As many WPPA members already know, 2006 is an election year. With nearly 11,000 members from over 375 local associations, the WPPA plans to actively support those candidates deemed to best represent the values of our membership. In doing so, we hope to improve the ability of Wisconsin to remain a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
On May 21, 2006, the WPPA Annual Convention will host two one-hour candidate forums for those individuals running for governor and attorney general, all of whom have been invited. In the race for governor, republican U.S. Congressman Mark Green is facing the incumbent democrat, Governor Jim Doyle. In the attorney general’s race, former U.S. Attorney J.B. Van Hollen and current Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher are vying for the republican nomination, while Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager will have to defend herself in a democratic primary against Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.
In order to treat the candidates fairly and impartially, a number of strict guidelines have been established. The forum will be conducted in a town-hall style format in which WPPA Assistant Executive Director Jim Palmer will act as moderator. WPPA members attending the convention will have the opportunity to fill out question cards, and those members who cannot attend the convention can submit their questions to Jim Palmer via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the limited timeframe allowed for the forums, please limit your questions to law enforcement and/or labor-related issues.
Following the two forums, Jim Palmer will conduct a focus group open to all WPPA members. In the focus group, attendees will be asked about their impressions of the candidates. The forums and focus group will play a predominant role in the WPPA political action committee’s endorsement determinations.