Vilas County candidates give background at forum Submitted: 03/17/2014
EAGLE RIVER - People in Vilas County will soon vote for their county leadership. Spring elections are right around the corner. But many people struggle finding information on local candidates. That's why they a local county held a forum tonight. Newswatch 12 was there. 12 candidates spoke with people in Vilas County at the Eagle River Inn tonight.

This was an introduction for each candidate to tell people why they're running. The Vilas County Republican Party hosted the forum. They wanted to make sure people were more aware of each candidate. "An awful lot of people don't understand just how important local government is. Our daily lives really are more affected by local government than they are by national government," said Vilas County Republican Party member, Bud Kuppenheimer. "Unfortunately we get low turnouts for local elections; which are really ironic and sad." Despite the weather, the moderator was pleased with the turnout. He hopes the forum helped voters. "These are all local races, there's not much money. There's very little in campaign contribution," Northland Pines School Board candidate, Shirley Kufeldt said. "So without campaign contribution, there are no advertisements. There are no radio ads, TV ads; nothing in the newspaper." The Spring Election is on April 1st. The Republican Party said they did not endorse, promote or offer any assistance to candidates in a non-partisan election.

Story By: Shardaa Gray

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