State House, Senate forum to take place July 30 in Spring Lake

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM

SPRING LAKE — Local voters will have another opportunity to hear what the candidates who are vying for the Republican Party’s nomination in the Aug. 7 state primary election have to say.

The local chapter of the League of Women Voters will host a candidates forum Monday, July 30, at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St.

The candidates running for their party’s nomination for the state Senate 30th District and the state House 89th District have been invited to participate in the forum moderated by the Grand Haven Area League of Women Voters. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s an earlier start so that we can get a little bit more time,” said the league’s Sue Robertson.

All of the Republican candidates for the Senate seat — Joe Haveman, Daniela Garcia, Roger Victory and Rett DeBoer — have been invited to attend.

Beverly Zimmerman, who is challenging state Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, in the GOP primary will also participate.

“Mr. Lilly has declined to attend, but Beverly Zimmerman will be there,” Robertson said. “The four Senate candidates have indicated that they will also attend.”

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates for office or political parties. The league encourages informed and active participation in government through education and advocacy. The league invites voters to take advantage of the forum to learn where the candidates agree and differ on matters that will impact Ottawa County.

Robertson noted that the event will follow the usual format of allowing candidates to make opening remarks, providing a series of questions to answer in a timed manner and then allowing closing remarks.

Following the primary election, all of the candidates appearing on the Nov. 6 general election ballot will be invited to participate in a league-sponsored forum in September at the Grand Haven Community Center.

The fall forum will take place shortly after the absentee voter ballot applications are available, Robertson noted. It will give people who vote absentee the chance to learn about the candidates early enough so that they can make an informed decision.

Robertson noted that this wasn’t something they were able to make happen early enough for the primary election.

“A lot of people have already voted,” she said.

The winners of the August primary will be on the Nov. 6 ballot along with state Senate candidates Jeanette Schipper (Democrat) and Mary Buzuma (Libertarian), and state House hopeful Jerry Sias (Democrat).

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