For Immediate Release
Contact: Cooper Mohr, Cooper@LynnAfendoulis.com
JUNE 09, 2020, GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., – Today, Lynn Afendoulis, candidate for Michigan’s Third Congressional District seat, sent the following letter to the other campaigns asking them to agree to four candidate forums or debates before the Aug. 4, 2020, primary election.
“The voters of the third district need and deserve to hear directly from the candidates a number of times to get a full picture of their options,” Afendoulis said. “This campaign should not be determined by who has the most TV ads.”
Afendoulis emailed the letter to each campaign today prior to this release going out.
Each of the campaigns was emailed at the addresses below.
Joe Farrington at Joe@farrington4congress.com
Peter Meijer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Norton at email@example.com
Emily Rafi at Rafiforcongress@gmail.com
Dear Fellow MI-03 Candidates:
While the world has changed dramatically since each of us started campaigning, one thing has remained constant: Election Day is August 4th, just eight weeks away. I am writing to ask you to help me make sure we treat our voters with the respect they deserve by offering them opportunities to learn more about us before they turn in their ballot or head to the polls.
Over the years, almost every primary of significance in Michigan has had at least one debate–from 2018’s John James vs. Sandy Pensler and Bill Schuette vs. Brian Calley to the contested 2014 GOP primary in the Fourth Congressional District won by Rep. John Moolenaar. Only one candidate has refused to debate–Justin Amash, who left voters without the information they needed to make informed decisions. Since we all are running to replace Justin, I’m sure none of us want to repeat that decision. It wasn’t just a mistake; it was selfish and contrary to our responsibilities as candidates.
I believe the voters of Michigan’s Third Congressional District deserve at least four opportunities over the next eight weeks to hear about our views and positions directly from us so they have the information they need when it comes time to vote. There simply is too much at stake to allow this election to be determined by TV advertising alone.
Since March, campaigning has changed, and we’ve adapted. Now, we need to do whatever we can to give voters a chance to hear directly from us. Whether that’s in a large space where we’re all able to appropriately distance or by using technology like ZOOM, we can use various platforms to give voters opportunities to ask questions and hear from us.
I understand that Kent GOP is having us each speak independently. While this is a good opportunity to meet the candidates, it most certainly is not an actual debate or forum where we engage in a discussion with one another. I ask that Kent GOP also host an actual candidate forum. In addition, Michael Farage, who has hosted a few successful events (including one in which all candidates participated) has offered to host another event.
We could use those two forums and find two more opportunities. WOOD TV8 attempted to host one in this district’s primary in 2014 and perhaps they’d be interested in that opportunity in 2020. We also could seek opportunities with WZZM, WXMI, MLive, or with area civic organizations.
If you agree that we should collectively pursue this, please contact Cooper Mohr on my campaign staff (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we can begin to look for hosts.
We owe the voters of the Third Congressional District opportunities to hear from us, and it would show good faith if we were to work on this together.
Lynn is running for Congress because she believes we are fighting for the very fabric of who and what we are–the things that President Trump is fighting for and that attracted her grandparents to this country. She wants to protect the rule of law and represent the people of the 3rd District in a way that they’ve been yearning for – with integrity, engagement, and effectiveness. And to show her children that this is all worth fighting for.