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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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King says results show voters ready to "take back their government"

Jessica King said her resounding victory in the Dem primary is a rejection of the “dirty politics” employed by Republicans, who fielded fake Democrats to stall recall elections.

"I think the takeaway is that citizens in this district got the chance to do something positive," King said. "For the past six months they've felt like they have a government that is no longer listening to them … now we’re seeing (voters) first opportunity to stand up and take back their government."

King defeated John Buckstaff 61-39 percent. She will now face off against Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac, in the Aug. 9 general election.

King, an attorney and the deputy mayor of Oshkosh, ran against Hopper in 2008, losing by less than 200 votes.

King said she will focus on Hopper’s support for Gov. Scott Walker’s budget and the “overreach” that includes giving the guv more political appointees.

“He’s been carrying the governor’s agenda,” she said of Hopper.

King said she will debate Hopper on July 18 at an event set up by the League of Women Voters at Oshkosh City Hall.

-- By Greg Bump

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