11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
750 N Lincoln Memorial Milwaukee WI, 53202
The two candidates for Milwaukee County Executive in the April 7 General Election, State Rep. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee) and State Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), will be the featured speakers at an election forum hosted jointly by the Milwaukee Press Club, WisPolitics.com and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee on Tuesday, March 17.
Rob Henken, president of the Wisconsin Policy Forum, will moderate a discussion with Crowley and Larson, who were the top finishers in the Spring Primary February 18. Among the topics to be covered are the county’s finances and priorities for next year’s budget, key infrastructure decisions such as the future of the Milwaukee County Domes, and the candidates’ views on the proposed 1% county sales tax.
Crowley, 33, is a Milwaukee native who currently represents Assembly District 17. A graduate of Bay View High School, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He first was elected in 2016.
Prior to his election, Crowley was the African American statewide organizer for former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, an aide for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and most recently the policy director for state Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd.
Larson, 39, is a county native currently representing Senate District 7. A 1999 graduate of Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, Larson received a finance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007, according to his Wisconsin State Legislature biography. Prior to his first election, Larson was a store manager. Larson first was elected as a Milwaukee County supervisor in 2008, serving until 2010, when he was elected to the state Senate. He was re-elected in 2014 and 2018, and served as minority leader in 2013. In 2016, Larson was unsuccessful in his challenge to incumbent Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, who chose not to seek re-election this year.
Lunch and networking at 11:45; the program will run from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Memorial Hall at the War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive downtown. Parking is available to the north of the building – please tell the attendant you are there for Rotary. Seating will be limited for this event and advanced registration is required.
WisPolitics.com partners with the press club for this luncheon as part of its ongoing event series in Milwaukee, sponsored by UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin Academy of Global Education and Training, ELEVEN25 at Pabst, Milwaukee Police Association, The Firm Consulting, Medical College of Wisconsin and Spectrum.
The cost to attend is $20 for MPC members and $25 for non-members. Lunch is included. Registration deadline is Friday, March 13. Advanced registration and payment are required and may be done by booking below. Checks may be mailed to the MPC at PO Box 176, North Prairie, WI 53153-0176. Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or call 262-894-2224.
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