Leading up to the 2010 November elections, Michigan's largest charter school association will be hosting "Meet the Candidate" nights all around the state.

The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) will feature events in or around Grand Rapids, Midland, Port Huron, Rochester/Auburn Hills, Detroit and Grand Blanc.

Gary Naeyaert, vice president of public relations for MAPSA says that invitations have been sent to all state House and Senate candidates for each event area, with several already signed up to participate.

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"We hope the candidates will talk about jobs and the economy as well as their plans for education," said Naeyaert. "We want to give people the opportunity to meet candidates in a casual environment so they can make an informed decision when they vote."

Each gathering will feature politicians from each political party talking and answering questions about their plans for jobs, education and other key issues. The events will be non-partisan and are intended to educate people about their elected representatives' views.

The meet-ups will take place over the next two months, starting in Grand Rapids on Monday.

To see a list of the events and locations, click here. To see the event calendar for MAPSA, click here.