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  Tea Party, recall leader Kim Simac running against Jim Holperin for 12th District Senate seat
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  May 05, 2011 03:02pm
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AuthorJoe Costanza
News DateThursday, May 5, 2011 02:05:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRHINELANDER – Kim Simac, president of the Northwoods Patriots and a leader of the Tea Party movement in Wisconsin, said Thursday she will run against Democrat Jim Holperin for State Senate in the upcoming recall election.

Simac, who resides in Eagle River, held a news conference in Rhinelander on Thursday, May 5, to announce her candidacy.

Over 23,000 voters throughout the 12th Senate district, which includes Oneida and Vilas counties, signed recall petitions against Holperin after he fled Wisconsin to avoid voting on balancing the state budget. The signatures have yet to be verified by the Government Accountability Board.

Simac, who led the recall effort, says voters can count on the fact that she won’t abandon them when times are tough.

“In this economy, people in the Northwoods are begging for jobs and Jim Holperin ran away from the job we sent him to do,” Simac said. “When we needed someone to fight for us, Senator Holperin fled to Illinois instead. It’s clear that Senator Holperin’s priorities are with his political donors and not with the taxpayers.”

Simac, a local activist for conservative politics, is the founder of the Northwoods Patriots located in Eagle River. She is also the First Vice Chair of the Vilas County Repulican Party, President of the Republican Women of the North, and co-host of “The Kim and Steve Show”, which airs on local radio stations.
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