Live Candidates Forum for 21st Senate District Race Set for Tonight

Patch and WGTD are hosting and broadcasting live a candidates forum for the recall election in the 21st Senate District on Thursday.

State Sen. Van Wanggaard and former state Sen. John Lehman will participate in a live candidates forum Thursday, May 24, in the .

Sponsored by the Caledonia and Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch sites, with help from WGTD Radio, the at the , 8811 Campus Drive.

WGTD will broadcast the forum live on 91.1FM, and Patch will do a live blog of the event.

against Tamra Varebrook, the "protest" candidate tapped by the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Our moderator for the evening will be Patch Regional Editor Mark Maley, and our timekeeper will be Bob Haggarty, president of Haggarty Insurance and Financial Services in Kenosha.

The format will go as follows:

  • Candidates will each have two-minute introductions
  • They will then answer six questions prepared by Patch and WGTD
  • Candidates will alternate answering questions with three minutes for their primary answer
  • Each candidate will get an additional minute for rebuttal and response
  • Upon entering the auditorium, audience members will be asked to write questions on notecards, which will be delivered to the moderator
  • Moderator will choose fo questions that are different than what has already been asked
  • Candidates will each have three minutes to answer, again alternating who answers first
  • There will not be rebuttals during this portion of the forum
  • Candidates will each have two-minute closing statement

We hope to see you there.

GearHead May 14, 2012 at 06:55 PM
@ WIwishes. If you are going to ask a question, it should be premised in fact. Van has office hours EVERY thursday afternoon at his Ives Grove office. Lehman never met with his constituants. As far as "cuts" to education go, they were balanced by giving RUSD the tools to manage the cuts, unlike the Doyle cuts to education, where the pain was felt in the classroom. This was because of the stranglehold collective bargaining placed on 85% of the RUSD budget. You conveniantly forget that RUSD extended their contracts, and teachers finally agreed to pay a portion of their own health and pension. And do I need to remind you the cuts were in part made because enrollment has been declining. Less kids means less money for kids. Any responsible entity would recognise that, and deal with it appropriatly. As for the rest of your questions, they are no more than political rhetoric.
Stormy Weather May 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM
GearHead is right - RU$D made their own bed, when they rushed a contract through. And they still haven't bothered to come up with an exit survey for parents pulling their children from the district. The reason being, that RU$D doesn't want to see the truth in written format! Last year 860 students left our district via Open Enrollment and 210 students left via School Choice Vouchers. Less then 20 students came into RU$D via Open Enrollment! This year it appears that most of the 500 School Choice Vouchers will be filled and the Open Enrollment numbers will probably go up. And our RU$D school board sits on their rear ends and tells us that they need 60 million more to fix schools that parents are running from???
Stormy Weather May 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I would ask Lehman what he has been doing since he was booted out of the office by Van Wanggaard. I would also ask him, what he would have done when the other 14 senators tucked in their tails and ran to Illinois.
Keith Best May 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Democrats have said that Walker devasted education. I bet you will hear that from Lehman. Areas that embraced ACT 10 were not devasted Only the ones that extended union contracts were. Recently, Waukesha School Board Superintendent Todd Gray said, "We're in a very good place, with no expected layoffs nor any expected program reductions." This was after erasing a $9.3 million deficit. This is happening all over Wisconsin with over $1 Billion Dollars saved. That's why you should vote Walker/ Kleefisch Wanggaard June 5th. www.reforms.wi.gov
patchreader 123 May 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
PLEASE ASK BOTH CANDIDATES (AT THE MAY 24 DEBATE): Do you favor or oppose Assembly Bill 303? http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/proposals/AB303


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