League of Women Voters to Host Congressional Candidate Forum Tonight

Candidates in 11th Congressional District races to participate in candidate forum tonight at Plymouth District Library.

Michigan voters in both the old and new 11th Congressional District will have a chance to learn more about candidates tonight in the partial and full-term races for U.S. Congress.

A candidate forum will be held for both races at 7 p.m. tonight at the Plymouth District Library.

The race includes Dr. Syed Taj (D-Canton) and Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) in the full-term race representing the realigned new 11th District, and Bentivolio and David Curson (D-Belleville) will square off to fill out the rest of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's (R-Livonia) term, which ends Jan. 2, to represent the existing 11th District. 

Paula Bowman of the Northwest Wayne County chapter of the League of Women Voters said last week Bentivolio indicated he will not be attending the forum, but Taj and Curson are expected to appear.

The public is invited to attend and submit questions that will be asked by a League moderator. 

For those unable to attend but have a question for the candidates, they can email a question to lwvmail@yahoo.com

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate or political party. 

David Coleman October 02, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I just got back from the 11 district "old and new" candidates debate at the plymouth library. All the candidates for the temporary and 2 year congressional seats were present with the exception of the Republican candidate Kerry Bentivolio. The democratic candidate, Dr. Taj as well as the democratic candidate for McCotter's remaining 2 month term were there. The Green Party, The US tax Party, the Libertarian Party were also present. I don't know why Mr. Bentivolio would miss this important debate. This reminds me of the days when Mr. McCotter used to take his constituent's vote for granted. There was a standing room only crowd at the library and Dr. Taj blasted Mr. Bentivolio for being the only candidate who did not show. Unlike the previous congressmen Dr. Taj said that he would work diligently for his constituents and not take their votes for granted. The debate included a whole host of questions from government's roll in the economy to tax policy, immigration, education, and others. It was an unscripted discussion with all the candidates running for the 11th district. I think Mr. Bentivolio feels that he has this election in the bag so 'why show up for this debate'. Since Mr. McCotter got away with mistreating his voters I suppose Mr. Bentivolio feels the same.


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