Candidates looking to replace retiring State Rep. Nerison debate the issues

Those looking to replace the 96th Assembly District’s retiring state representative debated the issues.

Democrat Paul Buhr and republican Loren Oldenburg are both vying for the seat being vacated by republican Lee Nerison.

Both Buhr and Oldenburg have voiced support for making healthcare more affordable, improving public school funding, defending family farms, and climate change research. The pair differed on a few divisive topics though, including gerrymandering.

“In the past, we’ve had split houses down in Madison and it ended up in the courts, so I believe we have a state constitution that’s already in place to protect the way things are districted,” said Oldenburg.

“In the past election 60,000 more votes were cast in the Assembly races in Wisconsin for democrats. The democrats only fielded 35 seats, the republicans fielded 64. That’s not democracy,” said Buhr.

The 96th Assembly District includes Crawford, Vernon and Monroe counties.

The fall general election is November 6. You can learn more about registering, polling places, and what’s on your ballot at Wisconsin’s My Vote website.

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