For Immediate Release:

Partnership announces May 12th Nonpartisan Gubernatorial Forum

ANN ARBOR – The first candidates’ forum following the filing deadline in the 2010 race for governor will be held May 12 at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant sponsored by a partnership of the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Radio, ConservAmerica and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Education Fund. The two-hour forum will focus on three key challenges facing the next governor — rebuilding the state economy, creating jobs and safeguarding Michigan’s natural resources.

The filing deadline for major party candidates is May 11.

The moderated, non-partisan forum will be broadcast live from 7-9 p.m. on Michigan Radio and played on statewide public television and live-streamed over the Internet at the Free Press and the Michigan Radio websites. The forum will afford the candidates an opportunity to address the critical connection between economic and environmental issues, and the best public policies in both of these high-stakes areas. Invitations have gone out to candidates with the final forum lineup to be determined at the filing deadline.

The forum at CMU’s Plachta Auditorium will be free and open to the public on a first-come basis.

The public is invited to propose questions for the candidates in the forum. Questions that are suitable for all candidates can be submitted beginning February 1st at For a question to be considered, please include your name, hometown and contact information in case clarification is needed. The authors of questions used during the forum will be identified on the air.

The 2010 forum follows a similar, successful event, sponsored by the Michigan LCV Education Fund, the Free Press and Michigan Radio/TV that kicked off the 2002 governor’s race, the last year in which the job was open, with no incumbent eligible to run. The pre-primary 2002 forum drew an audience of 800 people to Brighton High School and was covered by 25 media outlets.

“At a critical time in Michigan, candidates who would lead this state must afford the voting public every opportunity to know their views on issues of vital importance to our future,” said Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. “Michigan’s economy can’t afford a governor who doesn’t understand the simple truth behind our state’s Pure Michigan ads: protecting our natural resources creates a healthier economy.”

The May 12 forum promises to raise the curtain on the most important election in recent Michigan history and enable the voting public to start the process of making well-informed choices in the August 3 primary and the November 2 general election.

Contact: Kerry Duggan, (734) 846-0093 or

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