Sen. Patrick Colbeck

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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.”

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.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Brian Calley and Patrick Colbeck plan to participate in a series of town hall forums where voters can ask questions.

Details on dates, locations and formats have yet to be worked out, but Calley - the lieutenant governor - said Monday he's envisioning one event per week for six weeks over January and February.

Colbeck, a state senator, says GOP candidate Dr. Jim Hines will also participate.

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Conservative gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck has enlisted former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz to help raise money for his campaign.

Colbeck announced Thursday that Lutz will be finance chairman, a month after Lutz endorsed his candidacy.

Lutz was GM's product guru and had a long career at all three Detroit automakers.

A conservative state senator running for Michigan governor says he's been removed from legislative committee and subcommittee positions in retaliation for not notifying a top Republican he'd be attending an event in his district.

Patrick Colbeck said Wednesday he received notice of being stripped of the committee assignments Tuesday. He calls Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof's move the kind of "swamp politics" that people are angry about.