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Candidate forum draws good crowd

October 23, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Five candidates seeking office in the Nov. 6 general election fielded voter questions for roughly 90 minutes Monday at a well-attended forum at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

Participants included Marquette County Board incumbents Bruce Heikkila and Michael Quayle, who are running against each other in District 3; District 6 county board candidate Nick Smaby; and Marquette City Commission candidates Mike Coyne and Amy Conover, who are among four candidates running for two open seats in the upcoming election.

The candidates - all of whom would represent constituents at least partially in the city of Marquette if elected - made introductory remarks and then took audience questions, which were submitted anonymously on slips of paper and read by two facilitators.

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Speakers were Marquette City Commission candidates Mike Coyne and Amy Conover. The event featured about 90 minutes of questions and answers from the candidates, who are running for city and county seats. (Journal photo by John Pepin)

Among topics discussed were the South Beach e-coli problem, the county's former retire-rehire program, methamphetamine in the area, Rio Tinto mining trucks using Wright Street and bridging divides to work together better as a larger community across the county.

Within the time constraints of the forum, only about half of the questions were able to be answered. The forum closed with candidates making summary statements.

Quayle, who organized the forum in an effort to give the public a chance to have its questions addressed, considered the event a "huge success."

The Mining Journal's local election preview coverage begins today and in the days before the election will feature detailed candidate stories from the contested city commission and county board races.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.



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