Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pre-Primary Candidate Events

Bumped. See update below. -- Fitzy

With the primary less than two weeks away, I thought I would briefly highlight the upcoming candidate events in the 7th District. Partly, this is to remind everyone of the nifty candidate event map now on Walberg Watch, but mostly, I wanted to let everyone know where they can find the three major-party candidates-- Walberg, Schauer, and Renier-- in the run-up to the election. There's no better way to judge a candidate than to meet him or her face to face.

That was the goal, anyway. Unfortunately, judging from their websites, the only candidate holding any events between now and the primary (August 5) is Mark Schauer.

Between now and the primary, Senator Schauer is holding seven eight town halls and one "meet and greet" with the Hillsdale Chamber of Commerce. From the Walberg Watch Calendar page (with addresses added):
July 28 - Schauer: Chelsea Town Hall (5:30pm) - Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St.
July 28 - Schauer: Adrian Town Hall (7:30pm) - Lenawee County Democratic Headquarters, 227 N. Winter St.
July 30 - Schauer: Brooklyn Town Hall (5:30pm) -
Evelyn Bay Coffee Shop, 132 N. Main
July 30 - Schauer: Hillsdale Chamber of Commerce Meet and Greet (7:30pm) - 23 N. Manning St.
July 31 - Schauer: Saline Town Hall (5:00pm) - Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Rd.
August 2 - Schauer: Delta Township Town Hall (5:30pm) - Delta Fire Station #1, 811 N. Canal Rd.
August 3 - Schauer: Jackson Town Hall (4:00pm) - King Recreation Center, 1107 Adrian St.
August 3 - Schauer: Dexter Town Hall (6:30pm) - Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St.
August 4 - Schauer: Battle Creek Town Hall (7:30pm) -
Burnham Brook Center, 200 Michigan Ave. W.
Sharon Renier's website still links to "Votestock," which was July 12, and here's what Tim Walberg's "Upcoming Events" page says:
Upcoming Events

I mean, I know that you don't have a primary opponent, Congressman Walberg, but you could at least pretend to care!

Meanwhile, Mark Schauer will be all over the district holding town hall events. These sorts of events are great, because it gives you a chance to ask about anything on your mind. Are you a Democrat who wants to know more? Come get to know the candidate! Are you a Republican and Schwarz supporter that doesn't like Walberg, but you're suspicious of Democrats? Come see if Schauer can reassure you! You can ask him anything you want!

Really, I'm a big fan of this sort of thing. I know I'll definitely be at the Lenawee County town hall.

UPDATE: I'm bumping this post back up to the top, because I really do feel that getting a chance to meet candidates is much, much more important than fundraising data. And, as if in answer to my post (though I doubt it very much), the Walberg campaign updated their "Upcoming Events" page:
Upcoming Events

Chelsea Summerfest

Jackson Campaign Kickoff!
Note that only the Chelsea Summerfest appearance is actually before the primary, so only it really falls under the subject of this post. He'll be in downtown Chelsea on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm.

Walberg's Jackson Campaign Kickoff, meanwhile, will be the Thursday after the primary from 7pm to 9pm. He promises ice cream, which means I may be forced to skip my other plans for that night and attend.

Meanwhile, Senator Schauer announced another town hall, which I have added to the original post above. This one will be in Battle Creek the day before the primary.

As of July 09, 2008, I have been working with the Schauer for Congress campaign in Lenawee County. My thoughts and writings are my own opinions, and I do not speak for Senator Schauer or anyone else in his organization.

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From today's CitPat:

Walberg votes against Bush-backed housing bill

A sweeping housing bill passed the House yesterday that will aide people across the country trying to keep their homes, it also includes a $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers and allow the Treasury department to extend a line of credit to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg voted against the bill.

Walberg says it will put taxpayers on the hook for $300 billion in speculative securities, while adding a new tax on mortgages. President Bush had originally threatened to veto the bill, but before the vote, he agreed he would sign it.

Recently, I spoke with Walberg and the two Democratic candidates -- Sharon Renier and Mark Schauer -- for the 7th Congressional District seat he occupies, and they all had different takes on the issue.
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