Debates are shaping up between state Rep. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo, and Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, who will face off in the upcoming recall election.
The two candidates have agreed to public forums in Portage, Waupaca and Ripon, which will take place on consecutive days.
The first forum will be sponsored by the Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative and is slated for July 26 at the Portage Best Western Hotel.
The cooperative's director, Lawrence Becker, will moderate the debate and ask questions from a pre-determined list that will be provided to candidates in advance.
There will be no audience participation, although people may suggest questions before Wednesday by mail or email.
"We're just trying to promote it right now so folks can mark their calendars and think of some questions," said Keith Wohlfert, spokesman for the cooperative.
Wohlfert said he hopes to record the forum so it can be made available on the Internet.
Both candidates have agreed to a request from the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce to participate in a debate in that city July 27. Details about the debate's format, time and location are not yet available.
The third event will be in Olsen's hometown, Ripon, and will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area.
In that public forum, the candidates will be given a few minutes for self-introduction and then will be asked questions by a League of Women Voters moderator.
Audience members will be permitted to submit questions in writing through the moderator and the forum will conclude with brief statements from each candidate.
"Since our local event does not generally allow for candidate interaction, it is a forum rather than a debate," said Pamela Nelson-Icenogle, president of the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area. "We've chosen this style to allow time for as many questions from the audience as possible."
Clark's campaign said Friday a fourth debate in the Baraboo area has been proposed, but details are not yet available.
Olsen is one of six Republican senators targeted for recall by voters upset with their support of Gov. Scott Walker's bill to curtail collective bargaining for public employees. Three Democratic senators are also being targeted for fleeing to Illinois in an attempt to stall Walker's bill.
The election is Aug. 9.
• July 26, 7 p.m., Best Western Hotel, 2701 South Highway CX, Portage.
Questions: Send question suggestions by Wednesday to sponsor Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 70, Friendship, WI 53934. Or email questions to email@example.com.
• July 27, Waupaca, sponsored by the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce
• July 28, 7 p.m., Ripon, sponsored by the Ripon Area League of Women Voters. Ripon City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 Jackson St.