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Gov. Snyder draws supporters and opponents to Kalamazoo town hall event

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The race for Michigan governor is moving into its final weeks.

Gov. Rick Snyder held the first of 10 town hall events last night in Kalamazoo on the campus of Western Michigan University.


Snyder was greeted by a group that wants to make him a one-term governor.  Protester JoeAnne Peterson is a retired teacher who's angry with the governor for several reasons, including right-to-work laws and increasing taxes on Michigan pensioners.

“I do have a right to say you took. You didn’t ask,” Peterson said.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) speaks to a largely supportive crowd during a 'town hall' re-election campaign in Kalamazoo

Inside the WMU student center, Gov. Snyder defended his record on right-to-work laws, taxes, and education spending to a largely supportive group of more than 100 people.

Snyder insists he’s been committed to leading Michigan on the road to recovery. He pointed to the growth in jobs and home values as signs his policies are working.

Despite the largely partisan crowd, Snyder says his town hall-style events are intended to give uncommitted voters a chance to ask questions.

“There’s so many misperceptions. So many lies out there. Having forums like this lets real people ask real questions,” says Snyder.  

Undecided voters will be key in November. Polls show the race between Republican incumbent Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer are still close.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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