Televised Milwaukee Mayor, Wisconsin Supreme Court debates at Marquette Law School canceled

March 20, 2020

2019 Supreme Court debateMILWAUKEE — Marquette University Law School and WISN 12 have announced the cancellation of televised political debates for Milwaukee Mayor and the Wisconsin Supreme Court due to rapidly changing developments in the COVID-19 situation.

The Milwaukee Mayoral debate between incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett and Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, and the debate for Wisconsin Supreme Court between incumbent Justice Dan Kelly and Judge Jill Karofsky had been slated for Friday, April 3. Both debates were to be hosted at Marquette’s Lubar Center at Eckstein Hall and moderated by Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette Law School.

“Like all institutions, Marquette University and WISN 12 are responding to the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dean Joseph D. Kearney. “The Law School’s interest in hosting these important debates, as part of our contribution to civic dialogue, must yield to the imperative to protect public health and welfare. We are grateful to the candidates and our partners at WISN and hold a good thought for everyone in this challenging time.”

The debates were scheduled to air exclusively on WISN 12 and would have been the only public debates for mayor of Milwaukee before election day on April 7.

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