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WMU hosts city commission candidate forum Tuesday

by Deanne Puca

Oct. 19, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of voter parking sign at Western Michigan University.
Many WMU students vote at the Bernhard Center.
KALAMAZOO--Candidates vying to win seats on the Kalamazoo City Commission during next month's election will square off in a public forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.

Sponsored by the Western Student Association and the WMU Institute of Government and Politics, the free event will be moderated by Gordon Evans of WMUK-FM, WMU's public radio station.

Fourteen candidates are running to win one of seven two-year City Commission seats in the Nov. 8 election.

Questions will come from those written on cards by audience members, and others prepared ahead of the forum by WSA, students in Dr. David Houghton's current urban politics class, and from suggestions submitted through a WSA social media site.

In the first round of questions, all candidates will answer the same question. In subsequent rounds, each person will be asked a different question. Candidates will have 60 seconds to answer each question, except in the final round, in which each candidate will have 90 seconds.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hoffmann, director of the Institute of Government and Politics, at or (269)387-5692.

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Visit Kalamazoo Area League of Women Voters for candidate information.