Update: Candidates Commit to Attend May 12th Gubernatorial Forum

ANN ARBOR – Three candidates have stepped up to address the connection between energy and natural resource policy and Michigan’s economic future by committing to attend the May 12th Gubernatorial Forum at Central Michigan University sponsored by a partnership between the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Radio, ConservAmerica and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Education Fund.

Republican businessman Rick Snyder, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and State Representative Alma Wheeler Smith (HD-54), both Democrats, have all accepted the invitation. Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra has declined the invitation. As more candidates commit to participate the Michigan LCV Education Fund’s dedicated website at www.michiganlcvedfund.org/GubernatorialForum will be updated. This site also provides details and information about the forum.

The forum will focus on three key challenges facing the next governor — rebuilding the state economy, creating jobs, and safeguarding Michigan’s natural resources. The moderated, non-partisan forum will be broadcast live from 7-9 p.m. on Michigan Radio and all other public radio stations and played on a delayed basis on many statewide public television stations, and live-streamed over the Internet at the Detroit Free Press and 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.

The filing deadline for major party candidates is May 11.

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 www.michiganlcvedfund.org/GubernatorialForum. 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 time 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.

Contact: Kerry Duggan, (734) 846-0093 or kerry@archive2016.michiganlcv.org