From PFAS to abortion access, school funding and a multi-billion-dollar budget surplus. Those were just some of the over 20 questions asked by local media during a debate for Wisconsin’s 95th Assembly District, which includes the city of La Crosse.
Democratic Assembly Rep. Jill Billings has held the seat since 2011. She is being challenged this election cycle by Republican Chris Woodard, who is a La Crosse city council member.
Local media had the opportunity to ask the two over 20 questions in a debate hosted by UW-La Crosse and moderated by political science professor, Anthony Chergosky, Ph.D.
Some of the other questions included the homeless situation in the city, teachers leaving the profession, minimum wage, how to quell partisanship in Madison, as well as a variety of drug questions from illegal drugs to legalizing marijuana to the opioid epidemic.
Heated clashes in the debate were relatively few, until the end when Woodard brought up Billings’ recent tax situation, while the incumbent fired back about a past four-year restraining order against Woodard.