MONDOVI, Wis. (WEAU) -- A group of democratic candidates hoping to become Wisconsin's next Governor attended a meet and greet with local community members.
Democratic candidates are hoping to capture votes and Saturday all eyes were on Western Wisconsin. "Western Wisconsin is a very important part of the election in the state. Anyone who's going to be governor of the state, has got to spend time over here," said Matt Flynn, candidate in the Governor’s race.
Democrats vying for Wisconsin's top political offices attended a picnic at Mondovi Tourist Park. The event was put together by democratic parties from Trempeleau, Buffalo, and Pepin counties.
"We wanted to give people a chance to get involved and engaged. The challenge is, there's so many candidates and then there's a primary in august and we all need to come together around one," said Bruce Johnson, Chair of the Pepin County Democratic Party.
8 of the 10 democrats running for the governor's spot showed up including Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, Andy Gronik, and more. "I wanted to meet as many people as possible and hear people's ideas and hopes for the future of our state," said candidate, Kelda Roys.
Senator Kathleen Vinehout was also in attendance. "My goal was to meet with all of the people here and explain why I’m running for governor. They know me as their senator but they don’t know what it is that i see as the broader vision," said Senator Vinehout.
Candidates gave short speeches, and answered questions from attendees. "It’s time we have an advocate for regular folks in the executive branch," said candidate, Dana Wachs.
School safety was a highlighted topic. "We just had another mass shooting at a school and we're having these repeatedly," said candidate Mike Mccabe. "We can deal with this problem and still respect the rights of law abiding people," he said.
Madison Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Paul Soglin also weighing in. "We've got to do more in terms of keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them," said Soglin.
Organizers say they plan to hold similar events throughout campaign season.