NCMC to Host State Senate and House Candidate Forums on September 26


PETOSKEY – To help voters in Emmet and Charlevoix counties learn more about their potential candidates in the states ahead of the Nov. 8 election, the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Charlevoix Region Chamber of Commerce are are partnering with North Central Michigan College to host an Applicant Forum.

The forum and meet-and-greet event will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26 at the Iron Horse Café at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. The meeting and reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend and will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person.

Organizers say they have invited candidates for the 37th State Senate race, the 107th State House race, the Emmet County Commission and Charlevoix County Commission races. Candidates for county commission races will participate in the meet and greet only, while other candidates will also participate in a moderated forum.

Nikki Devitt, President of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Sarah Van Horn, President of the Charlevoix Region Chamber of Commerce, are leading the forum’s coordination efforts. They emphasize that the event is designed to be impartial and non-partisan.

“The goal is to give people an unbiased representation of the candidates to help them with their decision-making as they prepare to vote,” Devitt said. “The event will be fair and balanced, so voters can make their own choices.”

“All questions have been carefully designed to be fair to all participants,” added Van Horn. “No questions will be allowed from the public, so if a voter has a specific question or issue they would like to discuss, they are welcome to come to the informal meet and greet session and speak directly to the candidates. ”

After:Michigan State House 2022 – District 107 Republican Primary Results

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After:Damoose, Conley win primary races for 37th State Senate

John Damois

Republican nominee John Damoose and Democratic nominee Barb Conley won their respective parties’ nominations for the state’s 37th Senate seat in the Aug. 2 primary election.

In a crowded field that included three other Republican candidates, Damoose won by 41.2% with a total of 18,243 votes.

Barb Conley

Conley ran against two other candidates and won by 86.4% with 25,411 total votes.

The 37th State Senate area includes the northernmost portions of the Lower Peninsula and the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula, as well as all or parts of counties Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Grand Traverse and Mackinac.

After:Neil Friske of Charlevoix wins the primary election for the seat of the 107th Chamber

Neil Friske

Neil Friske of Charlevoix won the 107th race for the House of Representatives in the Republican primary.

The district includes the counties of Charlevoix, Emmet and portions of Mackinac and Chippewa.

The primary election had one of the largest fields of candidates in recent memory for the 107th House district, with five candidates running on the Republican ticket and one as a Democrat.

Jodi Decker

Due to state redistricting, the 107th House District was an open seat with no incumbent. There was one candidate who ran for the job in the Democratic primary on August 2 – Jodi Decker.

General elections will be held on November 8.

After:Candidates vie for state Senate and House seats in local forum

After:2022 Michigan Election Results

Contact journalist Annie Doyle at (231) 675-0099 or [email protected]


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