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Forum provides opportunity to discuss environmental issues with local political hopefuls

Join us Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 7:00 pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood for a forum on environmental topics.The Kent County Candidate Forum on the Environment is a free event providing you with the opportunity to listen to, and ask local candidates about, their views on environmental policy.
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Are you passionate about health and local environmental issues? Join us Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Dominican Center at Marywood for a forum on environmental topics with local political hopefuls. 

The Kent County Candidate Forum on the Environment is a free event providing you with the opportunity to listen to, and ask local candidates about, their views on environmental policy.

If you have concerns about PFAS and other contaminants to surface and groundwater, potential impacts to the state's Department of Environmental Quality as a result of the "fox guarding the hen" legislation, Enbridge's Line 5 in the straits of Mackinaw, dune permitting, or any other local issue, please consider attending this event. Crucially scheduled before the August 7 primary election, and with up to 10 state legislative seats open, your participation is valued and your informed opinion can make a difference. 

Former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell will host the forum with special guests, Ken Sikkema and Chris Kolb, moderating.  Mr. Sikkema is a former State Representative and State Senate Majority Leader from Grand Rapids. He previously ran the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and currently serves as Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants. Mr. Kolb is a former State Representative who currently leads the Michigan Environmental Council.

This is a relaxed, non-partisan event for neighbors to meet local candidates running for the Michigan Legislature in Kent County and discuss local and state environmental issues. 

Participating candidates will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves and make brief remarks.  The audience will then be provided an opportunity to ask the candidates questions with the assistance of two moderators knowledgeable on environmental issues.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club of Greater Grand Rapids, Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, and Citizens Climate Lobby.

For more information on this event, you can reach us at [email protected]. Free tickets are available at https://www.facebook.com/SierraClubGGR/. To attend our meetings and find out what else we are working on, please visit Sierra Club GGR website: www.sierraclub.org/michigan/greater-grand-rapids.

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