Political debates set at UW-La Crosse

Debates to include 94th and 96th Assembly Districts, Third Congressional District

Three debates during two nights will take place at UW-La Crosse prior to November’s general election.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 94th Assembly District incumbent Steve Doyle, D-Onalaska, will debate challenger Tracie Happel at 7 p.m. UW-L Assistant Professor of Political Science Jeremy Arney will moderate the debate. Following at 8 p.m. 96th Assembly District incumbent Lee Nerison, R-Westby, will debate challenger Pete Flesch. UW-L Assistant Professor of Political Science Tim Dale will moderate the second debate.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, will debate Republican opponent, Tony Kurtz, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. Kind is seeking his 10th term, while Kurtz, a retired Army officer and farmer from Prairie du Chien, is in his first run for public office. UW-L Professor Emeritus of Political Science Joe Heim will moderate the debate.

All debates will take place in Port O’ Call Lounge in Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

The debates are sponsored by the UW-L Department of Political Science and Public Administration and UW-L Student Association, the League of Women Voters, TV station WKBT, the La Crosse Tribune and Wisconsin Public Radio.