Primary election debate held for governor; scheduled for U.S. Senate

As we get closer to the August 14 partisan primary election, the first debate for governor has been held and the first debate for U.S. Senate has been scheduled.

The eight Democratic candidates vying for the chance to take on incumbent GOP Gov. Scott Walker had their first debate Thursday, July 12 in Milwaukee. The candidates are state Superintendent Tony Evers; former state party chairman Matt Flynn; political activist Mike McCabe; state firefighters president Mahlon Mitchell; corporate attorney Josh Pade; former state Rep. Kelda Roys; Madison Mayor Paul Soglin; and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout.

Update: Here are links to coverage of the debate. Not much discussion of K-12 education.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Wisconsin State Journal

Also, the GOP U.S. Senate candidates running for a general election match up with sitting U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin will hold their first debate on Thursday, July 26.


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Mainstage Theatre will be the setting for the first broadcast debate in the Wisconsin race for U.S. Senate. All five Republican candidates have agreed to participate – Charles Barman, George Lucia, Griffin Jones, Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir. 

The debate will air live on WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR on Thursday, July 26 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. TODAY’S TMJ4 (WTMJ-TV) will broadcast and WGBA-TV (Green Bay) will simulcast the first hour of the debate from 6:00 – 7:00 pm that night. Additional media partners for the debate include WisPolitics, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today Network. WUWM’s Mitch Teich, executive producer of Lake Effect, along with TODAY’S TMJ4 news anchors Charles Benson and Shannon Sims will moderate the debate.