Walkerville Thrives hosts ‘Meet the Candidates’ Thursday evening.

October 11, 2022

Walkerville Thrives hosts ‘Meet the Candidates’ Thursday evening.

WALKERVILLE — Walkerville Thrives is holding its eighth  “Meet the Candidates” event Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Walkerville Wesleyan Church’s gymnasium.  

Local citizens are encouraged to come and meet candidates who will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.  

Candidates or their representatives in contested races in November will address the audience by responding to the following three questions within a seven-minute time period.

  1.     Who are you and what position are you running for?
  2.     Why are you running?
  3.     What are your concerns and goals?

All candidates will be given the opportunity to socialize with community members before and during the 6 p.m. dinner of hot dogs, chips, lemonade and dessert. The dinner cost is a $3-$5 donation per person. Proceeds support Sisters in Services local missions.

At 6:30 p.m., candidates in contested races or their representatives will be called to the podium. Walkerville Public School Board of Education President George Wolgamott and Walkerville Public School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Joe Conkle will speak about the school’s bond proposal on the ballot.

The following are other people scheduled to speak at the event:

  •         Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s surrogate/representative
  •         Mary Buzuma – Governor candidate
  •         John Moolenaar Representative – 2nd District Rep.candidate
  •         Mary Ann Hering – Member of the State Board of Education candidate
  •         Joseph D. Fox – 101st District Rep. candidate
  •         Curt VanderWall – 102nd District Rep.candidate

The following people will be at the event and are not scheduled tp speak:

  •         David Spitler – Oceana County Road commissioner 
  •         Mark D. Platt, Hart Public Schools superintendent – Hart Public School operating millage proposal

Information and proposal tables:

  •         Oceana County GOP
  •         State proposals 1-3

The moderator will announce non-contested race candidates attending, so attendees know they are available to speak with them.

Candidates and those with information on proposals may have an information table with promotional material. Contact Deanna Helmlinger at (231) 873-1295 if you have proposal information to share.

Follow this event on the Walkerville Thrives Facebook page to stay updated.

Walkerville Thrives is a non-profit community development group serving six townships in Oceana and Newaygo counties — Colfax, Crystal, Elbridge, Leavitt, Troy and Beaver. 

“Our cause is to improve the quality of life in the area of Walkerville and surrounding townships,” states a press release. “Our purpose is guiding positive growth through 1) seeking funding to implement projects, 2) promoting businesses and increasing their visibility, and 3) growing and maintaining community assets.”

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