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"Democracy is not a spectator sport." by Lotte Scharfman LWV of Massachusetts

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Children's Issues Candidate Forum with Coalition: LWVCC, HSCB, GSC and Superior CAP on October 17, 2014

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Links to Videos of Supreme Court and U of M Regents Candidate Forums Available Below and at the LWVMI Website


In cooperation with the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, the League of Women Voters of Michigan and the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area co-sponsored a Candidate Forum for the major party candidates running for the University of Michigan Board of Regents on October 24th. Voters will chose two candidates for the board.

Candidates participating were Mike Behm, Rob Steele, Ronald Weiser and Kathy White who answered questions composed by representatives of the League, Ford School students, Rackham Student Government, Students of Color at Rackham, and the audience. LWVMI President Sue Smith moderated the forum.

The video of the 70-minute forum can be viewed by clicking here. A transcript of the forum is available below the video for this forum.


Held on October 15, 2014, this forum was filmed at the WTVS Studios in Wixom, and was made available to public TV stations throughout Michigan. The event was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Michigan, the League of Women Voters of Oakland Area, the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Detroit Public TV. Voters will chose two of five candidates for two full terms and one of three candidates for one partial term.

Candidates participating were Judge Bill Murphy and Judge James Robert Redford running for the two full term seats and Judge Deborah Thomas running for the partial term. A panel made up of attorney Jennifer Grieco (OCBA), editor Stephen Henderson (Detroit Free Press) and editor Nolan Finley (Detroit News) asked questions of the candidates. LWVMI President Sue Smith moderated the forum.

The video of the half-hour forum plus a 12-minute bonus of additional questions can be viewed by clicking here.

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