City election candidate forum Wednesday

ESCANABA — A candidate forum featuring candidates for the Escanaba City Council and the Gladstone City Commission will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Escanaba City Hall, 400 Ludington St. The forum will begin immediately following introductions and welcome by the moderator Patricia Rudden. In Escanaba, five candidates are seeking three, four-year terms. They are: Patricia Baribeau, Ralph Blasier and Marc Tall (incumbents), Katherine Hardt and Peggy O’Connell Schumann. Candidates seeking two two-year terms in Gladstone are Bradley Mantela (incumbent) and Mike O’Connor. There are six candidates seeking three, four-year terms: Joe Thompson and Steven Viau (incumbents), Joshua Godfrey, Darin Hunter, Ken LaVigne and Dave Nemachek.

The first segment, featuring the Gladstone City Commission candidates, will begin at 7 p.m. with opening statements, audience questions and closing statements. The second segment with the Escanaba City Council candidates will begin at 8 p.m. with opening statements, followed by audience questions and concluding with closing statements.

Questions may be submitted prior to the forum to Ann at 786-3508 or 217-4079 or by email to or Written audience questions will be collected during the forum.

The forum will be broadcast live on Charter channel 191. Live streaming from the city of Escanaba’s webpage is available by accessing:, Quick Links, scroll down to Council Room Live Cam Link. The forum will be posted to the local League of Women Voters Facebook page:

The forum is sponsored by the Delta County League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited to attend the forum and audience questions are encouraged.

The League of Women Voters also provides a free, non-partisan, online voter guide at to assist Delta County voters in making informed decisions when they vote in the General Election on Nov. 7. By visiting and clicking on My Ballot voters can read responses to questions posed to all the candidates for the Escanaba City Council and the Gladstone City Commission. also helps voters find their polling place, check voting hours and read tips about voting in Michigan.