State Senator Jessica King Wins Chairman's Pick
Students at UW Oshkosh have a lot of choices to make at the polls this Tuesday and have boxes to check, not just for President, but for every major seat down the ticket. With so many names on yard signs and door hangers it’s easy for truly dedicated elected officials to slip through the cracks. This endorsement by our Chairman is for a democratic candidate that may not have superPAC money to tell you who they are, but who have, through action and word, made it clear that they deserve your vote.
“What sticks out about Senator King is that she hardly ever seems interested in […] talking about the politics, but would rather talk about legislative problems and what courses of action would be worth pursuing to solve them.“ –Mike Pawlak, Chairman
The first time I met Senator King I was actually interviewing for my first campaign job almost two years ago. I walked into the building, sweaty and nervous, and asked the first person I saw where the bathroom was. Ms. King, then an attorney whose office was in the same wing as the group I was applying with, politely smiled and directed me to the clearly labeled door across the hall which I sheepishly made my way to.
Since then the Senator and I have run into each other several times, both at public appearances and in closer company, but what sticks out about Senator King is that she hardly ever seems interested in talking about the campaign, talking about the politics, but would rather talk about legislative problems and what courses of action would be worth pursuing to solve them. As much as politicos here in Oshkosh don’t want to admit it, Jess King isn’t much of a politician. She doesn’t give grand speeches and make extravagant promises while supporters cheer her on. But she is one hell of a public official. She’s the kind of legislator who is willing to meet with constituents on public busses, to meet with people in her district, some of which had just taken down the big red yard sign of her opponent, and learn what the people she was elected to represent, regardless of party affiliation, want from Wisconsin’s State Senate. In Madison, Senator King is the one who’ll put aside the term “Republican” or “Democrat” in one of the most hyper-partisan generation of politicians and sit down with legislation from both sides, study it thoroughly, and give an impartial analysis of what will work and what won’t.
Jess might not be able to excite the hardcore liberals like some can. But if you’re looking for a moderate voice in the State Senate to tell Madison what the people of the Fox Valley want, then Senator King has earned your vote.
Chairman, UW Oshkosh College Democrats