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Forum Reveals Clear Differences Between Bies, Veeser


The 60 or so voters who attended Thursday night's candidate forum at Sturgeon Bay City Hall didn't have to look too hard to find differences between the two men vying for the 1st Assembly seat.

Or wait too long.

The second question of the night dealt with the protests at the State Capitol in 2011 and incumbent Garey Bies and challenger Patrick Veeser painted two very different pictures of the unprecedented demonstrations.

Veeser, a Democrat, said the unrest was the result of "bad leadership" and Republicans trying to "pound through" legislation "in hours."

The Republican Bies said there was contention -- but only on one side. "Our side sat there while the other side was screaming away," he said.

The two also parted ways on the topic of education, with Bies saying 1st District schools are among the best in the state while Veeser railed against recent cuts to school funding, saying "you can't cut $1.6 billion out of anything and think it's going to be better."

In all, the two fielded 23 questions during the 90-minute forum covering topics like job creation, health care, the budget, voter ID, and campaign finance reform.

Questions were submitted by those in attendance and those who planned to watch on TV and online.

The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Door County.

To listen to the entire forum click the link below:

1st Assembly District Candidate Forum, Garey Bies and Patrick Veeser, Oct. 18, 2012


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