Gov. Snyder draws supporters and opponents to Kalamazoo town hall event

Sep 29, 2014

The race for Michigan governor is moving into its final weeks.

Gov. Rick Snyder held the first of 10 town hall events last night in Kalamazoo on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Not everyone in Kalamazoo was happy to see Gov. Rock Snyder. About two dozen protesters picketed outside Snyder's town hall event in Kalamazoo.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio


Snyder was greeted by a group that wants to make him a one-term governor.  Protester JoeAnne Peterson is a retired teacher who's angry with the governor for several reasons, including right-to-work laws and increasing taxes on Michigan pensioners.

“I do have a right to say you took. You didn’t ask,” Peterson said.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) speaks to a largely supportive crowd during a 'town hall' re-election campaign in Kalamazoo
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Inside the WMU student center, Gov. Snyder defended his record on right-to-work laws, taxes, and education spending to a largely supportive group of more than 100 people.

Snyder insists he’s been committed to leading Michigan on the road to recovery. He pointed to the growth in jobs and home values as signs his policies are working.

Despite the largely partisan crowd, Snyder says his town hall-style events are intended to give uncommitted voters a chance to ask questions.

“There’s so many misperceptions. So many lies out there. Having forums like this lets real people ask real questions,” says Snyder.  

Undecided voters will be key in November. Polls show the race between Republican incumbent Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer are still close.