Governor Rick Snyder speaks with media after the town hall
Tim Carroll

Candidates for Michigan governor shared a stage for the first and last time during this campaign on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The town hall debate format saw incumbent Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Democratic former Congressman Mark Schauer answer questions from co-moderators of the debate and undecided voters in the audience.

Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press and Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News were the moderators of the Town Hall debate and Detroit Public TV anchor Christy McDonald served as host. 

Schauer won the backstage coin toss and chose where he would sit, who would get the first question and who would speak to media first. Schauer chose to answer the first question and to speak to the media first. 

Snyder and Schauer answered questions on a variety of topics including Detroit, emergency management, mass transit and higher education. 

Senior political science student Nikita Khetarpal asked a question about college tuition. Khetarpal was not available for comment after the debate.

Schauer described how he would increase need-based financial aid for college students. Synder told the audience that he would focus more on dual enrollment programs, where students in high school take college courses for credit. 

Snyder and Schauer also answered questions about emergency management.

Both candidates also touched on the state's corrections contract with Aramark, who also runs WSU dining services.

After the town hall, Schauer did not attend the scheduled press conference, deferring to US Senator Debbie Stabenow and Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer.

Snyder appeared with Lt. Governor Brian Calley and other Michigan Republican leaders following the town hall and answered questions. 

Snyder and Schauer will face each other in the general election for Governor on Tuesday, Nov. 4.


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