Congressional primary debate set for Tuesday at UW-Madison

WISC-TV, UW-Madison partner on congressional primary debate
Congressional primary debate set for Tuesday at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and WISC-TV will host a debate between 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary candidates Tuesday.

Candidates participating in the forum are state Rep. Mark Pocan, state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, Iraq war veteran Matt Silverman and electronic security consultant Dennis Hall.

The four Democrats are vying for the seat currently occupied by Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison. Baldwin is running for U.S. Senate.

The debate will begin at 7 p.m. in the Plenary Room of Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave., at the UW-Madison School of Business. The event is open to the public, though seating is limited.

WISC-TV will air the debate on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. and on WISC-TV’s sister channel, TVW, the same day at 7 p.m.

Neil Heinen, WISC-TV’s editorial director, will moderate the debate.

Panel members include UW-Madison political science professor Ken Mayer and WISC-TV political reporter Jessica Arp.

“We’re happy to collaborate with UW-Madison on this important congressional race,” said Colin Benedict, WISC-TV news director. “As a locally owned news station, we take our responsibility seriously to provide a forum to discuss the issues and keep voters informed.”

The debate is cosponsored by the Public Representation Organization of the Faculty Senate, a voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of UW-Madison faculty; and the Academic Staff Professionals Representation Organization, a nonprofit organization representing UW-System academic staff.

The winner of the Aug. 14 primary will face Republican Chad Lee in the Nov. 6 general election.