ONTONAGON, HANCOCK -- Two candidate forums will be held soon in Ontonagon and Houghton counties to allow candidates from opposing parties in contested races to speak to the public. The Ontonagon County Republican and Democratic parties will sponsor a forum on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Ontonagon High School Cafeteria, 701 Parker Ave. in Ontonagon. In Houghton County the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Lakeview Manor Community Room, 1401 Quincy Street, Hancock.
Ontonagon County forum to include 1st District U.S. Congressional candidates and 110th District State Rep candidates
The candidate forum sponsored by the Ontonagon County Republican and Democratic parties will begin at 6 p.m. ET with a "meet and greet," which will give voters the
opportunity to meet forum candidates as well as candidates in Ontonagon
County contested races.
The forum begins at 7 p.m. ET and will include 1st Congressional District candidates Lon Johnson (D) and Jack Bergman (R) and Michigan’s 110th District State Representative candidates Scott Dianda (D) Greg Markkanen (R). The forum moderator is Ontonagon District Court and Probate Judge, Janis Burgess.
"We are excited that the candidates are making time to meet with voters to share their views," said Roger Halquist, chair of the Ontonagon County Democratic Party.
The Chairman of the Ontonagon County Republican Party, Bob Niemela, remarked, "It's refreshing to see both our Ontonagon County Republican Party and the Ontonagon County Democratic Party work together to host this Candidates Forum, especially in such a heated campaign on a national level."
Bergman and Johnson are running for the seat being vacated by Dr. Dan Benishek of Iron River. Republican Greg Markkanen is challenging incumbent 110th District State Representative Scott Dianda, who was first elected in 2012.
League of Women Voters welcomes questions for Sept. 29 candidate forum
The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Lakeview Manor Community Room, 1401 Quincy Street, Hancock. Candidates in the following contested races have been invited to the forum: 110th District State Rep race, Sheriff Race, Prosecutor Race, and contested County Commissioners. If you have questions for the candidates please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions will be submitted to the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country. All questions will remain anonymous.