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Michigan Radio to sponsor events with Michigan candidates

Michigan Radio is teaming up with The Center for Michigan and MLive Media Group to bring voters a series of unique events this election season.

Ballot Bash 2014 will give voters the chance to watch live and in person as Michigan’s candidates for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and U.S. Senate answer questions from the statewide M Live editorial board. They will also be able to hear perspectives on the election with political reporters from Michigan Radio, The Center for Michigan and M Live Media Group.

There will be three evening events — one each in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Royal Oak.  The format will be upbeat, with live music and refreshments. Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy will serve as emcee for the events.

Although the events are free, advance registration will be required and tickets will be necessary to gain entry. Registration is available by following the links shown below.

The candidate schedule is as follows:

Oct. 6, 5-9 p.m. – Location: MLive/Grand Rapids Press hub, Grand Rapids 


Gov. Rick Snyder (R)

U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land (R)

Attorney General Bill Schuette (R)

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (R)

Listen to audio from this event below.

Oct. 9, 6-9:30 p.m. – Location: Midtown Brewing Company, Lansing 


Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer (D)

Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard (D)

Ballot Bash From: Oct. 9, 2014 – Location: Midtown Brewing Company, Lansing

Oct. 14, 6-9:30 p.m. – Location: Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Royal Oak 


U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters (D)

Attorney General candidate Mark Totten (D) 

Click here to register.

These events will provide the public with an opportunity to see the candidates in person and learn more about their positions on important issues affecting Michigan, in an informal atmosphere. Following the candidate interviews, there will be a media panel discussion that will include questions from the audience.

The events will also be livestreamed and video archived.

Steve is Michigan Public's Marketing Director. His job involves coordinating the station’s marketing, communication and public relations efforts, special events, car donation program and community & media partnerships.