Children’s Issues forum gives public chance to hear, see candidates in action

HANCOCK-The 2014 Candidates Forum on Children’s Issues and Voter Registration Information, held Friday at the Hancock Middle School Auditorium, provided community members with the chance to ask questions, and to get a first-hand look at where candidates stand.

Presented by the Copper Country Human Services Coordinating Body, Copper Country Great Start Collaborative, the Copper Country League of Women Voters and the Superior Child Abuse Prevention Council, Friday’s forum allowed candidates for the 38th Senate District, the 110th State Representative and candidates for the Houghton County District 1 and 3 Commissioners the opportunity to share their stances on issues related to children and families.

Attending the forum were State Senate 38th District candidates Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba and Christopher Germain, D-Escanaba, 110th State Representative candidate Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, Houghton County District 1 Commissioner candidate Rick Kasprzak, D, and Houghton County District 3 Commissioner candidate Anton Pintar, D. 110th State Representative candidate Bob Michaels, R-Ironwood Township, Houghton County District 1 Commissioner candidate Eugene Londo, R and Houghton County District 3 Commissioner candidate Mark Kemppainen, R were invited, but unable to attend.

Candidates were able to comment on a range of child- and family-related issues, fielding audience-submitted questions. Each candidate had the opportunity to make a one-minute opening statement, had one minute to answer each question, and then were able to make a one-minute closing statement. Topics touched on included test scores, child poverty rates and unemployment, kindergarden readiness, college costs, and mental health services.