Ontonagon set to welcome governor candidates


For over a month, volunteers of the Ontonagon County Republican Party have been working on the details necessary to setup this Saturday’s Ontonagon Town Hall meeting. The meeting will feature three of the four Republican candidates for Michigan governor in attendance.

The meeting will take place at the Ontonagon School at 701 Parker Avenue and is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Attending the meeting will be State Senator Pat Colbeck, Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and Dr. Jim Hines.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was also invited, but one of his campaign staff members, Carter Bundy, stated that Schuette will not attend.

When organizers of the meeting began planning for this event, it was the only appearance of three of the gubernatorial candidates appearing together in the Upper Peninsula. Since then, another event has just been planned for this Saturday night in Escanaba.

The meeting will also give 38th State Senate Candidates, Ed McBroom and Mike Carey, the chance to open the proceedings. Also at the gathering to talk to the public will be 110th State Representative candidates, Greg Markkanen and Kirk Schott.

While all of the candidates present will have the chance to talk to the public before and after the meeting, the public will have the chance to talk strictly to the governor candidates beforehand.

People wanting to ask questions during the meeting will submit their name when entering. Random names will be drawn to ask all three governor candidates a question.

Doors to the school will open at 10 a.m., giving the public and the candidates an hour before the meeting to interact.

“We’re anticipating people from throughout the western U.P. to attend, as this is a great opportunity to meet three Michigan governor candidates,” said Ted Baird, who will serve as moderator for the meeting. “It’s not too often that Ontonagon has one, much less, three governor candidates come to our community.”

The meeting will be streamed live on YouTube by Jason Asselin of Iron Mountain.