‘Earn my vote’: Wisconsin voters say what they want Tony Evers, Tim Michels and Senate candidates to talk about ahead of midterms

Inflation, education, the economy and the future of our country’s elections were on the minds of a panel of voters at a town hall Wednesday to explore what matters most to voters this election season.

It was the first of four town halls part of “Main Street Agenda,” a statewide project of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Ideas Lab, the La Follette School of Public Affairs and Wisconsin Public Radio. Wednesday’s event was held at Centennial Hall in Milwaukee Public Library Central Branch.

The project seeks to encourage dialogue across political lines and to host conversations with Wisconsin residents about the issues most important to them as Election Day nears.

With less than two months to go before the Nov. 8 midterms, polls have shown Wisconsin’s two big political races for governor and U.S. Senate are awfully close. The latest poll from Marquette University Law School showed the Senate race between Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Republican incumbent Ron Johnson as a toss-up, while Democratic Gov. Tony Evers held a narrow lead over his Republican challenger, Tim Michels.

The panel of voters that spoke Wednesday was made up of two Democrats, two Republicans and an independent, all from southeastern Wisconsin.

Though they didn’t individually identify their political affiliations, the divisions became clearer when they started talking about the issues important to them.

One thing they could agree on? That they wanted more specifics from candidates.

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