Without an in-person presidential debate to distract us this week, we have the opportunity to focus on local races. Today, the candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives seat, Tamara Barnes (D) and Andrew Fink ® will face off in a debate at 9:15 a.m. on the radio station WTVB (1590 AM, 95.5 FM).
Tensions are high for next month’s presidential election, but chances are that most people already have voted or know for whom they’ll vote.
But how much thought have we given to local candidates as they discuss the issues of our community? These include everything from how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to tax rates to the quality of our roads.
If all politics is local, learning about the contest for the state House may serve a more practical purpose. The consequences of these local races heavily influence our community and our families. Barnes and Fink are members of our community — many of us know them personally, and if we don’t, we have the opportunity to get to know them through this radio debate, reading about them in this issue of the Collegian (see page A7), and in other ways. Sending one of them to Lansing to represent us has far more direct consequences on our daily lives than who we send to Washington.
Tune into the Barnes and Fink debate as they run to represent us in the Michigan House — we might learn something.