Patrick Center

Patrick  joined WGVU in December, 2008, after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News Director, Patrick manages our daily news operation. An award winning reporter, Patrick is an EMMY Award nominee and was named Best Individual Reporter by the Michigan Associated Press and presented with the Best Individual Reporter Merit Award by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. . He remains loyal to his boyhood professional sports teams: Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. Although he grew up in the "buckeye" state, he has fallen in love with the people and natural resources of West Michigan.

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The results of a statewide poll asking Democratic and Republican primary voters which of the gubernatorial candidates they’d vote for have been released. WGVU breaks down the latest survey heading into Michigan’s August 7th primary.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed more than 1,400 likely Michigan voters asking who they have “already voted for by absentee ballot, or intend to vote for on Election Day?”

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Libertarian John Tatar three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “I want to bring industry back to Michigan. We used to be the leading industry of the nation. We can bring technology back in. We can bring industry back in and that will bring jobs and that will expand the economy.”

Q: How would you improve the state’s educational outcomes?

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 turns its attention to the state’s Senate primary races. WGVU catches up with the three Democrats running for Michigan’s 28th Senate district seat.

“If you’re doing everything right and you find that you’re working harder and harder to get by you’re not alone,” explains Democrat Gidget Groendyk.

Her focus is on fighting for Michigan's families and seniors by working and holding elected officials accountable.

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Republican Patrick Colbeck three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “It’s broad-based economic development that lowers the total cost of business operations by lowering the cost of government, health care and energy.”

Q: How would you improve the state’s educational outcomes?

A: “Eliminate Common Core standards and get the parents, students and teachers back in charge of education.”

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The countdown to the August primary continues with WGVU’s Decision 2018 profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Republican Dr. Jim Hines three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “First, we have to be sure that all of our graduates from high school can read, write and do simple math. We need to keep taxes and regulations and spending under control. We need to promote small government and I believe we need to avoid picking winners and losers and spreading the benefit out to everybody.”

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 profiles the gubernatorial candidates. We begin our series asking Democrat Shri Thanedar three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “I’m the only gubernatorial candidate that has created jobs. I’m a small business owner 26 years. I will stop the corporate welfare, not giving money to big corporations. Invest in small businesses. Create an entrepreneurial culture. We got to have a grand, great skill training program so that Michiganders can have skills to get tomorrow’s jobs.”

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WGVU continues previewing the field of four Republicans running in Michigan’s 73rd House district.

“My name is Ken Fortier and I’m running for state representative in the 73rd district.”

Fortier is one of three Republicans running in the August primary.

"I’ve never done anything in politics before. I’ve been a small business owner for most of my life. My number one priority is helping kids in schools be able to read and connect with their communities. Please check out kenformichigan.com for more details. Thank you so much.”

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Michigan’s 73rd House district primary includes four Republicans running for a spot on the November ballot. Republican Robert Regan has experience as a small business owner, author and family man. His campaign theme is “Honest, Effective Government… for a Change.”

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Democrat Dana Knight ran in the 2016 General Election for Michigan House of Representatives in the 77th District. She lost to now state representative Tommy Brann. Knight is challenging again in the 77th District Democratic primary.

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