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.

Come to our forums and hear your community’s candidates for office discuss issues with youth and families!

 

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
Candidates Attending:
Kevin Daley, 31st State Senate
Susan Kay Kowalski, 96th State House
Annette Glenn and Sarah Schulz, 98th State House
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)
The Rock Youth Development Center
Read the local press release here.
Read our story covering the day’s events here.
Click photos of the event here.
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Capitol Area Candidate Forum

Date: Tuesday, October 16
Candidates Attending:
Curtis Hertel, Jr., 23rd State Senate
Katie Nepton, 24th State Senate
Sarah Anthony, 68th State House
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.
Read the local press release here.
Read our story covering the day’s events here.
Click photos of the event here.

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Oakland County Foster Care Candidate Forum

Date: Thursday, October 18
Candidates Attending
Bill Schuette and Garlin Gilchrist II (Representing Gretchen Whitmer), Governor
Tori Sachs (Representing John James), U.S. Senate
Michael McCready and Jeff Pittel, 12th State Senate
Marty Knollenberg and Mallory McMorrow, 13th State Senate
David Wolkinson and Mari Manoogian, 40th State House
Doug Tietz and Padma Kuppa, 41st State House
Michael Webber and Kyle Cooper, 45th State House
Location: Oakland University, Rochester
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Invited candidates:
12th and 13th State Senate
40th, 41st State House and 45th House district
Event Partners:
Bethany Christian Services
Fostering Success Michigan
Judson Center
The New Foster Care
Oakland University
Vista Maria
Wayne State University
Read the local press release here.
Read our story covering the day’s events here.
Click photos of the event here.
View the entire recorded forum here.

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Newaygo Candidate Forum

Date: Friday, October 19
Candidates Attending
Jon Bumstead, Poppy Sias-Hernandez and Max Riekse, 34th State Senate
Scott VanSingel and Sandy Clarke, 100th State House
Location: Dogwood Center for Performing Arts
Time: 9:30am – 11am
Invited candidates:
34th State Senate
100th State House
Event Partners:
Fremont Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council
Newaygo High School
Grant High School
Project Focus, a True North Community Services initiative
Michigan After-School Partnership (MASP)
Read the local press release here.
Read our story covering the day’s events here.
Click photos of the event here.
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Kent County Candidate Forum

Date: Monday, October 22
Candidates Attending:
Craig Beach and Nathan Hewer, 28th State Senate
Daniel Allen Schutte and David LaGrand, 75th State House
Rachel Hood, 76th State House
Tommy Brann, and Patty Malowney, 77th State House
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)
Read the local press release here.
Read our story covering the day’s events here.
Click photos of the event here.

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Holland Area Candidate Conversation

Date: Tuesday, October 30
Candidates Attending:
Mary Buzuma, Jeanette Schipper and Roger Victory, 30th State Senate
Christopher Banks, 90th State House
Location: Holland MidTown Center
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Invited candidates:
30th State Senate
90th State House
Event Partners:
Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education (MACAE)
Zeeland/Holland Adult Education
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Novi Candidate Forum

Date: Tuesday, October 23
Candidates Attending:
Haley Stevens, 11th Congressional District
Julia Pulver, 15th State Senate
Kathy Crawford, and Kelly Breen, 38th State House
Anthony Croff, 39th State House
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
Read the local press release here.
Click photos of the event here.

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Adrian/Lenawee Candidate Forum

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Candidates Attending:
Gretchen Driskell, 7th Congressional District
Bill LaVoy, 17th State Senate
Amber Pedersen, 57th State House
Terri McKinnon and Jason Rees, 65th State House

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

Read the local press release here.

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Kalamazoo Candidate Forum

Date: Monday, October 29
Candidates Attending:
Sean McCann, 20th State Senate
Jon Hoadley, 60th State House
Alberta Griffin, 61st State House
Location: Kirsch Auditorium at the Fetzer Center, WMU, 2251 Business Court. Kalamazoo
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Invited candidates:
20th State Senate
60th and 61st State House
Event Partners:
ASK Family Services
Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYDNet)
Read the local press release here
Read our story covering the day’s events here.

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