Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Local Candidates Forums and Voter Guide

Join Us! More Details in posts below.

September 30th, 2008: Dearborn candidates forum (Judicial and School Board) at the Dearborn City Council Chambers at 7:00m.

October 1st, 2008: 17th District State Representative (covering parts of Livonia, Dearborn Heights and Redford) at the Dearborn Heights City Council Chambers at 8:00pm

Read the Voter Guide online! Covering our local elections - State Representatives, County Commissioners, Judicial (Circuit and District), School Board and Ballot Proposals.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Oct 1, 8pm Forum - 17th District State Rep

The League of Women Voters of Dearborn-Dearborn Heights is sponsoring a forum on October 1, 2008 at Council Chambers, Dearborn Heights City Hall for 17th District State Representative, with candidates Andy Dillon (Democrat - Redford) and Sandra Eggers (Republican - Livonia).

The program will be taped for subsequent viewing on public access channels.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose political parties or candidates.

For further information call 313.278.6476

September 30, 2008 Dearborn Candidate Forum

Judicial candidates for the 19th District Court (Dearborn) Candyce Ewing Abbatt and Mark W. Somers have accepted invitations to participate in a Candidate Forum on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Dearborn's City Hall.  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Dearborn – Dearborn Heights, the forum will be taped by CDTV and aired at numerous times on the City's public access channel, (12 for Comcast. 10 for WOW).


The 5 candidates for the Dearborn School Board have been invited to participate in forum at 8 p.m. on September 30, 2008 following the judicial forum.  Those candidates are Aimee Blackburn, John C. Corbin, Sharon Lee Dulmage, Mary Lane and Tameria A. Metiva.  CDTV has also agreed to tape and air this important public forum.


The forums are conducted in a strictly nonpartisan fashion.  Candidates will be given 2 minutes for opening statements, 1 minute closing statements, asked the same questions and given the same amount of time to answer.  Written questions from the audience may be submitted, and, time-permitting, will be asked of the candidates.


The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, financed by members and public-spirited citizens, which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League does not support or oppose political parties or candidates.  Membership is open to all U.S. citizens. 


For further information call 313-278-6476

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

November 4, 2008 Local Competitive Political Races

11th District State Representative (3 pcts. in N.E. Dbn., mainly Detroit)
Leonard A. Mier, Jr., Republican
David E. Nathan, Democrat
15th District State Representative (Dearborn)
Gino H. Polidori, Democrat
J. Scott Saionz, Republican
16th District State Representative (Dearborn Heights-south)
Bob Constan, Democrat
Joseph M. Smith, Republican
17th District State Representative (Dearborn Heights-north)
Andy Dillon, Democrat
Sandra Eggers, Republican
Wayne County Treasurer
Brendan Dunleavy, Republican
Raymond J. Wojtowicz, Democrat
Wayne County Sheriff
Warren C. Evans, Democrat
Taras P. Nykoniak, Republican
Wayne County Clerk
Lanell Buffington, Republican
Cathy M. Garrett, Democrat
9th District County Commissioner (inc. Dearborn Heights)
Mark H. Slater, Republican
Diane Webb, Democrat
13th District County Commissioner (Dearborn)
William A. Beddoes, Republican
Gary Woronchak, Democrat
3rd Circuit Court, Non-encumbent (All of Wayne County)
(in alphabetical order) - vote for 3 of 6
Richard Cunningham
Daniel A. Hathaway
Susan L. Hubbard
Connie Marie Kelley
Lynne A. Pierce
John J. Sullivan
District Court - 19th Judicial (Dearborn) vote for 1
Candyce Ewing Abbatt
Mark W. Somers
Dearborn School Board (alphabetical order - vote for 2)
Aimee Blackburn
John C. Corbin
Sharon Lee Dulmage
Mary Lane
Tameria A. Metiva

Voter Registration - Volunteers Needed

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is cooperating with the Michigan Department of Human Services to stage "Voter Registration Fairs" in the local offices.  The Dearborn - Dearborn Heights LWV is asking for help (2 for each morning) for the following days:
Friday, Sept. 5, 9am-11am   INKSTER    Carolyn Buell (LWV member)  + volunteer needed
Friday, Sept. 12, 9am-11am INKSTER  Volunteers needed
Monday, Sept. 15, 9am-11am GREENFIELD/JOY (Detroit)  Volunteers needed (especially Arabic-speaking)
Friday, Sept. 19, 9am-11am  INKSTER Volunteers needed
Friday, Sept. 26, 9am-11am    INKSTER  Volunteers needed
If you can help, please email Betsy Cushman ecushman@comcast.net or call her at 565-5972. 

Monday, September 1, 2008

Other Upcoming Events (sept-oct)

September 4, Thursday Evening

Friends of Detroit River

Annual Fall Dinner Cruise, 6 – 9 PM

Departing Hart Plaza on the Diamond Jack Boat
Tickets are $50.00. Call 734-675-0141

September 10, Wednesday Morning

At Your Service: Innovative Ways to Communicate with Residents

SEMCOG Offices, 9 AM – 12 PM

Learn about new ways (and technologies) to get your community messages to residents.

September 22, Monday Evening

Courting Trouble: hosted by LWV
6:45-8:30 p.m. at the Farmington Hills Public Library
A forum on the growing influence of money in Michigan Supreme Court elections and the threat it poses to public trust and confidence in the Court. "
Guest speakers include Rich Robinson, Exec. Dir. of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, & Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press columnist.

September 26, Friday
Annual Citizens Research Council Meeting

October 3, Friday

Henry Ford Community College Civic Action Conference

October 3, Friday Afternoon

Women in Politics: Do Term Limits Help or Hurt Female Candidates?
12 to 1PM, Wayne State Alumni House
Please join the Women of Wayne Alumni Association as they host Professor Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson for a discussion on term-limits and the impact on women in the Michigan Legislature. Additional invited speakers include Wayne State Alumnae Rep. Kim Meltzer (R-Clinton Twp.), Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit ) and Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman (D-Detroit/Dearborn).
Please RSVP by
to www.alumni.wayne.edu/events or (313) 577-2300.

October 13-15

Creative Cities Summit, Detroit