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 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 the forum.

Do you have an important question you’d like to ask the judicial candidates? Local citizens are invited to attend these events and submit questions for responses by the candidates. If you would like to attend any judicial candidate forums, please look over these Judicial Candidate Forum Ground Rules.

If you can’t be there in person, don’t worry! Forums are recorded so they may be aired on cable channels in the communities where the races take place, and you can also stream them for viewing via the links below. In addition, you can download these Eight Factors to Consider When Electing a Judge that can aid in making your decision.

In this election cycle, we hosted Judicial Candidate Forums for six contested races. There were two in July for the races that appeared on the ballot for the August 2 primary election, and four in the fall for the races that will appear on the ballot for the November 8 general election. Below is the information for each forum. Each candidate was asked to submit answers to a questionnaire in advance of the forums. If answers were submitted, they have been linked to the respective candidate.


43rd District Court (Madison Heights, Ferndale and Hazel Park)
This forum was cancelled.

Hon. Keith P. Hunt, Incumbent
James M. Osak

46th District Court (Southfield)
View Video of Forum

Hon. Debra Nance, Incumbent
Kameshia D. Gant, write-in candidate


48th District Court (West Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Birmingham, Sylvan Lake, Keego Harbor and Orchard Lake)
View Video of Forum

Hon. Diane D. D’Agostini, Incumbent
Amy J. Wechsler


Sixth Judicial Circuit Court
View Video of Forum

Non-Incumbent Position (in alphabetical order)
Dan Christ
Jake Cunningham

New Judgeship
Julie McDonald

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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