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Grand Rapids Governor Debate Viewing Party: Get out and listen on Friday together as a community


Some of my favorite moments at Wealthy are those where I am challenged by their community-focused programming. And while a lot of changes have been happening over the years with some events running their course or just growing too big to be housed here, I am happy to see that this theatre seated in the Wealthy Street business district and in the Baxter Neighborhood will be hosting another fabulous event that is sure to spark dialogue among attendees. 

The theatre will be hosting on Friday, October 12, the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial debate between candidates Gretchen Whitmer (Dem) and Bill Schutte (GOP).

And while it could just be another sit-in-your-seat event, the organizers of this first debate have created something really remarkable in this latest version of the viewing party by adding additional activities that are sure to spark good community dialogue as you engage in a fun activity.

In addition to having a chance to enjoy a meal together (please RSVP here), there will also be pumpkin decorating, which I can honestly say I have never experienced while at a debate. 

For those who chose to attend, the event organizers, Planned Parenthood, will ask folks to consider joining in a text-a-thon scheduled to happen during the event screening to engage voters but also to share personal insights on the debate topics.

So while some folks might believe we can’t sit in a room and have a civil experience, it is my hope that we have not lost that charming quality of a city of our size. And most of all, no matter your political position, it is important to remember to vote this year to have your voice recorded in the process of selecting a new governor.
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