A Kent County candidate open forum on justice issues was held September 26 in Loosemore Auditorium at Grand Valley State University.
The forum, “Restorative Justice,” featured 10 candidates running for positions in Kent County; a complete list is below. The forum was moderated by Kevin den Dulk, director of the Henry Institute at Calvin College.
Candidates were asked about several issues including philosophical perspectives of justice and punishment, juvenile justice, and recent and pending legislation related to justice. Audience members were given the opportunity to ask questions.
Participating candidates included:
Steve Pestka, running for U.S. Representative Michigan 3rd District
Nathan Sneller, running for State Representative House District 75
Brandon Dillon, running for State Representative House District 75
Winnie Brinks, running for State Representative House District 76
Bing Goei, running for State Representative House District 76
Larry Stelma, running for re-election Kent County Sheriff
James Farris, running for Kent County Sheriff
Judge Patricia Gardner, running for re-election 17th District Family Court
Judge Patrick Hillary, running for re-election 17th District Family Court
Brian Downs, running for Judge 17th District Family Court
Sponsors for the event were Grand Valley’s College of Community and Public Service, Grand Valley’s School of Criminal Justice, The Henry Institute of Calvin College, West Michigan Restorative Justice Coalition and the Micah Center of Grand Rapids.
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Tramontana of Tramontana Photography.