Judicial Candidate Forums


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. To help with that 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 judicial races in Oakland County where there are contested seat.



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 the forum. Usually, local citizens are invited to attend these events and submit questions for responses by the candidates. In order to comply with current governmental guidelines regarding indoor gatherings, we will be hosting virtual forums. Each forum will be recorded so they may be aired on cable channels in the communities where the races take place and here on the OCBA website. In addition, each candidate is asked to provide answers to a questionnaire which we will post on this page, if provided. You can also review the Eight Factors to Consider When Electing a Judge to aid in making your decision.

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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November 3, 2020
General election for the Circuit Court, 43rd District Court, 45th District Court and 47th District Court 



Judge of Circuit Court
Sixth Circuit (Non-Incumbent Position)

Clarence Dass
Lorie Savin


Video of June 30, 2020 Forum


Judge of District Court
43rd District (Incumbent Position)

Kelly Collins
Brian Christian Hartwell - Judge of District Court

Video of July 7, 2020 Forum



Judge of District Court
45th District (Non-Incumbent Position)

Jaimie Powell Horowitz
Brenda Richard


Video of July 14, 2020 Forum


Judge of District Court
47th District (Incumbent Position)

James B. Brady - Judge of District Court
Matt Savich

Video of September 23, 2020 Forum