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Local legislative candidates debate the issues in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The first debate of state legislative candidates who will appear on the November ballot was lightly attended last night, but the organizers say it was still a success.

About 60 people turned out at the Fetzer Center to hear about a dozen candidates for local state house and senate races answer questions written by members of the Council of Governments.

COG Chair Dave Anderson thought it was revealing and its clearer now where they stand on the issues that are important to local city, township and county officials. 

Candidates from Kalamazoo's senate race and three House races were asked about road funding, whether they would support local income taxes or sales taxes for cities, how they felt about the emergency manager law and if the state should help cities deal with their legacy costs.

They also talked about roads, education, fireworks and the Common Core curricula.

You will be able to catch the full debate on Public Media Network.