will stand up and fight for working families," King said in a news release. "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."
"I'm confident the voters will choose to balance the state budget, focus on job growth and get our economy working again," Hopper said in a news release. "And I will continue fighting to protect families by reducing state spending and creating a government taxpayers can afford."
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