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Tribune to host debate between Davidson, Huizenga

Matt DeYoung • Oct 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The Grand Haven Tribune will host a debate between Congressman Bill Huizenga and Dr. Rob Davidson on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The debate will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Lakeshore Middle School, 900 Cutler St., Grand Haven.

This will be the second debate between the two candidates hoping to represent Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District. Huizenga and Davidson’s first debate took place on Monday in Newaygo. 

Huizenga, R-Zeeland, has served in Congress since 2011. He said the debates are an important way for voters to get to see how the candidates react in front of a live audience. 

“It’s important for people to see who you are in tone and tenor, how you handle yourself,” he said.

The congressman noted that people are able to judge him based on his voting record over the years. 

“(Davidson) might be able to talk about what he would like to do, what he would do if he was in that position, theoretically,” Huizenga said. “But there are real-world implications to these theoretical discussions. I’ve faced these intended and unintended consequences. Those are the experiences you get.”

Davidson, a Democrat who works as an emergency room doctor, is excited for the chance to further spread his message to voters.

"I think it's important for people to hear where the candidates stand on the issues without the filter of TV ads and poll-tested mailers,” he said. “Congressman Huizenga has been avoiding his constituents for more than a year now. I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss health care, the environment, and protecting Medicare and Social Security."

The Oct. 30 debate is free and open to the public. However, space is limited to the first 900 people through the door. The Tribune will live stream the event on its Facebook page.

What questions would you like to ask the candidates? Send us your suggestions to news@grandhaventribune.com by Oct. 22. 

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