The first of five debates into state and national races out of the Coulee Region begins today.
From 12:45-1:45 p.m., Democratic incumbent Jill Billings of the 95th Assembly District will be debating Republican challenger Jerome Gundersen.
Here’s a map of the 95th district.
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Who’s asking the questions?
“We’re relying on the panelists, including the very distinguished Brad Williams, for the debate Monday, and we also have a number of other media panelists taking part,” University of Wisconsin-La Crosse political science professor, Dr. Anthony Chergosky said Friday afternoon on WIZM. “So, they’ll be asking the questions and I’ll be, kind of, steering the ship, as we go. Looking forward to five excellent debates, as we go throughout the next three weeks or so.”
Chergosky will be the moderator but did say he does have some questions he may ask.
“I’ll have a couple, but the main attraction will be our media panelists,” Chergosky said on La Crosse Talk PM.
Billings has held the office since a special election Nov. 8, 2011, after the seat was vacated by Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D). Shilling then moved from the Assembly to the Senate in the recall election of Republican Dan Kapanke on Aug. 9, 2011.
Billings, who had previously served on the La Crosse County Board for eight years, has run unopposed in every election since. She also ran unopposed in the 2020 Democratic primary, getting 7,419 votes.
Gundersen, a former La Crosse County Board supervisor, also ran unopposed in the Republican primary with 2,351 votes.
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the debates:
Wednesday from 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Dem. Steve Doyle (inc) vs. Ind. Leroy Brown vs. Rep. Kevin Hoyer
Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Rep. Loren Oldenburg (inc) vs. Dem. Josefine Jaynes
Oct. 2 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dem. Brad Pfaff vs. Rep. Dan Kapanke
Oct. 28 from 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Dem. Ron Kind (inc) vs. Rep. Derrick Van Orden