2018 Candidate Forums

Michigan’s Children 2018 Youth- and Family-Led Candidate Forums

Nearly 22 percent of Michigan’s residents are too young to vote, but their interests and their issues matter to our state’s future. Through the 2018 Election season, Michigan’s Children is listening to what candidates are saying and trying to engage more informed voters. However, we don’t often hear candidates talk about many issues that matter to children, youth and families. To remedy this, we are conducting a series of forums in different areas of the state led by youth and parents asking the important questions to Michigan candidates. These forums are presented as a non-partisan activity.

 

 

Michigan Families Make Kids Their Primary Priority

 

dsc_0059Michigan’s Children’s Sandbox Party’s first two candidate forums of the 2018 season took place from shore to shore on July 25. First, we went to the Zeeland Early Childhood Center, where parents of young children posed questions for candidates for state House and Senate. Then we traveled back to The Children’s Center in Detroit, where parents and other concerned community members listened while candidates for Congress and the State Senate explained why they were the right people to lead policy efforts in their area. Their questions focused on issues of child care, transportation and housing, mental health and education and more.
Read our story covering the day’s events
Read Michele’s Blog Take-Aways From the Day
Participating Candidates at the Zeeland Early Childhood Center
Participating Candidates at The Children’s Center

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Bay City Candidate Forum

Date: Monday, October 15
Location: Boys and Girls Club of the Great Lakes Bay Region
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Invited candidates:
31st State Senate
96th and 98th State House
Event Partners:
Bay-Arenac ISD
Bay City Public Schools 21st Century After-School Program
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region
Michigan After-School Partnership (MASP)

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Capitol Area Candidate Forum

Date: Tuesday, October 16
Location: Lansing Community College
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Invited candidates:
8th Congressional
23rd and 24th State Senate
68th State House
Event Partners:
Fostering Stars, Lansing Community College
Fostering Success Michigan
Ingham Academy, Ingham County Circuit Court
Peckham, Inc.

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Oakland County Foster Care Candidate Forum

Date: TBD
Location: The New Foster Care
Time: TBD
Invited candidates:
12th and 13th State Senate
40th and 41st State House
Event Partners:
Bethany Christian Services
Fostering Success Michigan
Judson Center
The New Foster Care
Oakland University
Vista Maria
Wayne State University

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Newaygo Candidate Forum

Date: Friday, October 19
Location: TBD
Time: 9:30am – 11am
Invited candidates:
34th State Senate
100th State House
Event Partners:
Fremont Area Community Foundation
Newaygo High School
True North Community Services
Michigan After-School Partnership (MASP)

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Kent County Candidate Forum

Date: Monday, October 22
Location: Wyoming Community Education
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Invited candidates:
28th and 29th State Senate
75th, 76th, and 77th State House
Event Partners:
Kent ISD Adult Education
Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education (MACAE)

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Holland General Candidate Forum

Date: Monday, October 22
Location: Holland MidTown Center
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Invited candidates:
30th State Senate
90th State House
Event Partners:
Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education (MACAE)
Zeeland/Holland Adult Education
Zeeland Public Schools

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Novi Candidate Forum

Date: Tuesday, October 23
Location: Novi Middle School
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Invited candidates:
11th Congressional
15th State Senate
38th and 39th State House
Event Partners:
Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education (MACAE)
Novi Community Education

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Adrian Candidate Forum

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Location: Jackson College/LISD Tech Center
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Invited candidates:
7th Congressional
17th State Senate
57th and 65th State House
Event Partners:
Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education (MACAE)
Michigan Works Southeast

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Adrian Candidate Forum

Date: Monday, October 29
Location: TBD
Time: TBD
Invited candidates:
20th State Senate
60th and 61st State House
Event Partners:
ASK Family Services
Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYDNet)

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Learn more about Michigan’s Children’s 2016 youth-led candidate forums.

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