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Wisconsin Union Battle Casts Shadow Over Local Races

MADISON, Wis. — When the race for Green Bay mayor began months ago, the main issues looked clear-cut: planning downtown development, dealing with dwindling state aid and debating whether the city should have spent millions to build a r…

MADISON, Wis. — When the race for Green Bay mayor began months ago, the main issues looked clear-cut: planning downtown development, dealing with dwindling state aid and debating whether the city should have spent millions to build a replica of Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster.

But after Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s battle with public employee unions erupted, the constant uproar at the Capitol in Madison quickly became the only thing anyone wanted to talk about. Suddenly challenger Patrick Evans’ campaign strategy fell apart.

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