John Buckstaff

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John Buckstaff
Former candidate for
Wisconsin State Senate District 18

Political party Democrat
Profession Retired furniture business owner
John Buckstaff was a Democratic candidate for District 18 of the Wisconsin State Senate in the recall election against incumbent Sen. Randy Hopper.

Buckstaff, a Republican supporter, is ran as a protest candidate in order to necessitate a Democratic primary between himself and Jessica King. King easily defeated Buckstaff in the primary on July 12.

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

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

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See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Randy Hopper recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

In early June, Wisconsin Republican Party 6th Congressional District Chairman Dan Feyen sent out letters urging Republicans to support Buckstaff as a "protest candidate."

Buckstaff wrote, "After watching the protest in Madison led by the unions and Democratic Party I have decided to run as a protest candidate against Jessica King in the Democratic primary. I make no apologies for this action as I view the recall of Senator Hopper as wrong. Hopefully everyone will see this as another example of what democracy looks like...Liberals aren't the only ones with a right to protest and I want to bring people's attention to what is happening to a person (Hopper) who did the job we elected him to do while others fled the state."[1]

Hopper had said he would like the recall election to happen as soon as possible, and hoped there was no primary.[2]

King said Senator Hopper should tell the fake candidate to stop the process, but said it wouldn't change her strategy. "I just get four more weeks to campaign and talk with voters. It's a longer campaign. It may increase my budget, but I'm not worried about it," she said.[1]


Supporters of Hopper began distributing flyers in the district to get out the vote for Buckstaff in the July 12 primary.[3] The flyer describes King as a "Pro-Union Extremist" who would put unions first "even if it bankrupts Wisconsin." Meanwhile, Buckstaff is described as "Pro-Wisconsin," saying he would "eliminate special privileges for government unions." The flyer is paid for by a group called "Patriot Advisors."[4]

King issued a statement in response, saying, "It is simply astonishing that the Wisconsin Republicans are so desperate they feel they need turn out voters in the fake primary. The GOP continues to resort to more dirty tricks because they know the voters are responding positively to my message that public servants must stand up for working families and seniors rather than big corporations and the wealthy elite."[5]

July 12 Democratic Primary

King easily defeated Buckstaff in the primary.

July 12 Democratic primary[6]
Candidates Votes Percent
Jessica King Approveda 19,562 68.21%
John Buckstaff 8,995 31.37%
Scattering 120 0.42%

Campaign contributions

John Buckstaff Campaign Finance Reports (GAB ID No. 0105112)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
July Continuing[7] July 7, 2011 $0.00 $750.00 $(750.00) $0
Official reports

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