Candidates for Wisconsin governor share priorities at 2022 Maple Leaf Parade

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — La Crosse’s Maple Leaf Parade provided a chance for candidates to put their faces before the crowd.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who is a Democrat running for re-election in November, and his opponent Tim Michels, who is a Republican, made a visit to see La Crosse’s 61st Oktoberfest and get their messages out to the public.

Evers told News 8 Now that, if elected, he plans to propose legalizing recreational marijuana.

“The people of Wisconsin, time after time, have indicated through poll and referendum that they’ve had locally, that they want recreational marijuana,” Evers said.

He said if it is legalized, marijuana would be regulated similar to alcohol.

Michels, who was also on the parade route, said crowds have been high energy.

“The number one reaction that I got when I was on the parade route was, ‘Tim, thank you for running. I am so ready for a change. I don’t like the direction of government, I don’t like our current governor, he is a weak leader. I am ready for strong leadership; I’m ready for a governor who is proven to be successful,'” Michels said.

As of Saturday, Evers and Michels will only debate once before the November election.

That debate is set for Friday, Oct. 14.