WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Republican State Senator Pam Galloway told Newsline 9 she's ready for a recall election. The Government Accountability Board ruled Monday that there are enough signatures to force a recall election against her.
"She's out of touch with their values and really doesn't understand what so many of them are going through," said Democratic State Representative Donna Seidel who announced earlier this year that she planned to run against Galloway for the 29th District seat.
Galloway was elected in 2010 and now, she's defending her time in office.
"We're definitely prepared for this election," she said Monday.
Newsline 9 wanted to talk with the Senator in person, but she was in Madison. On the phone, she told us she's kept her campaign promises.
"I have done everything I can to promote jobs in the district either through passing legislation that creates a job friendly environment or by working on bills such as the mining bill which would have brought jobs to the northern part of my district," Galloway said.
Galloway said the recall effort is all about control. "I think the reason I'm being recalled is because the Democrat party is trying to change the composition of the legislature."
But Seidel said many people are unhappy with Galloway's time as a Senator.
"Tens of thousands of people signed the petition to say, 'Pam Galloway you don't get what we care about, you are not representing us,'" she said.
Galloway disagreed. Meanwhile, both candidates will have a chance to make their cases as a recall election is now set.
"I'm very excited at the prospect of exposing her voting record. I think she's demonstrated that she has not favored the middle class with all of the tax increases that she's voted for in the past," Galloway said.
Seidel added, "I will be very happy to talk about my record, my priorities, my history in the legislature and how I have always attempted to champion the needs and causes of our hard-working middle class."
The GAB has recommended May 8 for primary elections and June 5 for deciding elections.