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House Candidates Golden, VanRaaphorst To Debate Wednesday

State Rep. Tom McMillin will also attend candidate forum sponsored by League of Women Voters.

Ted Golden and Joanna VanRaaphorst, both Democratic candidates for the 45th District House seat that represents Rochester and Rochester Hills, will face off on local issues this week.

The debate, sponsored by the Oakland County chapter of the League of Women Voters, is planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at . The public is invited to attend; the debate will be broadcast live on Comcast channel 20, WOW channel 10 and AT&T channel 99. It will also be replayed several times before the Aug. 7 primary election.

VanRaaphorst, of Oakland Township, has a background in sales and marketing and is an active volunteer in several community organizations. This is her first campaign. Read about .

Golden is a dermatologist and activist. He first ran for this seat in 2008. Read about .

Douglas Wilson is also on the ballot as a Democrat in the primary; according to debate coordinators, Wilson did not respond to the League's invitation to the debate.  

The winner of the August primary will face Republican Tom McMillin, the incumbent, in November.

McMillin also did not respond to the debate invitation. 

UPDATE, July 17: McMillin has said he will attend the candidate forum.

What would you ask the candidates?

Candidates will have one minute to make an opening statement before the debate begins. After those statements, they will be questioned alternately by audience members and by a panel that includes the editor of the one and only Rochester Patch.

In preparation for the debate, we're reaching out to our readers: what would YOU ask these two candidates? Which local issues should we bring up? How can we help you make an informed vote?

Send your questions to Rochester Patch editor Kristin Bull at kristin.bull@patch.com. Or, post your questions in the comments here. 

Bob July 18, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Legalize it. About time to seriously look into decrim the pot laws.
dk July 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM
If you replace active with destructive, I'll agree with you.
dk July 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Ask McMillin why he kicked the can to next guy instead of cutting his own retirement benefits. Ask McMillin why Michigan legislators are the second highest paid in the country. Ask McMillin why women aren't allowed to speak on the House floor. Ask McMillin which taxpayer funded job he intends to run for when he's term limited. Ask McMillin why he isn't in private sector "creating jobs" instead of living off the taxpayer. If he hates government so much that he wants to destroy it, ask him why he can't tear himself away from the teat.
Dano July 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Joanna, Your web site states that you are running as a "democratic fiscal conservative". Isn't that a contradiction in the sense that I can't think of ANY democrates that vote for bills that are defined as fiscally conservative ? Yes, the cuts (benefits, pensions,etc) to the teachers, firefighters and policemen stink. Just ask any private sector employee how much they spend / contribute to the cost of their medical and retirement plan and I think you will find that the cuts are not only necessarry based on the budget constraints (deficit) but also becomg more in line with the private sector.
Dano July 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Oakland, So McMillin is the ONLY State Rep. who's not working in the private sector ? There are no Democratic party State Reps living off the taxpayers ? Come on, let's talk real issues with some sense of reality.

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