Judicial Candidate Forum


Get to know your local judicial candidates and vote with confidence.


Did you know that the judicial side of the ballot is often the least-researched and the least-completed? Choosing a judge to rule on cases and issue judgments should be an informed decision!

Each election cycle, the OCBA partners with the League of Women Voters-Oakland Area and the Detroit Free Press to host Judicial Candidate Forums for all of the judicial races where there are contested seats.

So how does it work? Each forum consists of two panelists – one from the Oakland County Bar Association and one from the Detroit Free Press – who ask questions of each of the judicial candidates. A representative of the League of Women Voters moderates.

Do you have an important question you’d like to ask the judicial candidates? Community members are invited to attend these events and submit questions for responses by the candidates. If you are planning to attend any of the scheduled forums please look over these Judicial Candidate Forum Ground Rules.

If you can’t make it in person, don’t worry! Forums are recorded so they may be aired on cable channels in the communities where the races take place. Recordings will also be uploaded to the OCBA YouTube channel. Additionally, please download these Eight Factors to Consider When Electing a Judge that can help aid in your decision.

In this election cycle, we will be hosting Judicial Candidate Forums for six contested races. There will be two in July for the races that will appear on the ballot for the August 2nd primary election, and four in the fall for the races that will appear on the ballot for the November 8th general election. Below is the information for each forum. Each candidate was asked to submit answers to a questionnaire in advance of the scheduled forums, the submitted answers will be linked to each candidate when they are available.

 

SCHEDULED FORUMS
listed in chronologically by forum date

51st District Court (Waterford) – OPEN SEAT
Candidates for General Election November 8, 2016 (listed in alphabetical order):
      Todd A. Fox
      Mary M. Mara

video_camera  Click the video camera to watch the 51st District Court Judicial Candidate Forum



46th District Court (Southfield) – CHALLENGED SEAT

Candidates for General Election on November 8, 2016 
(listed in alphabetical order):
      Hon. Cynthia M. ArvantIncumbent
      Kameshia D. Gant

video_camera  Click on video camera to watch the 46th District Court Judicial Candidate Forum

*PLEASE NOTE – Six candidates participated in this Judicial Candidate Forum for the August 2016 primary election. Only Hon. Cynthia M. Arvant and Kameshia Gant will be on the ballot for the general election on November 8, 2016.


 

GENERAL ELECTION – NOVEMBER 8, 2016
​Questionnaires due August 4, 2016


​52-1 District Court (Novi) – CHALLENGED SEAT

Candidates 
(listed in alphabetical order):
      Gary Klein
      Hon. T. David Law, Incumbent

Date/Time:  Monday, September 12, 2016, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location:      Wixom Community Center (49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, 48392)

video_camera  Click the video camera to watch the 52-1 District Court Judicial Candidate Forum

 


Oakland County Probate Court – OPEN SEAT

Candidates
 (listed in alphabetical order):
     Jennifer S. Callaghan
     Karen R. Geibel

Date/Time:   Tuesday, September 20, 2016, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location:      Commissioner's Auditorium (1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, 48341)
                                 
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Oakland County Circuit Court – OPEN SEAT

Candidates
 (listed in alphabetical order):
      Lorie N. Savin
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         Lorie N. Savin writing sample 2

      Victoria A. Valentine
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Date/Time:   Tuesday, September 20, 2016, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:      Commissioner's Auditorium (1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, 48341)
                                 
Use the South Entrance


This partnership is nonpartisan and the respective organizations will not support or oppose candidates prior to the candidate forum. The Detroit Free Press may or may not endorse judicial candidates before the election, but not until after the forum has taken place. The partners of the Judicial Candidate Forums strive to provide factual, nonpartisan information to citizens regarding candidates’ qualifications and views.
 

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