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Primary candidates address voters at public forum

July 25, 2018 GMT

Fiscal responsibility, civic engagement, economic development and infrastructure were some of the issues discussed by primary candidates Tuesday evening during a public forum for primary candidates at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

Candidates vying for positions in contested state and local races leading up to the Aug. 7 primary took the stage Tuesday to answer questions about their views and platforms in a candidate forum sponsored by the Daily News and the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce.

More than 100 people came to hear candidates running for Ludington’s Fourth Ward councilor seat, the Mason County Commission’s 7th district, Democratic and Republican candidates for 101st District State House and Republican candidates for the 35th State Senate district seat.

Moderator Steve Begnoche said a few words of welcome to the crowd.

“Running for elected office takes time and effort and a willingness to put one’s ideas before public scrutiny,” Begnoche said. “We thank our candidates for coming.”


Begnoche urged attendees to visit the Michigan Secretary of State website at and view their ballots prior to the primary election.

Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly spoke to the crowd about what would be different about this election, noting that new election software that will be in place, as well as the first-time appearance of the Libertarian party on the state ballot.

See Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions for the full story and more coverage on the candidate forum.