Meet the gubernatorial candidates: Mackinac Policy Conference's annual PAC reception provides information and access to Michigan's leading political candidates.

Author:Berry, Claudia
Position:VOTE4BIZ - Political Action Committee - Conference news

The Detroit Regional Chamber's Political Action Committee (PAC) hosts an annual reception during the Mackinac Policy Conference featuring the leading political movers and shakers in the state and southeast Michigan. This popular event is in its 11th year and this year will feature the leading candidates running for Governor.

What do you get for the hottest ticket on the island? The opportunity to:

* Witness history in the making - It often happens first at Mackinac!

* Meet the candidates and learn first hand about the key issues in the race.

* Hear the news first when breaking news happens during the debates.

* Network with key leaders in the business and political community.

One example of the value from attending this event was the 6th annual PAC Reception in 2005 which featured the leading candidates running for Mayor of the City of Detroit.

This was not only the first mayoral debate hosted by the Chamber PAC, hut the first time all of the leading candidates in the race shared a stage to debate the issues. Participating were former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, then Councilwoman Sharon McPhail, and Detroit Businessman Freman Hendrix. Attendees found that this event helped to showcase clear differences in ideology, campaign style, and breadth of issues among the candidates.

Another memorable event was the following year during the 7th annual PAC Reception which featured a gubernatorial debate between the incumbent Governor Jennifer Granholm and businessman Dick DeVos. Again, this event provided the first opportunity for the two candidates to share a public stage to debate the issues, and it happened at Mackinac during the Chamber's PAC Reception! The key issues were elimination of the Single Business Tax, controlling the spiraling costs of health care, and recommendations for additional funding and other state support for Detroit and southeast Michigan. And the governor and her challenger did not disappoint, mixing it up on these and other key issues facing the state.

In 2007, the debate stage turned to Lansing and the contentious debate on how to balance the state budget. The 8th annual PAC Reception featured Majority Floor Leaders Andy Dillon [pounds sterling]t Michael Bishop in a lively discussion of their respective positions on how to get Michigan's economy back on track and state government back in the black. Key issues included discussion of longstanding state budget woes, suggestions for a replacement for the Single Business Tax set to...

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