2020 hopeful congressional candidate Jessica King visits Marian

Logan Burge, Writer

On February 21stcongressional candidate Jessica King stopped by Marian University to give a presentation on herself and her campaign. In case you missed it, here is a quick rundown of what was discussed. 

King is seeking candidacy for Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district. Her childhood was marked with difficulty due to her parents struggling with their own disabilities. This resulted in her becoming a ward of the state at age 15, looking for a better opportunity, she was able to put herself through college by working a factory job and applying for many grants. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, she attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in California, then returned to Wisconsin to begin her legal career. 

In the past, King had participated in several close political races. Her first major race in 2008 ended with her losing to the incumbent Republican by only 163 votes. Several years later, she ran again, this time winning a state Senate seat in 2011 as a result of a special recall election.

In the 2012 election, she lost another close race, this time to Rick Gudex. For the next few years, King decided to take a break from running for political office. She returned to her legal work until this past year when she started campaigning again, this time for the 2020 election. 

Throughout the presentation, King emphasized the importance of getting out to vote, especially in local elections. As shown by her own political races, the results can often be very close, which means that every vote has a significant impact. King also discussed the increasingly prevalent role of money in politics, and how it affects local elections just as much as the presidential elections. 

In a world where it often seems that the voices of the people are not heard, Jessica King told a different story. This November, you can look forward to seeing Jessica King on your ballot.