OCBA co-sponsors judicial candidate forums

Time correction: The forums will be held from 6-7 p.m. on?Sept. 17, Oct. 2 and Oct. 10.

Oakland County voters will soon have the opportunity to hear directly from judicial candidates in all upcoming elections for Oakland County judgeships.

A series of judicial candidate forums will provide voters with the chance to hear the candidates speak about pertinent issues before the ballots are cast.

These forums are the result of a partnership between the Oakland County Bar Association, the League of Women Voters-Oakland Area, and the Detroit Free Press that sponsors forums in all contested judicial races in Oakland County.

The purpose of this partnership is to disseminate information about judicial candidates in their communities to help voters become more knowledgeable and informed, encouraging participation in Oakland County judicial elections.

The forums are open to the public and are recorded so they may be aired on cable channels in the communities where the races take place. As soon as the recordings are available, they will be uploaded to the OCBA’s YouTube page at http://bit.ly/OCBAYouTube.

It is important to note that 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 preceding the elections. The partners of the judicial candidate forums strive to provide factual, nonpartisan information to citizens regarding candidates’ qualifications and views.

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 candidates. A representative of the League of Women Voters moderates the forums. In each forum, the community is invited to attend and submit questions for responses by the candidates.

Additionally, all candidates have been asked to complete a Judicial Candidate Questionnaire. The completed questionnaires are available on the OCBA website at http://www.ocba.org/judicial-candidate-forum/. OCBA members and community citizens can read the questionnaires exactly as the candidates submitted them.

Forums for the general election listed in chronological order 46th District Court

Monday, September 17, 6–7 p.m.
Candidates: Honorable Debra Nance; Kameshia D. Gant
Location: Southfield Public Library
26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield


Oakland County Circuit Court
Tuesday, October 2, 6–7 p.m.
Candidates: Daniel Christ; Jacob Cunningham
Location: Oakland County Commissioner’s Auditorium
1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac


48th District Court
Wednesday, October 10, 6–7 p.m.
Candidates: Honorable Diane D’Agostini; Amy Wechsler
Location: Bloomfield Township Hall Auditorium
4200 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills


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