WMU News

City Commission candidates participate in forum

Oct. 15, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A forum featuring candidates for the upcoming Kalamazoo City Commission election will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, on the Western Michigan University campus in Room 1005 of the Fetzer Center.

The Nov. 4 election will involve nine candidates running for seven openings on the commission. The candidate who receives the largest number of votes will be mayor-elect, the person with the second largest total will become vice mayor, and the third largest vote getter will join the mayor and vice mayor as a representative on the three-person administrative committee.

"This event will be a great opportunity for Kalamazoo residents and WMU students to ask questions and assess potential commissioners' positions," says Dr. Susan Hoffmann, assistant professor of political science.

Hoffmann and Gordon Evans of Public Radio station WMUK will serve as moderators. The forum's format will include opening statements by the nine candidates. The audience will then have the opportunity to ask candidates questions through note cards passed to the moderators.

The forum is sponsored by the Department of Political Science's Institute for Government and Politics, and the Western Student Association. For more information call (269) 387-5692.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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