It looks like Republican State Senator Dan Kapanke, who is the subject of a recall effort, will have a very solid opponent in Jennifer Shilling, a Democratic State Representative currently representing the 95th Assembly district. The recall of Sen. Kapanke was triggered thanks to volunteers who collected more than 21,000 signatures in less than 30 days, the fastest a recall has ever been triggered in Wisconsin state history. Sen. Kapanke could be in serious trouble heading into a recall election, as President Obama won nearly 61% of the vote in Kapanke’s district in 2008.

Here’s Shilling’s statement announcing her candidacy:

“When the working families of the Coulee region needed Senator Kapanke the most, he turned his back on them,” said Rep. Shilling. “Senator Kapanke stopped listening to the people he was elected to serve, and it’s time to move in a new direction.”

Shilling noted that the citizens of Western Wisconsin have clearly rejected Governor Walker’s attack on the rights of workers as well as his attempt to slash millions in vital education and health care funding. Despite this overwhelming opposition, she noted, Sen. Kapanke has continued to toe the party line.

“We don’t need more politicians to stand with the Governor,” Shilling concluded, “We need leaders to stand up to the Governor!”

If elected, Shilling said her number one goal will be creating good local jobs and putting Wisconsin’s government back on the side of working families.

“I’m running because I want our children to grow up in a state that values good jobs, quality education, affordable health care, and respects working people and their families,” concluded Shilling. “Together, we can keep the Wisconsin dream alive, and put our government back on the side of the hardworking men and women who make this such a great place to live and raise a family.”

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