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Secretary of State candidates spar over wait times and government transparency

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The Secretary of State says local jurisdictions and school districts in 82 of Michigan's 83 counties are conducting elections today.

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Secretary of State sparred in a debate Friday.

Both candidates presented their credentials and made their case for why they are the best person to run the office in charge of Michigan’s voting and driving.

The candidates sparred over each other’s campaign promises.

Democratic candidate Jocelyn Benson promises a 30-minute wait time at Secretary of State offices.

“This is just about doing better for our citizens and saying, ‘hold me accountable,’” she said.

But Republican candidate Mary Treder Lang calls the promise a gimmick.

“This is not a pizza delivery place,” she said.

Lang and Benson agree on at least one thing. Michigan residents shouldn’t have to pay more to drive on bad roads. But depending on who the state’s next governor is, they may have a problem with that campaign promise. The next governor might want to increase user fees to pay for Michigan’s crumbling roads.

Candidates for the Libertarian and U.S. Taxpayers parties are also on the ballot for Secretary of State.