WAUPUN - There will be two names on the ballot in the District 18 Democratic primary to determine who will face Republican Randy Hopper, but Jessica King is the only candidate running a campaign in the primary election.

King's opponent has refused to return phone calls, has not responded to media requests and has not participated in any forums or public meetings.

King, Oshkosh, was defeated by less than 200 votes in the 2008 election against Hopper of Fond du Lac. Hopper is the subject of a recall election effort launched after the Republican-led legislature passed public union restrictions this spring.

King served on the city council and recently retired as the Oshkosh deputy mayor.

She was born and raised in Fond du Lac County, likes to be outdoors near the lake and said she loves spending time with her family.

King said politically, she wants to focus on straightforward government and get away from sound bites.

She said she believes average citizens should be allowed input on policies and should be made aware of decisions.

She said she wants to get back to the basics of democracy.

King said policy makers should be focusing on budgeting for Wisconsin values and promoting policies that support a living wage for working families.

She said it is important that state government listen to input from local communities. Currently, state government has high expectations for local communities and doesn't always provide the ability or funding to perform the mandates they hand down.

King said she believes in respecting local communities.

King's opponent on the Tuesday ballot is Buckstaff, Oshkosh. Buckstaff has not returned phone messages.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Buckstaff as a "protest" Democrat. The Sentinel reported that Buckstaff issued an earlier statement to the Oshkosh Northwestern reading, in part, "After watching the protest in Madison led by the unions and Democratic Party, I have decided to run as a protest candidate against Jessica King in the Democratic primary. I make no apologies for this action as I view the recall of Senator Hopper as wrong."

King said her campaign has tried to contact Buckstaff without success as well.

"I haven't heard anything from his campaign," King said. "He hasn't been responsive to any of the forums. He hasn't responded about debates or anything."

With the election days away, she said there likely will not be other opportunities to reach out to him before the primary.

tpruett@capitalnewspapers.com

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mountainman3264
mountainman3264

John Buckstaff is a phony, a non-Democrat and frequent contributor to Republicans. His candidacy forcing a primary election, along with 5 other Republicans running against Democrats who are trying to recall incumbents Republicans, is a stalling device to give the GOP incumbents more time to launch their campaigns. No doubt, he will get votes from Tea-Baggers whose total contribution to democracy is mischief.

201bdwi
201bdwi

Sad. These fake candidates are costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars for the unnecessary primaries. And the republicans are worried about the cost of government?? I don't think so.

Freddy
Freddy

I agree. The energy on the ground is amazing. The Repubs are very nervous.

BeaverDamageINC
BeaverDamageINC

Thirded... but what you need to rememeber is Republicans only opposed government spending that does not benefit them. Money for elections of fake candidates? If it helps get Republicans elected, OK! Cushy government jobs for daddy and political contributors, OK! Huge per diem claims, OK! Yeah these are the guys I trust to spend money wisely.

Knight
Knight

Let's see. An unnecessary recount for the State SC cost us how much? Don't complain about costs.
Beyond that, liberals have been caught running fake tea party candidates trying to split the vote for conservative candidates. They had no reason other than they wanted to win.
This was done to give conservatives more time to campaign since they were actually WORKING on the state budget and the GAB rammed this through. The left doesn't understand staying and working. They like fleeing.
Clean up your own back yard before you condemn everyone else.

201bdwi
201bdwi

knight: you talk about ramming something through - that is exactly what the republicans tried to do from the very start with the budget bill. The only way it was possible to slow it down and have some discussion on it was by doing what the Fab 14 did - they had to leave the state so that the public could find out what the bill was about. The republicans wanted it rammed through in 3-4 days with no debate. It's false to state that the republicans stayed and worked. Seriously, it's not really work to just rubber stamp what scott walker wants who in turn is just rubber stamping what the koch brothers tell him to do. The ones who really did the "work" in seeing that the citizens understood what this bill was all about was the democrats.

201bdwi
201bdwi

knight: give some examples of when liberals ran phony candidates that caused extra elections at extra costs to taxpayers. I don't remember any.

Knight
Knight

201:
When Doyle and cohorts rammed through the last budget 2 years ago, it was a disaster. Doyle used stimulus money to buy time and kicked the can down the road for the next Governor to deal with. Why do you think Doyle didn't run again? He knew he didn't have a snowballs chance of getting reelected.
The Republicans knew that budget was a disaster. Did they run? No. Did they encourage fools to flood the Capitol and make like a living hell for their opponents? No. They accepted the fact that ONCE AGAIN the left was spending our money in insane amounts and they knew the only way to change it was to take back control at the next election, and they did. THAT is how it's done.
You talk about rubber stamping? Why don't you form an original argument instead of spitting out what you heard on MSDNC.
The 14 are not "Fab" anything. They are cowards and are now attempting to overturn a valid election. The left said in 08 that elections have consequences. That only applies when lefties win.

Knight
Knight

201:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/us/politics/23dems.html

The left invented the idea of running fake candidates. Now they complain about it being done to them. But there are some huge differences. The fake candidates are not raising money or even campaigning. They are on the ballot to force a primary to give precious time.
When the left did this last year, their fake candidates where actually campaigning to take votes away from conservatives.
The story above is from the NY Times, a notoriously liberal rag.

201bdwi
201bdwi

knight: You sound angry and incoherent, and you make no sense. You do not understand the concept of democracy. The democrats have never rammed anything through the way the republicans have this session; never in the history of this state has anything like this happened. You call names without any basis for it, other than your anger. You make accusations with nothing but your ranting to back it up. Again, I ask you, why won't you give examples of when the dems ran phony candidates that cost this state hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary and phony elections? I think the reason you won't do this is because you can't. You make these kinds of statements with nothing to back it up. As far as the Fab 14 leaving the state to force discussion of the issues, that is not cowardice. It took moral strength and moral integrity to do that. You should thank the Fab 14. That is what democracy is. GOP wanting to pass legislation without true debate - that is not what democracy is.

Knight
Knight

201:
So I answer and provide what you ask, and you say I am angry and incoherent? And I gave you the NY Times piece and now you narrow it down to Wisconsin candidates. Never enough. I understand democracy perfectly. The dems rammed through a budget that republicans were powerless to stop. DEMOCRACY is fighting back the next election. Remember Obama said elections have consequences?
And again, you want to regurgitate MSDNC talking points, go right ahead, but it doesn't make it true. Let's say for arguments sake they really did leave to force discussion. That excuse may have been valid for a few days. They got a TV audience to plead their case. They stayed away far longer. It wasn't to force discussion. They hijacked our democracy. And it keeps happening. SC recount. Kloppenburg ahead by 210 UNofficial votes declares victory. OFFICIAL count has her down by 7,000, demand a recount. Yelling SHAME, Gordon Hintz telling a Republican female "you're ******* dead. Great group...of morons.

201bdwi
201bdwi

knight: Still with the angry rants and name calling. When logic and truth do not work, that is what you resort to. You still refuse to give examples of your phony candidate accusation. If you can't be truthful in your posts, you should stop. You sound too much like so many of the unethical, uninformed, and dishonest politicians running our state now. And again, you demonstrate that you don't truly understand democracy when you criticize the legitimate and open methods of protest and debate that the democrats and their supporter have used. You should realize that the democrats and especially the Fab 14 are trying to protect your rights and freedoms from the wealthy and corrupt and you should contact them and thank them.

Knight
Knight

201:
Now you are making yourself look ridiculous. How many times must I provide a link to the NY Times site? I will again. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/us/politics/23dems.html

Your arguments about logic and truth apply completely to you. I provided honest answers to your questions. I provided the link to the very liberal NY Times piece that showed Democrats running fake candidates in 2010 to try and hold on to Congress. You keep glossing over that and accuse me of not giving "examples of your phony candidate accusation." You then called me a liar and said to stop posting.
I provided proof. You don't like the proof I provided so you pretend I didn't offer any and call me a liar. You have learned well from the 14 fleebaggers.
So you don't miss it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/us/politics/23dems.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/us/politics/23dems.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/us/politics/23dems.html

I await your apology.

201bdwi
201bdwi

knight: this is the last time I will ask you to give examples of democrats running as phony republicans that you have said has happened. You need to read the article you keep referring to. It says nothing like what you are implying. The article refers to democrats supporting "tea party" candidates running against republicans, not democrats running as republicans as you stated. You are doing what is becoming a common practice of the big money republicans: If you say a lie over and over, and spend time and money to spread that lie, people begin to believe it. It has proven to be effective in many cases, but it's not right. If you would get your anger under control, stop calling names, and try to understand how democracy can work for the benefit of everyone, not just the wealthy, you would be better off and much happier.

Knight
Knight

201:
From the article.
"In Michigan, local Republicans and Tea Party activists were immediately suspicious when a “Tea Party” ballot line appeared with candidates running for two competitive House seats and several state offices. The ballot line was thrown out on a technicality last month, but only after a series of blog and newspaper reports uncovered the hidden hand of two Oakland County Democratic officials. Both men resigned." Did you just not see that portion of the story? Selective reading, like selective memory.

And just because you don't like my responses, it doesn't make me angry or incoherent. You keep repeating the same baseless accusation over and over again trying to make it stick. You are everything you accuse me of being. Again, and for the last time, I understand how democracy works. You on the left believe dirty tricks are perfectly acceptable as long as it achieves the desired result, but you get angry when conservatives combat that with similar tactics.

201bdwi
201bdwi

knight: you're reading into the article what you want to back up your party line baseless accusations. You need to read what it says, not what you want it to say. It says nothing about democrats running as republicans as you asserted. You need to be honest if you want to be believed. You even admit in your post that the repubs use dirty tricks in your statement about me thinking it ok for the dems to use them. But again, you are throwing out false accusations. I am "on the left" as you say. I am an independent who has supported both dems and reps in the past and will continue to do so in the future. But my support will not be based on "party," but on the individual candidate. As I stated earlier, not all reps are of the same ilk as you and those you support. I am opposed to the hypocritical and unethical methods being used by the current mainstream reps in our state. Many of them that I have supported in the past have changed they beliefs/actions, and I no longer support them.

Knight
Knight

"In Michigan, local Republicans and Tea Party activists were immediately suspicious when a “Tea Party” ballot line appeared with candidates running for two competitive House seats and several state offices. The ballot line was thrown out on a technicality last month, but only after a series of blog and newspaper reports uncovered the hidden hand of two Oakland County Democratic officials. Both men resigned."

I'm not reading into what I want it to say. It says exactly that. "Two Oakland County Democratic officials."
I will not debate with someone who repeatedly ignores facts in plain English and accuses me of making false accusations. You are ignorant at best, but I believe you are incapable of admitting when you are wrong. I am through here. Enjoy your delusion if it makes you feel better. I prefer to debate honest people.

201bdwi
201bdwi

knight: you speak half-truths, sometimes outright lies. You have anger issues and resort to continual name calling throughout your posts when logic fails you. You have a learning disability in reading. Yet you continue to spew forth your distorted view of reality. Pathetic.