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State Senate candidate forum at Fetzer

May 18, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Candidates for the 20th state Senate district seat will answer questions at a public forum Thursday, May 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.

The district includes all of Kalamazoo County, plus Paw Paw and Antwerp townships in Van Buren County. Incumbent Sen. Tom George is term-limited and seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

Democratic candidates in the 20th are state Rep. Robert Jones of Kalamazoo, and Mark Totten of Oshtemo Township, an assistant professor of law at Michigan State University. The Republicans are state Rep. Larry DeShazor of Portage, state Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton, and former state Rep. Lorence Wenke of Comstock Township.

Each candidate will respond to two questions submitted in advance. Candidates will then respond to questions submitted by the audience as selected and read by the moderator. Each candidate will be allowed brief closing remarks.

Gordon Evans, Morning Edition anchor for public radio WMUK will moderate the forum.

An identical forum held May 18 featured six Democratic and Republican candidates for the 60th and 61st state House seats. WMU's Office of Legislative Affairs sponsored both forums.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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