Watch clips from City of La Crosse mayoral debate

City of La Crosse mayoral candidates Doug Farmer and Tim Kabat participated in a debate on March 25 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Below you’ll find the candidates’ opening remarks and their responses to some questions by a panelist of local jounalists at the debate.

The Spring Election is on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.


Opening remarks by Tim Kabat and Doug Farmer 19507362

Question about neighborhood revitalization: Can each of you speak about the neighborhood revitalization plans that you may have including not only the building improvements, but what could the city do to invest in the people in those targeted neighborhoods? -Panelist Jane Klekamp, President of the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area 19506198

Question about economic incentives: Do either of you support the city implementing a playbook when it comes to economic incentives for businesses looking to build or expand in La Crosse and where do you personally draw the line when it comes to tax payer dollars going to companies? -Panelist Lou Hillman, WKBT-TV News 8 19506320

Question about a city administrator: Acknowledging the fact that the elector voted against a city administrator, are there any positive aspects of a city administrator that could be incorporated into your role as mayor? -Panelist Jane Klekamp, President of the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area 19511042

Question about city fees: What are the new fees and/or utilities that tax payers are going to see and which are the ones you don’t find completely reprehensible? -Panelist Mitch Reynolds, 1410 WIZM 19506756

Question about fire and police department levels: Two departments where staffing levels have been a huge focal point in the City of La Crosse are the police and fire departments. Do you believe staffing for those departments is where it should be? Should it be increased or decreased? -Panelist Lou Hillman, WKBT-TV News 8