James Smith (Wisconsin)

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James Smith
Former candidate for
Wisconsin State Senate District 32

Political party Democrat
James Smith (b. 1985) was a Democratic candidate for District 32 of the Wisconsin State Senate in the recall election against current incumbent Sen. Dan Kapanke.

Smith, a recent member of the La Crosse County Republican Committee, ran as a protest candidate in order to necessitate a Democratic primary between himself and Jennifer Shilling.

Shilling easily defeated Smith.

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

Other Recall Information
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See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Dan Kapanke recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Smith explained his candidacy - "I consider myself more of a protest candidate than a spoiler candidate. I think light really needs to be shed onto the recall process.”[1]

He has also said, “I want to bring light on the issue that 22,000 signatures can pretty much overturn an election where even the loser got 40,000 votes.” Shilling’s campaign declined to comment on his candidacy.[2]

In response to Smith's candidacy, Jennifer Shilling said, "Running this fake Democrat in the primary is the latest attempt by Dan Kapanke and his supporters to hide from the people of the 32nd Senate District and manipulate the electoral process.”[1]

July 12 Democratic Primary

Shilling easily defeated Smith in the primary.

July 12 Democratic primary[3]
Candidates Votes Percent
Jennifer Shilling Approveda 25,340 70.19%
James Smith 10,664 29.54%
Scattering 98 0.27%

Ads related to the campaign

Campaign contributions

James Smith Campaign Finance Reports (GAB ID No. 0105116)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
July Continuing[4] July 7, 2011 $0.00 $750.00 $(750.00) $0
Official reports

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