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Politics & Government

Michigan Radio to co-host Grand Rapids Mayoral Candidate Forum

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Michigan Radio, The Grand Rapids Press and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters  will host a Grand Rapids mayoral candidate forum at the Grand Rapids Public Museum at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. All four mayoral candidates, including Rosalynn Bliss, Robert Dean, John George and Willard Lee, will participate.

The format of the forum will be town-hall style, with each candidate given the opportunity to make an opening statement, followed by a question-and-answer session.  The event will be moderated by Jennifer White, All Things Considered Host for Michigan Radio. Questions will be asked by Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio West Michigan reporter and Matt Vande Bunte, The Grand Rapids Press government reporter. The forum will be free and open to the public.

“By hosting this event, we hope we can help more people become active participants in our democracy and give candidates a forum to share their vision for a strong, vibrant Grand Rapids,"  said Zoe Clark, Executive Producer for Michigan Radio.  "We’re proud to be partners in this event and will livestream the forum in its entirety on our website to ensure broad coverage and access.”

The forum comes weeks ahead of the August 4 primary election. Following the passage of term limits for Grand Rapids’ local elected office-holders, Mayor George Heartwell’s final term will conclude at the end of this year.