Candidates running for two seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents talked about transparency, U-M’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, policing, tuition increases, systemic racism, support for regional campuses, and other topics Oct. 9 during an online candidate forum.
Three of the 10 people in the race — incumbent Democratic Regent Shauna Ryder Diggs, and challengers Republican Carl Meyers and Green Party candidate Michael Mawilai — participated.
Also seeking eight-year terms in the Nov. 3 election are incumbent Democratic Regent Mark Bernstein, Republican Sarah Hubbard, Libertarian James L. Hudler, U.S. Taxpayers candidates Ronald E. Graeser and Crystal Van Sickle, Libertarian Eric Larson and Natural Law candidate Keith Butkovich.
Larson was planning to participate in the forum but had to back out due to his professional medical responsibilities, said Colleen Conway, who moderated the event and is chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.
The forum was organized by the Faculty Senate and conducted over the Zoom video conferencing platform.