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Local candidate forum gives voice to youth issues

Tonight, candidates for three state House and two state Senate districts will meet in Lansing for a candidates’ forum. These public events are fairly routine in the weeks leading up to a big election, but this one puts a twist on the usual format. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports that the candidates who’ll face this group of questioners will not be getting their vote on November 4. This forum will be run by middle and high school students from grades 7 through 12.There may be one or two 18-year-olds there, but for the most part, these will be kids too young to vote posing tough questions about the things that matter to them.

The event is co-sponsored by Peckham, Incorporated in Lansing, where the forum will be held, the Peace and Prosperity Youth Action Movement and Michigan’s Children. This event in Lansing will be the third of four statewide forums hosted by Michigan’s Children.

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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