Greenville hosts political forums Oct. 18 and Oct. 23

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:31 am on Monday, October 22, 2012

GREENVILLE — This city will be home to two political forums this month at the same location.

Tim Skubick

Tim Skubick, anchor and producer of the weekly television series “Off the Record” is hosting a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. He will offer his own insights about political candidates and aims to help participants understand a variety of issues in his own entertaining way.

The free event will take place in room M129 of the Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology & Learning Center (formerly M-TEC) at 1325 Yellow Jacket Drive.

A “Live! Candidate Q&A” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, also at the Ash building in Greenville. A meet and greet will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to the forum.

Rick Albin

Candidates for local and state races will participate in the forum, which will be hosted by WOOD TV 8 political reporter Rick Albin and Greenville High School Advanced Placement government students.

Invited candidates include U.S. House District 3 candidates Justin Amash and Steve Petska, U.S. House District 4 candidates Dave Camp and Debra Friedell Wirth, 70th District State House candidates Mike Huckleberry and Rick Outman, Montcalm County drain commissioner candidates Shane Jacobs and Sandy Raines, Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1 candidates Ron Blanding and Dale Reyburn, Eureka Township Board supervisor candidates Les Lillie and Laura Shears, Montcalm Township Board supervisor candidates Michael Adams and Ron Trachet and Montcalm Township Board trustee candidates Stephen Hole and Steve Sprauge.

The free event is a chance for voters to educate themselves on candidate’s positions before going to the polls on Nov. 6.

“In our area, it’s pretty rare to have all of these candidates personally accessible in the same place, at the same time, for direct questioning,” said Candy Kerschen, co-executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is your chance to see how well they think on their feet, how well they can articulate their positions, and their depth of knowledge on the topics, budgets and priorities.

The Oct. 23 event is sponsored by The Daily News, EightCAP Inc., Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and Montcalm Community College.

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