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All of the Milwaukee mayoral candidates who will face off in the February 15th primary have been invited and are expected to take part in an election forum set for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 9th at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Vel R. Phillips Avenue.
The forum, co-hosted by the Pabst Theater Group, the Milwaukee Press Club, WisPolitics.com, and Listen MKE, [a collaboration among the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WUWM 89.7, and Milwaukee PBS,] will be free and open to the public. Registration for in-person attendance is required and seating will be limited.
The forum also will be livestreamed at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Facebook page for those who cannot attend in person.
•Former Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan
•Milwaukee Ald. Marina Dimitrijevic
•Milwaukee community activist Ieshuh Griffin
•Acting Mayor and Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson
•Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas
•Business owner Michael Sampson
•State Sen. Lena Taylor
Moderators will be Charles Benson, reporter and news anchor at TMJ4 – WTMJ TV and James Causey, columnist and special projects reporter at the Journal Sentinel. Topics will include important issues facing Milwaukee and its residents.
“The Milwaukee Press Club is extremely proud to be part of this forum, which will provide an opportunity for voters throughout the city to learn more about the candidates seeking to become Milwaukee’s next mayor through this historic election,” said Corri Hess, press club president and reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio. “We are grateful to the Pabst Theater Group, our media co-hosts and our community partners for making this possible. We encourage all of our partners to share information about the forum with their members and audience.”
Gary Witt, Pabst Theater Group CEO, noted the rare opportunity for an open mayoral election resulting from former Mayor Tom Barrett’s resignation last month to become U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. “This is a critical opportunity for the city, not just another election,” Witt said. “Hopefully events like this get many more people from all communities in Milwaukee to be aware, to pay attention to the candidates and to vote.”
Community partners for this election forum to date include Wisconsin Voices, WNOV 860 AM and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.
For an updated, current list, go to https://milwaukeepressclub.org/events/
Everyone attending the event must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, or have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to the event. Proof of vaccination or a negative test result will be checked at the door. Under the city of Milwaukee’s mask ordinance, masks will be required indoors.
To register to attend the forum in person, go to: https://milwaukeepressclub.org/events/.
To view the livestream February 9, go to: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Facebook page. Please use #MKEMayoralForum22 for social media.
For questions or more information, contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club, email@example.com, or call 262-894-2224.
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