109th State House District candidates speak at forum

Joe Boogren, Jenn Hill and Melody Wagner answered questions from the League of Women Voters of Marquette County.
109th State House District Republican Candidate Melody Wagner (middle left), Democratic...
109th State House District Republican Candidate Melody Wagner (middle left), Democratic Candidate Joe Boogren (middle right) and Democratic Candidate Jenn Hill (far right).(League of Women Voters of Marquette County)
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 6:02 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Three of the four major-party candidates for the 109th State House District participated in a candidate forum Thursday night, hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Marquette County.

Democrats Joe Boogren and Jenn Hill, along with Republican Melody Wagner joined the LWV of Marquette County Thursday evening. The candidate forum took place at the Marquette Township Hall.

Boogren said that his biggest goal if elected is to toss Michigan’s right-to-work law. Boogren added this would give employees the right to choose whether or not to join a union at their workplace. Which, he argued, could be the key to keeping young people in the Upper Peninsula.

“The ability for our young people to remain here is wholly dependent on their ability to have a job that provides a living wage,” (D) 109th State House District Candidate Joe Boogren said. “To have a job that allows them to put a roof over their heads, take care of themselves and the people they love. Collective bargaining is the lever that allows that and it has been under very fierce assault by the Republican party for the last 25 years. It is having an impact and I will be the champion for those people who belong to a union.”

(D) 109th State House District Candidate Jenn Hill emphasized that she agrees collective bargaining is an important right for workers. However, Hill added that affordable housing access is the biggest issue she is running on.

“Housing is a huge question,” Hill said. “Rental housing, affordable housing and seniors wanting to move on but not being sure where to go. All levels of housing for all parts of your life are actually getting to be too unaffordable here and we need to address that.”

(R) 109th State House District Candidate Melody Wagner said that she believes lawmakers across the state to be untruthful. Wagner added that she wants to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to allow residents to request more information from local governments.

“We are dead last in the nation in ethics, accountability and transparency in all three branches of government,” Wagner claimed. “Especially our legislation, they have failed to serve the people effectively. They have hidden their records. I hope to get our FOIA passed in our lower legislation.”

(R) 109th State House District Candidate Ron Gray was unable to attend Thursday night’s forum due to personal commitments.

After the primary election on August 2, the winner from each major party will advance to the general election in November. Incumbent Sara Cambensy cannot run again due to term limits.

To watch the entire candidate forum, visit its YouTube link by clicking here.

Copyright 2022 WLUC. All rights reserved.