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Rol Church
Former candidate for
Wisconsin State Senate District 14

Political party Democrat
Rol Church was a Democratic candidate for District 14 of the Wisconsin State Senate in the recall election against current incumbent Sen. Luther Olsen.

Church, a Republican supporter, ran as a protest candidate in order to necessitate a Democratic primary between himself and Assemblyman Fred Clark. Clark easily defeated Church in the July 12 primary.

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Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

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See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Luther Olsen recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

In early June, a petition began circulating to encourage Republicans to support Church as a "protest candidate."

Sen. Olsen said of Church's candidacy, "I have no idea if it will hurt or help. If it stretches the election out I don't know if that's good or bad. There are so many strange things happening in this business."[1]

Robert Forseth had filed to run as a Democrat. Following the news that all six "fake" Democrats had turned in their final paperwork to get on the ballot to the GAB, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that it would not be running their placeholder candidates in the recalls as they are no longer necessary. Party Chair Mike Tate explained, "The goal of the placeholder candidacies was to create an insurance policy against further Republican attempts to exploit the recall election schedule through dirty tricks and cynical plots."[2]

All three had filed nomination papers with a sufficient number of verified signatures.

July 12 Democratic Primary

Clark easily defeated Church in the primary.

July 12 Democratic primary[3]
Candidates Votes Percent
Fred Clark Approveda 15,052 66.7%
Rol Church 7,346 32.55%
Scattering 169 0.75%
  • Robert Forseth Note: Forseth filed nomination papers with sufficient signatures but did not file final papers to be on the ballot.

Ads relating to the campaign

Campaign contributions

Rol Church Campaign Finance Reports (GAB ID No. 0105115)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
July Continuing[4] July 7, 2011 $0.00 $750.00 $(750.00) $0
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