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GOP gubernatorial candidates kickoff town hall schedule in Grand Rapids

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Michigan voters will elect a new governor this year. As a lead up to the Republican primary the parties candidates are planning town hall forums. The first is planned for next week in Grand Rapids.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, state Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines will take questions from voters next week in Grand Rapids.

It’s the first in a series of town hall forums planned for January and February.

The trio will be on hand to debate topics and take questions at Kent County GOP headquarters Monday, January 29th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

There’s discussion of six town hall meetings hosted at locations across the state. For now, Attorney General Bill Schuette has declined participating with the field of GOP candidates.

Earlier this month a campaign spokeswoman said Schuette doesn't plan to join the forums but "looks forward to debates and town halls as this campaign progresses."

Calley says “You shouldn't be dodging the voters you hope to lead. Republican voters deserve the opportunity to ask questions of every candidate running for governor.”

The GOP primary is in August. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder cannot run again due to term limits.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media 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 and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.