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Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

Ann Arbor area candidate forums to put spotlight on local primary races

By Ryan J. Stanton

Election season is in full swing in the Ann Arbor area and various groups are organizing forums to give voters a chance to hear directly from candidates.

The Ann Arbor Democratic Party will host a Democratic candidate forum on July 14 for City Council and county board candidates representing Ann Arbor.

The forum starts at 10 a.m. at the Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 N. Main.

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area also is taping a series of candidate forums at the CTN studios at 2805 South Industrial Highway on July 9 and 10.

Limited seating is available at the studios. The forums will be rebroadcast until the day before the August primary election and can be viewed on the CTN website.

The schedule for the LWV candidate forums is as follows:

Monday, July 9

  • 7-7:30 p.m. — State Representative, 53rd District
  • 8-8:30 p.m. — County Commissioner, District 7
  • 9-9:30 p.m. — County Water Resources Commissioner

Tuesday, July 10

  • 7-7:30 p.m. — Ann Arbor City Council, Wards 1 & 2
  • 8-8:30 p.m. — Ann Arbor City Council, Wards 4 & 5
  • 9-10 p.m. — 22nd Circuit Court Judges (non-incumbent)

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Sun, Jun 17, 2012 : 9:43 p.m.

Following up on Alan Haber's comment, wouldn't it be nice, attractive and an excellent use of the "library lot" to have an ice skating rink such as at Rockefeller Center in New York City, flanked by cafes/restaurants and some small boutiques perhaps.

alan haber

Sun, Jun 17, 2012 : 5:52 a.m.

the most critical question for the future of ann arbor and the character of downtown is whether the surface and air rights over the new underground parking structure are sold for private development and anticipated added tax revenue, or whether it remain in public ownership and be developed as a park and community place for everyone? is the current bias toward dense development everywhere in the central city to be unchecked in the search for a developer on the one piece of public land that could become a central park? or will it be set aside and developed by the people of ann arbor as a green roof for the underground and an inviting gathering place and park for the whole community? will money rule over community? will double talk cloud the basic question?


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 11:03 p.m.

In the Connors-Woodyard circuit court race, Mike Woodyard has posted an anonymous letter he claims to have received encouraging him to withdraw from the campaign. The letter can be viewed at Mr. Woodyard responds to the correspondence on that Facebook page and declines the recommendation to withdraw.


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 12:15 p.m.

Thank goodness only Democrats will be at this event. That means that I can skip it! After all, who wants to see which candidate can "out Green", Out "Tax & Spend" or out "LGBT" the others.


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

as opposed to what? " out homophobing" , "out polluter-loving" and " out science denying"??? ...and of course "out mendaciously defaming the president- ing".


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 4:18 a.m.

Vote no to all City Council Incumbents up for election in November ! Even the invisible Margie Teall must go in Ward 4, even if you don't see her at the Forum, City Council meetings, any debates with Jack Eaton, etc.


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

Margie Teall is invisible but always seems to get elected.


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 12:14 a.m.

The "non-incumbent" ballot judicial election will be important to the bar members and its members will give support to candidates of their respective choices. Voters need to attend these forums to understand candidate positions as the August primary approaches. Jim Fink, whose father and brother both served on the bench, enjoys plenty of support. But Erane Washington and Carol Kuhnke have campaigned hard and have drawn impressive endorsements. All three of these candidates have posted campaign websites or Facebook pages which are informative. The "incumbent" ballot will not be voted upon until November. Michael Woodyard challenges Judge Timothy Connors, an Engler appointee. Mr. Woodyard has a campaign website plus a Facebook page and Twitter account chronicling his campaign's daily progress. Connors has one campaign website "under construction". Please take the time to research these candidates as the judiciary plays an important role in our government.

Linda Peck

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 11:59 p.m.

Very important information ! Thank you, Ryan!


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 11:14 p.m.

Thank you, Ryan.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 10:29 p.m.

i will vote and have a long memory on some of the things done etc.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 11:13 p.m.

That is truly the American way!


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 10:09 p.m.

Will these also be aired live on July 9 and 10?