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Politics & Government

Listen: Grand Rapids mayoral debate

The primary election for Grand Rapids' new mayor will take place next Tuesday
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All four Grand Rapids mayoral candidates, Rosalynn Bliss, Robert Dean, John George and Willard participated in a town-hall style forum hosted by Michigan Radio, The Grand Rapids Press and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Each candidate was given the opportunity to make an opening statement, followed by a question-and-answer session. The event was moderated by Zoe Clark, Executive Producer for Stateside on Michigan Radio, and questions will be asked by Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio West Michigan reporter and Matt Vande Bunte, The Grand Rapids Press government reporter.

The forum was free and open to the public. The primary election will be held August 4. 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.