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WPR to air live candidate debates

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Public Radio stations in the region will present a live broadcast of the debate between Democratic candidates vying to represent the 25th District and the debate between the two candidates running for the 74th.

The Senate debate begins at 6 p.m. and the Assembly debate begins at 7 p.m. from the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland. Both debates will be carried live on WPR’s Ideas Network stations, 91.3 FM in Superior, 90.9 Ashland and 90.3 Park Falls. A rebroadcast of the debates is scheduled for Aug. 11 starting at 7 p.m.

The Senate and Assembly seats are open with the pending retirement of Senator Bob Jauch of Poplar and State Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland, who is running for Jauch’s seat. Also running in the Democratic primary Senate race are Park Falls Mayor Tom Ratzlaff and Poplar businessman Gary Kauther.

The winner of the Aug. 12 primary election faces Republican Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake in the Nov. 4 general election.

Two Democratic candidates are running for Bewley’s seat in the 74th includes Bayfield, Ashland, Iron and part of Sawyer counties. They are Beth Meyers of Bayfield and Graham Garfield of Mason. Jamey Francis of Hurley is the lone Republican in that race.

Northland College President Mike Miller will moderate both debates. The panel of reporters includes former Ashland Daily Press Editor Claire Duquette, Ashland Daily Press reporter Rick Olivo and WPR reporter Mike Simonson. No questions will be taken from the audience.