Western Wisconsin Candidate Forums

Leading up to the 2012 fall elections, The West Side will host nine consecutive candidate forums featuring candidates from western Wisconsin legislative districts. The forums will be broadcast on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire. Several will also be broadcast on 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. The forum specials begin airing on Thursday, September 6th.

Rich Kremer will host the forums in a call-in format that encourages listeners to participate in the discussion. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615. 

The schedule is as follows (Incumbent listed first):




September 6

28th Assembly

Erik Severson (R)
Adam T. Bever (D)

September 13

29th Assembly

John Murtha (R)
Jim Swanson (D)

September 20

30th Assembly

Dean Knudson (R)
Diane Odeen (D)

September 27

67th Assembly

Tom Larson (R)
Deb Bieging (D)

October 4

68th Assembly

Kathy Bernier (R)
Judy Smriga (D)

October 11

87th Assembly

Mary Williams (R)
Elizabeth Riley (D)

October 18

10th Senate

Sheila Harsdorf (R)
Daniel C. Olson (D)

October 25

75th Assembly

Roger Rivard (R)
Stephen Smith (D)

November 1

93rd Assembly

Warren Petryk (R)
Jeff Smith (D)

The September 20 forum will be broadcast from the Kinnickinnic River Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The November 1st forum will also be broadcast from a remote location in the 93rd Assembly district (More information on forum location will become available shortly. Both remote broadcasts are open to the public to attend.

Wisconsin Public Radio continues to provide public forums following an over 20 year commitment to providing voters in western Wisconsin access to their candidates for public office. Public forums allow a community to better understand how each regional legislative candidate will represent their community, county and state. The live discussions facilitate listener participation and present a platform for candidates to share their opinions on issues important to western Wisconsin voters.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin. The show airs on Thursdays at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.