Candidates speak at public presentation
A meet the candidates night was held at Siena Heights University Thursday evening, July 19, with presentations by office-seekers of special interest to Tecumseh area voters. The event was sponsored and moderated by NAACP Lenawee County Branch No. 3162.
The first speaker of the evening was Ruben Marquez, who is running for State Representative, 64th District, in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6. Marquez took questions from the moderator and the audience that touched on many subjects. Many of the questions centered on public education, specifically teachers, wages, and funding for schools. Marquez responded that he felt not enough was being done by the current legislature to support public school systems and said that he would make adequate funding one of his priorities if he is elected. Health care was also a topic addressed by most of the candidates during the course of the evening.
Harvey Schmidt and Jim Berryman were next on the stage. The two are vying in the Tuesday, Aug. 7, primary election to become the Democratic candidate for State Representative, District 57. The winner in the primary will face current State Representative Nancy Jenkins (R), who was invited to attend the event but declined.
Schmidt and Berryman had opening statements and then took questions from the floor answering each question in turn, alternating in who responded first. Again, many of the questions involved public education and health care and, in general, the two candidates were in agreement on many issues, if not on how solutions to problems confronting the state legislature should be implemented. Both highlighted their service records, Schmidt served 10 years as the mayor of Tecumseh and Berryman as an eight-year veteran of the State Senate.
County Commission seats will be on the ballot in the November election and District One, which includes the Tecumseh area, is currently served by incumbent Commissioner David Stimpson. He is being challenged by Gayle Kaiser. Both candidates are from Tecumseh.
County Commission candidates were seated at a long table on the stage and were given an opportunity to make opening statements and respond to questions from the moderator and audience members.