91st Assembly candidates debate issues on radio program

Eau Claire (WQOW) — The candidates running for Wisconsin’s 91st Assembly seat debated hot-button issues Monday morning.

Democrat Jodi Emerson and Republican Echo Reardon were on Wisconsin Public Radio’s ‘The West Side’, defending their views on topics that matter to the Chippewa Valley, and the state as a whole.

A major point of division between the two; the state’s deal with Foxconn and the company’s interest in Eau Claire. News 18 reported back in July that Foxconn officials announced plans to create a development and testing facility in two downtown buildings. Emerson told News 18 she’s skeptical about the actual impact the company will have here.

“I hope that this comes through because it’d be great to have 150 new jobs in downtown Eau Claire. I think that would be wonderful, but as of yet, there are no leases signed, there’s no buildings bought,” said Emerson. “I guess I’ll believe it when I see it because Foxconn doesn’t have a great record across the country of really following through on their promises ”

However, Reardon is more optimistic about Foxconn’s interest in our city, and wants to see Wisconsin as a national workforce leader.

“I’d like to recruit bright minds out of state, into our state and great businesses into our state with not necessarily incentives, but maybe a tax moratorium or student loan forgivenesses,” said Reardon.

Both candidates say between now and the November election, it’s all about getting connected with voters and making their platforms heard.

Emerson and Reardon are running for the assembly seat held by Dana Wachs, who is not running for re-election.

Samantha Wensel

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