Waupun Voters Among Those Heading To The Polls

8/8/11 – Voters in Waupun will be the only residents in Dodge County eligible to vote in Tuesday’s recall election. In the 18th State Senate District, incumbent Republican Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac is being challenged by Oshkosh Deputy Mayor Jessica King. The two candidates have vastly differing views on recent cuts in education. King says the ability for some districts to meet their budgets next year because of changes in collective bargaining is a short term success story. She thinks the quality of education will suffer because of the exodus of teachers leaving the field. Hopper says there are already examples in Fond du Lac and Appleton of school districts being able to balance their budgets and as a result retain and fill teaching vacancies. The 18th State Senate District is one of six State Senate seats held by Republicans up for election Tuesday. One week later, two seats held by Democrats will be voted on.