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JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FORUMS -
YOUR ONE-STOP GUIDE TO EVALUATING THE CANDIDATES

The Oakland County Bar Association has partnered with the League of Women Voters Oakland Area and the Detroit Free Press to host judicial candidate forums in all races where there are contested seats. The forums are open to the public and are recorded so that they may be aired on cable channels in the communities where the races take place.

The purpose of the partnership is to disseminate information about judicial candidates as widely as possible in their communities and to encourage the active participation of Oakland County citizens in voting in judicial elections as well as to assist them in becoming far more knowledgeable and informed voters. 

It is important to note that this partnership is nonpartisan and that the respective organizations will not support or oppose candidates prior to the candidate forums. The Detroit Free Press may or may not endorse judicial candidates before the election after the forum has taken place. The partners in the Judicial Candidate Forum project strive to provide factual, nonpartisan information to citizens regarding candidates’ qualifications and views.

Each forum consists of two panelists who ask questions of each of the candidates. One panelist is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and one panelist is from the Detroit Free Press. The forum is moderated by a representative of the League of Women Voters. Each forum lasts for a minimum of an hour. The community is invited to attend and submit questions for responses by the candidates. Screeners are on-hand to review those questions for appropriateness as well as to avoid duplication. Last, each community’s local cable television provider is invited to tape and air the judicial candidate forum.

Each candidate was asked to complete a Judicial Candidate Questionnaire. These completed questionnaires are posted below as submitted by the candidates.  Click on the candidate name to read his/her completed Judicial Candidate Questionnaire. 


 

Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
To view the forum click on the link below:
http://mivote.org/2014/10/mivote-supreme-court-forum/

 


 

48th District Court (Bloomfield Hills) - Challenge -
CANCELLED
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Bloomfield Twp. Auditorium
4200 Telegraph Rd. 48303

Candidates:
Kevin Kevelighan - questionnaire not submitted
Hon. Kimberly Small



51st District Court (Waterford) - Challenge
CANCELLED
Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Waterford Township Hall
5200 Civic Center Dr. 48329

Candidates:
Patrick Bagley - questionnaire not submitted
Hon. Richard Kuhn, Jr.


The following Judicial Candidate Forums are for the contested races on the ballot for the general election on November 4, 2014.


45A District Court (Berkely) - Challenge
Hosted on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wixom City Hall

Candidates:
Hon. Jamie Wittenberg, Incumbent
Dale Schneider

Click the camera icon below to view the 45A District Court Forum
 

 


The following Judicial Candidate Forums are for the contested races on the ballot for the primary election on August 5, 2014.


52-1 District Court (Novi) - Challenge
Hosted on Monday, June 23, 2014
Wixom City Hall

Candidates:
Hon. Brian W. MacKenzie, Incumbent* 
Scott W. Powers 
Travis M. Reeds*

* Candidate will appear on the general election ballot November 4, 2014.


Click the camera icon below to view the 52-1 District Court Forum
 

The televised forum will be aired on Comcast channel 10 in Walled Lake, Comcast channel 16 in West Bloomfield, Bright House Networks channel 20, and AT&T Channel 99:
Fridays @ 7 am
Sundays @ 8 am
Tuesdays @ 11 am & 8:30 pm
Wednesdays @ 3:25 pm
Thursdays @ 6 pm
 

 




52-4 District Court (Troy) - Open
Hosted on Monday, July 14, 2014
Clawson City Hall

Candidates: 
Michael Bosnic
AnnMarie DeVito - brief biography submitted 5/30/14. Full questionnaire submitted 7/23/14.
Maureen M. McGinnis*

* Candidate will appear on the general election ballot November 4, 2014.
 

Click the camera icon below to view the 52-4 District Court Forum
 

The televised forum will be aired on WOW channel 10,  Comcast channel 17/914 at 8:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on:
Wednesday, July 16
Friday, July 18
Satuday, July 19

 

 


Oakland County Circuit Court - Open
Hosted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
 
Candidates:
Karen Geibel
Lisa Langton

 

Click the camera icon below to view the Oakland County Circuit Court Forum
 

Attachments:

AnnMarie DeVito Questionnaire
Dale Schneider Questionnaire
Hon. Brian W. MacKenzie Questionnaire
Hon. Jamie Wittenberg Questionnaire
Hon. Kimberly Small Questionnaire
Hon. Richard Kuhn, Jr.
Karen Geibel Questionnaire
Lisa Langton Questionnaire
Maureen McGinnis Questionnaire
Michael Bosnic Questionnaire
Scott Powers Questionnaire
Travis Reeds Questionnaire