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Posted on Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 2:19 p.m.

Candidates from 5 local political races to take stage at West Washtenaw Business Association forum

By Ryan J. Stanton

The West Washtenaw Business Association is hosting a political forum Oct. 10 to give voters a chance to hear from candidates in five local races on the November ballot.

That includes Jim Fink and Carol Kuhnke, two local attorneys competing for the open judge seat on the Washtenaw County's 22nd Circuit Court bench.

Democrat Chuck Warpehoski and Republican Stuart Berry, who are competing for the open 5th Ward seat on the Ann Arbor City Council, also are invited, as well as U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, and his Republican challenger Cynthia Kallgren.

State Rep. Mark Ouimet, R-Scio Township, and Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, a Democrat, also are expected to attend. They're competing for the 52nd District state House seat.

WLBY's Lucy Ann Lance and Paula Gardner, local content director at, will co-moderate the forum at Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Lunch will be served. The meeting is free to WWBA members and $10 for non-members. RSVP at 734-668-1482 or

To view a list of candidates and proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot, visit the county's elections website.

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.


Jennie Hanry

Fri, Sep 28, 2012 : 4:57 a.m.

Good to see plans for a productive local event/Especially interested in hearing from Ms. Kallgren. Anyone taking on Dingell must have a story to tell. He has far outworn his wecolme and usefulness in Washington. We need some not looking to be on the gov payroll for life, but intereted insolving real problems for consitituents. It would be nice to see a feature on Kallgren. She must be very interesting if challenging the longtime Dingell...and getting quite a bit of support from what I hear

Stan Watson

Tue, Sep 25, 2012 : 4:20 a.m.

As candidate for Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds I would like to discuss an issue I may deal with when I am elected. That question is (and the League of Women Voters supports) : is requiring a photo ID discriminatory ? If so, why do you think that? Please define the LWV's position if known. LWV'S holds itself out to be non-partisan, but seems less so on many issues. They have invited me to their upcoming Forum. I need to learn more of their politics! Stan Watson, CPM Emeritus, CCIM


Sun, Sep 23, 2012 : 9:08 p.m.

What about the race for Mayor?


Mon, Sep 24, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

Please don't remind us that in the smartest city in America that we can't come up with someone better to be mayor.