Town Hall: Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates to visit Ontongon

Skip Schulz/For the Gazette Michigan gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck is one of three candidates who will participate in a town hall meeting in Ontonagon next month.

It is not that often that a candidate for governor in the state of Michigan comes to Ontonagon, let alone three. That is exactly what will happen Feb. 17.

Three candidates for Michigan’s highest elected state office will be participating in an Ontonagon town hall meeting, along with candidates running for the state senate and representatives.

The event will take place at the Ontonagon School. The event, which will start at 11 a.m., is hosted by the Ontonagon County Republican Party.

Participating in the event will be Patrick Colbeck, Brian Calley, and Dr. Jim Hines.

Other participants in the town hall will be candidates for Michigan’s 38th state senate seat. This includes Ed McBroom and Mike Carey.

Candidates for the 110th State Representative seat, Dr. Kirk Schott and Greg Markkanen, will also participate in the discussion.

“I think this town hall meeting will provide a great opportunity for the people of Ontonagon County to meet, and ask questions of, the Republican candidates for Governor, for the 110th State representative district, and for the 38th senate district,” said Ted Baird, who will serve as moderator for the event. “This town hall meeting also provides the candidates with an opportunity to hear what issues are important to the people of Ontonagon County.”

It is not common for three candidates for governor to be together at a town hall setting, in the western Upper Peninsula. With each having different campaign schedules, the Ontonagon County Republican Party will focus on this event at this coming Thursday night’s monthly meeting.

Party activists will go over the format for the town hall with an emphasis on allowing those attending to ask the candidates questions, while still giving those candidates the opportunity to state what their priorities for the state are.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to compare our principled solutions with the other Republican campaigns in the race, showing that our campaign of bold colors will finally take Michigan back in the right direction,” stated Colbeck. “Our state’s future is hanging in the balance, and it is vital that Michiganders know exactly what they’re voting for when they go to the polls.”

Republican candidate Bill Schuette was invited to the event, but has not responded as to whether he will or will not attend.

Event organizers expect people from all over the western Upper Peninsula to attend. The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.