Candidates seeking election to Wisconsin’s 14th Senate District, 41st Assembly District, and the 6th Congressional District are being invited to participate in a series of virtual forums being hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area and the Five County Tobacco Coalition.
Initially, the forums will be for only the Aug. 11 contested partisan primaries. After the primaries, forums will be held for the final two or three candidates in each race.
For example, since there are four Republicans seeking the 41st State Assembly seat being vacated by Joan Ballweg, they are being invited to a forum on Wednesday, June 25.
However, since there is only one Democrat, Nate Zimdars, seeking the Assembly post, he won’t participate in the June 25 forum. The same is true for the independent candidate Jean Bartz. Instead, Zimdars, Bartz, and the winner of the Republican primary on Aug. 11 will be invited to a forum in early September on a day yet to be determined.
The League candidate forums:
- 14th Senate District–Wednesday, June 24,
- 41st Assembly District–Thursday, June 25
- 6th Congressional District–Wednesday, July 1
After the Aug. 11 6th Congressional partisan primary, the Democrat winner and Rep. Grothman will be invited to a September forum.
The forums, which will be broadcast live on the Spectrum public access channel 986 in the Ripon area and then posted to YouTube, will be moderated.
Candidates are being asked to appear in person at the Ripon City Hall, site of the forums. According to Cal Edwards, chair of the League’s Voter Service committee, social distancing rules will be enforced. This is the same procedure used when the two candidates for the mayor post in Ripon participated in a LWV-sponsored candidate forum March 25.
Edwards also said that questions for each candidate will come from the general public and that questions they would like candidates to address should send their questions to LWV at the following address: LWV Candidate Forum, P.O. Box 5, Ripon, WI, 54971
Questions can also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt who was born in Ripon, Wisconsin.
“The Five County Tobacco Free Coalition values the opportunity to collaborate with the League of Women Voters of Ripon Area on these forums. Over the years, our coalition has collaborated with various organizations on candidate forums in order to provide an opportunity for community members to ask candidates questions about health and wellness,” said Sandy Bernier, Coordinator of the local tobacco control coalition.
Because of time constraints, questions that are similar will be combined. Questions are directed at all the candidates running for the same position, not to any candidate in particular.
Letters inviting the candidates to participate in the forums were sent out on Monday.