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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. 


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


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  - questionnaire submitted on 5/30/14
Maureen M. McGinnis
 

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

 

 

Attachments:

AnnMarie DeVito Questionnaire
Hon. Brian W. MacKenzie Questionnaire
Maureen McGinnis Questionnaire
Michael Bosnic Questionnaire
Scott Powers Questionnaire
Travis Reeds Questionnaire