Democrats face-off in race for governor

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – A group of democrats vying for the Wisconsin Governor's spot faced off Saturday in Eau Claire.

One by one, seven different candidates faced off, all democrats hoping to become the next Governor of Wisconsin. Each candidate addressing a packed auditorium of community members on why they’re the right fit for the job. Not all candidates were in the area Saturday, Kelda Roys participating by video conference.

Other democrat candidates participating included Matt Flynn, Mayor Paul Soglin, Mike McCabe, Mahlon Mitchell, Dana Wachs, and Andy Gronik.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization focused on social justice, hosted Saturday’s event. "We know there's a large number of candidates running and there's a reason for that. Obviously there's a concern that what's currently leading our state isn't working and there wants to be change. So we're excited to be able to present those candidates to people in Eau Claire," said Jeff Smith of Citizen Action.

The forum gave the community the chance to hear directly from candidates about key issues focused on in their campaigns. "People are hungry for change and they want to hear from the candidates. That's exactly the way it ought to be," said Mike McCabe.

Discussion topics ranged from economic development to education and health care. "There should never be a time where a senior has to choose between getting their prescription drugs fills and paying their mortgage or their rent so there's a lot of things we need to work on in the state and we can do better," said candidate Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin.

Many candidates challenging Governor Walker’s time in office. "His policies are focused on making sure that people at the very top of economic pyramid get all the benefits of this society. People have had enough. It’s time for a change and that change is coming," said Dana Wachs.

"Gov. Walker more importantly I think is kind of checked out of the state. What he's interested in right now is special interest," said Democrat candidate, Andy Gronik.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin is responding to the day's democrat forum. "While democrats struggle to sell voters on more of the same failed policies of yesterday, the governor is focused on real results and getting positive things done for Wisconsin," said Alec Zimmerman.

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