De Pere (WBAY) – Five of the democratic candidates for Wisconsin governor attended a forum in De Pere on Saturday to face off on the issues.
Political activist, Mike McCabe; former state democratic party chairman, Matt Flynn; former state representative, Kelda Roys; Firefighter Union President, Mahlon Mitchell and State Senator, Kathleen Vinehout attended the forum.
With such a crowed field, the candidates enjoyed the opportunity to allow voters to get to know them. The candidates fielded a number of questions on key issues including immigration, Act 10, and gun control.
"I’ve actually come out in full support of banning AR-15 and semi-automatic rifles," said Mitchell.
"How about waiting periods, background checks, mandatory," said Flynn.
"I have a detailed plan for how we can address this, and it starts with supporting reinstating the 48 hour waiting period," said Roys.
The candidates also say it’s about earning and getting democratic voters to the polls.
"It has to be earned. The folks in the north and the west have seen over and over again, Democrats stay home and a lot of folks come out and support Republicans and we have to go out and get those voters and bring them to the polls all over the state," said Vinehout.
"There is no way we can count on any wave to alter the political landscape in our state. If change is going to come, we have to make that change happen," said McCabe.
State Superintendent of Schools, Tony Evers and Madison Mayor, Paul Soglin were invited to the forum, but did not attend.
Candidate, attorney Josh Pade, was also not in attendance.