On behalf of the League of Women Voters of the Whitewater Area and citizens of Wisconsin State Assembly District 43, I’d like to publicly thank candidates Don Vruwink and Gabriel Szerlong for participating in the League’s recent candidate forum for the State Assembly District 43 race. Thirty citizens were in attendance and the candidates fielded nineteen questions during the 1-½ hour forum on issues including school safety, roads, economic development, and redistricting, to name just a few. Only two questions, known in advance by the candidates, came from the League board and they were turned to only when questions from the audience were exhausted with time remaining. The forum was both civil and informative – democracy at its very best. At a time in our politics when there is great division and mistrust, the forum was an occasion for each candidate to simply state their views before the electorate. We applaud their level of civic engagement in our democracy and wish them both the very best on Election Day. There will be one winner on that day but at the forum, there were many. Voters win when they’re given opportunities to question candidates on issues that matter to them in order to make informed choices in the voting booth.
The League’s SA District 43 candidate forum was filmed by Whitewater Community TV and can be view on their website. A Candidate Questionnaire prepared by the League for SA District 43 candidates can also be viewed on the League’s website, visit www.lwvwhitewater.org. The League encourages all eligible voters to vote on November 6th.
Ellen S. Penwell
LWV Whitewater Area
To view the candidate forum,