Town Hall/Forums

Under normal circumstances, the Detroit League would be holding town halls, educational events, and candidate forums. But these are not normal times. So to fulfill our obligations, we are posting digital information. See below for virtual candidate forums and videoclips from candidates running for office in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park as well as information on the Census, the Citizens Redistricting Commission and Michigan’s new voting laws.

Candidate Meet & Greet

The Detroit League has invited candidates running for office to participate in an online meet and greet. LWVDetroit has sent this invitation to all candidates who have registered with the Department of Elections for State District seats in which at least two (2) candidates are running. The videoclips allow candidates to remotely introduce themselves and spread their message. They also give voters a virtual opportunity to make informed decisions in electing candidates for office.

Below you will find two-minute videoclips from candidates who have chosen to share a brief personal description, the office they are seeking, and why they should be elected.

Meet Michele Oberholtzer, Candidate for MI House of Representatives⏤District 4

Virtual Town Hall: New Voting Rights

Look here for information on new voting laws in the state of Michigan.

Virtual Forum: Candidates Running for MI House of Representatives⏤District 2

The Grosse Pointe and Detroit Leagues hosted a virtual forum for candidates running for the Michigan House of Representatives in District 2. Three candidates* running for this office participated in our online discussion and answered previously submitted questions from the public: Taylor Harrell (D), Mayra Rodriguez (R), and Joseph Tate (D). View the recorded forum below:

Virtual forum for candidates running for MI House of Representatives⏤District 2

Virtual Forum: Candidates Running for MI House of Representatives⏤District 10

On June 15, 2020, the League of Women Voters* hosted and recorded a virtual Candidate Forum to “meet” District 10 candidates running for the Michigan House of Representatives in the Primary Election. All 10 Democratic candidates and the 1 Republican candidate were invited to participate.  Three Democratic candidates accepted the invitation:  Marcus A. Cummings, Kevin Lamont Harris and Steele P. Hughes. 

 Watch the recorded forum here.  If a password is required to open the video, use:  4M=.7fn2

*Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County and and the League of Women Voters of Detroit.

Virtual Town Hall: Census 2020

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

Click here for the link to frequently asked questions about the Census, such as what the census form looks like and what questions it asks.

Virtual Town Hall: Citizens Redistricting Commission⏤The Answer to Gerrymandering

Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In Michigan, a randomly selected commission of citizens is responsible for drawing U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. Voters amended the state constitution in the November 2018 general election to make citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines (called “redistricting”). The commission will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party.