WAUSAU – Primary candidates for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District will debate live on The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.
Democratic candidates Lawrence Dale, Eagle River, and Tricia Zunker, Wausau, will debate on Jan. 30. Republican candidates Jason Church, Hudson, and Tom Tiffany, Minocqua, will debate on Feb. 6.
Both debates will air live at 10 a.m. and will be moderated by Shereen Siewert, host of WPR’s “Route 51,” and Robin Washington, host of Superior-based WPR talk show “Simply Superior.” Listeners will also be able to question the candidates by calling 800-780-9742.
Dale, an insurance professional and Vietnam veteran, previously ran for the seat as a Green Party candidate in 2014 and for Wisconsin State Assembly District 34 as a Democrat in 2016. Zunker is an associate justice of the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court and president of the Wausau School Board.
Church served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, retiring as Captain, and was an aide to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. Tiffany was elected as State Senator for Wisconsin’s 12th District in 2012 and has served two terms. He previously served one term in the State Assembly.
In north central Wisconsin, the debates will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 on 91.9 and 101.3/Wausau, 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, 100.9/Marshfield, 99.1/Stevens Point, AM 930/Auburndale, 90.3/Park Falls, 89.9/Rhinelander-Eagle River and streamed at wpr.org/central. They will be re-broadcast at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 on 90.9/Wausau.
Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas and Washburn counties. It also includes portions of Chippewa, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe and Wood counties.
The special election was called by Gov. Tony Evers to replace Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned for family reasons last fall. The primary election is on Feb. 18, with winners facing off in the general election on May 12.
Photos courtesy of candidates’ campaigns. Candidates for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District are Lawrence Dale-D, from left, Tricia Zunker-D, Jason Church-R and Tom Tiffany-R.