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2024 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary 
Nonpartisan Candidate and Issue Forums

The LWVLA is committed to providing the public with fair, nonpartisan information about candidates for election. See below for links to print and other media forums made available to the public ahead of the 2024 Spring Election. Forums are added to this page as they become available, with the most recent forums on top.  

For more information about your ballot
and the candidates for the upcoming election

West Salem School Board 

Candidate Forum

On March 27, the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area (LWVLA) held a candidate forum with all three candidates for the West Salem School Board. Questions for the forum were submitted by members the public and the LWVLA.

The three candidates are Bob Gollnik, Matt Knebes, and Caitlin Wilson. 

Newsmakers: Constitutional Amendments on the April 2nd Ballot

This spring Wisconsin voters are not only being asked to vote for their preferred presidential candidates, but also on two state referendums. On March 11, 2024, WisconsinEye's Newsmakers host Lisa Pugh sat down with Debra Cronmiller, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and Dr. Will Flanders, Research Director, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty to discuss. How will you vote?

QUESTION 1: "Use of private funds in election administration. Shall section 7 (1) of article III of the constitution be created to provide that private donations and grants may not be applied for, accepted, expended, or used in connection with the conduct of any primary, election, or referendum?"
QUESTION 2: "Election officials. Shall section 7 (2) of article III of the constitution be created to provide that only election officials designated by law may perform tasks in the conduct of primaries, elections, and referendums?"

Click on the image below to access a recording of this episode.
In order to view the recording, you will need to register for free access to Wisconsin Eye.
Well worth it!


La Crosse School Board Candidate Profiles

There are seven announced candidates for three open La Crosse Board seats. Only two candidates — Tim Alberts and Adam Manka — will appear on the April 2 ballot. The remaining candidates — Jake Williams, Kevin Lee, Jeremiah Galvan, Jim Bagniewski and Amber Peterson — are running as write-ins. Incumbents Annie Baumann, Brad Quarberg and Jeff Jackson aren’t seeking re-election.

Responses from all seven announced candidates have been published by the Tribune.
Click on the name of each of the  candidates below for their interviews.

La Crosse County Board Supervisors  

On April 2, La Crosse County will hold its election for the Board of Supervisors. There are 20 contested seats. The Tribune sent a questionnaire with a short bio and three open response questions to all competing candidates. Candidates were limited to 700 characters, about 150 words, per open question.  

Responses from candidates will be added to this link as they are published by the Tribune. 

Meet the Candidates for
La Crosse County Circuit Court
Lax City Circuit Court Candidates 2
In La Crosse County, Candice C. M. Tlustosch is challenging incumbent Mark A. Huesmann for Circuit Court Branch 3.

Huesmann was appointed to the court by Gov. Tony Evers in 2023. He was previously a municipal court judge, La Crosse County court commissioner, and practicing attorney. He received his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1994. His resume is here

Tlustosch is a practicing attorney at Tlustosch Law Office. She was a La Crosse County judge in Branch 5 in 2015, appointed by Gov. Scott Walker. She did not win the next election and returned to private practice. She received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005. Her resume is here.

The two candidates for La Crosse County Circuit Court Branch 5 judge recently joined WIZM’s La Crosse Talk PM with Rick Solem.

Wisconsin Justice Initiative

The Wisconsin Justice Institute asked each of the candidates to answer a series of questions. The questions asked are patterned after some of those on the job application Evers uses when he is considering judicial appointments. 

The candidates' answers are printed as submitted, without editing or insertion of “(sic)” for errors.