With all the political unrest in Wisconsin during the past five months, area voters will get their first chance to let their ballots do the talking.

Tuesday, local voters will decide who will take on state Sen. Luther Olsen in a recall election in August.

Displeased voters are trying to remove the Ripon Republican from the 14th senate district — along with several other state senators from both parties, in an unprecedented attempt to recall elected officials in Wisconsin.

In Olsen’s case, his attempted recall is largely due to his support of Gov. Scott Walker’s budgetary and collective-bargaining measures — both of which have passed the Legislature and recently been signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

Two men are running on the 14th district ticket in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. The winner faces Olsen Aug. 9.

But in Tuesday’s primary, only one man could be considered the real candidate.

The Democratic primary field includes:

— State Rep. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo, considered the “authentic” candidate;

— Rollin Church of Wautoma, a “protest” candidate forwarded by the Republican party to force a primary, thereby giving the incumbent Olsen more time to campaign.

“These aren’t real primaries,” Clark told the Commonwealth Tuesday. “These are Republicans running as fake Democrats to force sham primaries and delay these elections. In these tough times, the primary is clearly bad for the taxpayers who are being forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars more across the state to fund fake primaries.”

Read the full story in the July 7 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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