2018 Virtual Candidate Forum


For Immediate Release: Virtual Candidate Forum for Aug. 7 Primary Launched

TRAVERSE CITY, MI ­­– Candidates for several local, state and federal offices across Northwest Michigan are highlighted in the 2018 Virtual Candidate Forum available now through the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber launched its latest version of its Virtual Candidate Forum in advance of the August 7 primary election. The Virtual Candidate Forum is available at: http://tcchamber.org/2018-virtual-candidate-forum/ 

The digital format highlights the candidates and includes their written responses to a series of questions on local regional, state and federal issues. They include candidates in the U.S. Senate Republican Primary, Michigan’s Governor’s race, the state Senate 35th and 37th districts, and state House of Representatives in the 101st, 104th, 107th and 108th districts. Candidates for the contested primary seats on the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners are also featured.

The Chamber Alliance debuted the Virtual Candidate Forum for the 2014 August primary election because of the large number of candidates in some of the area’s primary races. Because of the positive response from Chamber members and the public, the Traverse City Area Chamber and the Chamber Alliance have continued the digital forum in subsequent elections. The layout and format for the Virtual Candidate Forum was also upgraded this year with the help of Flight Path Creative in Traverse City, while the Chamber’s FUSE young professionals group assisted in preparing the questionnaire. The platform is supported by Cherryland Electric Cooperative.

“We’ve generated thousands of views through the Virtual Candidate Forum both from our membership and the general public,” said Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations for the Traverse City Area Chamber and Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. “It provides the candidates an opportunity to share information about themselves and expound on issues important to the region’s business community and the public. It’s also available on a platform that allows voters to learn about the candidates when it’s convenient for them to do so.”

Questions can be directed to Wood at (231) 995-7109 or kentw@tcchamber.org


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