State Sen. Jessica King, D-Oshkosh, released a statement this afternoon to announce her concession of the race for Wisconsin’s 18th State Senate District.
King said she called Rick Gudex earlier today to thank him for a “hard fought campaign” and to congratulate him on his victory.
“I would like to thank all of my supporters, and volunteers for their energy, and enthusiasm these past two years — working endlessly to help move Wisconsin forward,” King said in the statement. “I look forward to continue working in the community to bring common sense solutions to Wisconsin’s most pressing issues.”
In addition to the statement released through her campaign, King sent a thank you letter addressed to the 170,000 residents of the 18th State Senate District, congratulating Gudex again on his win. In it, she called for campaign finance reform and a more civil and transparent government. She also urged legislators to take a “bi-partisan approach to finish working on issues left unresolved, including mining, venture capital, and workforce realignment.”
According to her letter, King — who unseated former State Sen. Randy Hopper in an August 2011 recall election — held more than a dozen in-district office hours during her 15 months in office, and answered more than 4,000 constituent cases.
“I toured our local schools, area businesses, attended meetings and community events in all corners of the district, always asking for opinions and feedback on any and all state issues in an open and transparent manner,” King said in the letter. “I have enjoyed the last 15 months of service and I would not trade this experience for anything in the world. It has been a privilege.”
After initial election results showed Gudex, the president of the Fond du Lac City Council, leading King by 590 votes, King said she would wait to concede until county clerks completed their canvass.
Republicans banked on the 18th District as their best shot at securing a Senate majority, among three competitive state races. Entering the legislative session, the party will have a two-seat majority in the state Senate, restoring complete control of the state’s government to Republicans.