Candidate Forums 2024

This Election Season, Attend a Michigan’s Children Candidate Forum near You

Once again Michigan’s Children is working with its partners across the state to host youth-led and family-led candidate forums in which we lift up issues most important to Michigan’s children, youth, and families. This election cycle, our fifth hosting these events, voters will elect a new U.S. Senator, 13 members of the U.S. House, and 110 members of the Michigan House, besides determining 15 Electoral College votes for president.

Please come back to this site often as we announce newly added scheduled forums led by ordinary people impacted by the decisions of our elected officials. Questions posed to candidates at these forums promise to reflect the personal experiences and challenges of youth and families in their communities and statewide. See voting information below and on

Primary dates to remember: Primary day this year falls on August 6, with absentee ballots available June 27. The state now guarantees nine days of early voting, and wider access to absentee voting. The early voting period is July 27 – August 4. The deadline to register to vote in the primary online or by mail is July 22.

General election dates to remember: The general election takes place on November 5 with absentee ballots available beginning September 26. Early voting is October 26 – November 3. New voter registrations are required in person for the November election on October 22 – November 5.

The Children’s Center, Detroit

July 18, 2024 (6-8 pm)
The Children’s Center, 79 Alexandrine West, Detroit, 48201
Youth-led, Family-led
Sponsors: The Children’s Center, Congress of Communities, Michigan’s Children
Invited Candidates: 13th Congressional District, State House Districts 1, 3, 7, 9, 16

Peckham Candidate Forum

Oct. 1, 2024 (4-5:30 pm)
Downtown Lansing (location tba)
Sponsors: Peckham Youth Services, the Michigan Center for Youth Justice, Michigan’s Children
Invited Candidates: 7th Congressional District, and State House Districts 74 and 77