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District 21 and 79 Candidates Forum Attracts Crowd

Approximately 200 people crowded the Mendel Center banquet hall at Lake Michigan College for the joint debate with the two candidates for Senate District 21 (John Proos and Bette Pierman) and the two candidates for House District 79 (Al Pscholka and Eric Lester). the candidates are shown in this picture with moderator Ted Hartzell. A video of this forum will be posted on this website soon, along with those of the other forums (see article below).

The joint debate, not unprecedented, was in part to accomodate the scedule of some of the candidates, including Fred Upton. Mr. Upton's debate with Paul Clements was scheduled to follow the District 21/79 debate. However, the Upton campaign said Wednesday night that he could not participate, requiring the League to cancel the Upton/Clements forum.

District 21 and 79 Forum Video Now Available

Watch the video of this forum. The candidates for District 21 State Senate are John Proos, shown at left, and Bette Pierman, shown at right. The candidates for District 79 State House are Al Pscholka, shown below left and Eric Lester, below right.

District 59 Forum Video Now Available!

Watch the video of the District 59 forum from Monday night October 13 featuring state representative candidates Mike Moroz, shown at right, and Aaron Miller, shown at left.

Photos by LWVBCC member Phil DeVore.

5th Judicial District Video Also Available!

Also available now is the 5th Judicial District Forum video with candidates Donna Howard, shown at left, and Stephen Smith, shown at right.

Photos by LWVBCC member Phil DeVore.

Updated Vote411 Available Now for General Election Find the facts about voting in Michigan at Vote 411 is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and Michigan -specific information.

Included are candidate profiles and voter guide type Q&A for the statewide races as well as Congressional, state senate, state representative and some local races. Not all candidates participated, but many did and we thank them.

You do have to make a few clicks to get to your sample ballot, but it is a national database that has to work its way to your ballot.

This Is Debate Week! Come or Listen on the Radio

Local candidate forums--4 on 3 nights--are scheduled for this week. Details are posted on the Calendar page and the media release is on the News page.

These forums are being presented by LWVBCC and co-sponsors the Berrien County Bar Association, Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, Leader Publications, Dowagiac Rotary, Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of the Three Oaks Area, Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

If you cannot attend, the next best thing is to listen on the radio.

The Monday, October 13 7:00 pm District 59 debate is being broadcast live by WGTO Dowagiac on both AM 910 and FM 101.1 and on the internet at

The Tuesday, October 14 judicial forum is being recorded by WRHC Three Oaks 106.7 FM and will be broadcast on Monday, October 20 at 10:00 and again on November 3 as part of pre-election coverage. You can stream it at

The Thursday, October 16 forums (Districts 21 and 79 at 6:30 and 6th

Congressional at 8:15) will be broadcast live by WSJM St. Joseph at FM 94.9.

The League thanks our co-sponsors and these radio stations for their support!


Evening at the Gallery Party October 2

Pictured here a group of League members posing for the camera of expert photogrpaher and League member Phil DeVore. From left to right John Ripley, Jean Sharp, Earl Bickett, Pat Lauth, Donna Dutton and Susan Gilbert.

A good time was had by all at this membership/election kick off party. Tom and Judy Burnison graciously made the Burnison Galleries available for our party and many local restaurants, food shops and caterers provided delicious treats.

U.S. Senate Race: Many Ads, No Debates

According to the Center for Public Integrity, candidates, parties, PACs and various other groups have run 42,000 TV ads in Michigan as of September 29. But there are no debates. The League of Women Voters of Michigan had a senatorial debate all planned for Traverse City, but Terri Lynn Land's campaign would not participate. No other groups had any luck either.

NEWS ALERT: LWVBCC Awarded Pokagon Grant!

LWVBCC was notified that it received a grant in August from the Pokagon Fund for the purchase of video recording equipment. This equipment will be used to record candidate forums; then these recordings will be posted on the internet. More voters will thereby be able to view the candidates performance "live" as they answer unscripted questions from the League and the audience.

The recording equipment will also be used to record various League presentations for later viewing by interested parties.

Many thanks to the Pokagon Fund for not only providing the funding for the purchase of this equipment, but also for recognizing the importance of getting candidate information out to the voters "live". It makes a difference to hear and see the candidates in a forum situation.

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