More than 2,000 participate in Schmidt tele-townhall

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — Nearly 2,500 eastern Upper Peninsula residents participated in a tele-townhall with Sen. Wayne Schmidt last week to discuss energy issues affecting the region.

A tele-townhall meeting is a telephone conference call in which residents can speak to and ask questions. Schmidt was joined by Valerie Brader, the executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy, to discuss long-term, reliable, clean and affordable energy solutions for 37th Senate District residents.

“The tele-townhall was another success,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “These conversations are a great way for me to connect with residents and discuss important issues. I am grateful that we were able to be joined this time by Michigan Agency for Energy Executive Director Valerie Brader to talk about U.P. energy issues. I enjoyed receiving questions and feedback from participants about this ongoing issue, which will prove valuable as we continue debating this important topic.”

Schmidt and Brader fielded numerous questions on energy, covering topics from alternative sources of energy, billing issues, and the relationship between state and federal government on energy policy.

“I am a strong believer that listening to the hardworking people that I represent is essential to being an effective legislator,” said Schmidt. “I sincerely thank all who were able to participate in my latest tele-townhall and I welcome those who were not to contact my office with their questions or ideas.”

The senator said he plans to hold additional tele-townhalls in the future, and encouraged residents to contact his office in the meantime with any questions or concerns related to state government. His office can be reached via phone toll free at 855-347-8037, or email