Making Democracy Work

MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

APRIL/MAY NEWSLETTER IS HERE

Do You Have a Question for a Candidate?

Candidates for state representative in Districts 52 and 53 AND candidates for Ann Arbor City Council will meet July 11,12 and 13 in televised forums hosted by LWV-AAA. There will also be a forum in Chelsea in September for candidates to the US Congress for the 7th district.

You can submit a question for consideration by clicking either aaquestions@lwvannarbor.org OR chelseaquestions@lwvannarbor.org.

YPSILANTI WATER STREET MILLAGE FORUM

Aug 2 City of Ypsilanti voters decide about a levy of 2.3 mills to repay debt related to Water Street Redevelopment Project. Voters need to have their questions answered.

A2Y Regional Chamber and the Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters will hold a joint forum on
Thursday, June 30th at 5:30pm
Eastern Michigan University (Student Center -Room 320).

This event is free for community members but space is limited, so RSVP to andy@a2ychamber.org . Water Street

LWV-AAA AT THE ANN ARBOR ART FAIR

Once again, LWV-AAA will host an information booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair July 21-24. We're looking for volunteers to greet fair-goers and tell them about our work. You need not be a member to share in the fun. For more information, contact VOLUNTEER@LWVAnnArbor.org

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

For order form, go to FORM

More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

BE SURE TO VOTE IN THE AUGUST 2nd PRIMARY ELECTION

In state and local elections the August primary elections are increasingly important because many districts lean so heavily toward a single party that whoever wins in the primary wins in the November election.

Closer to the date, go to http://www.VOTE411.org to see candidate responses to LWV questions.

LEARN ABOUT PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

LWV in Action

In February, the New York Times had an article titled Republicans Hijack an Election Agency.
If you read to the end of the article, you will see LWV named as one of several voting rights groups suing to stop unilateral action by the commission's new executive director. The name and reputation of LWV as a non-partisan advocate for voting rights continues to have influence. Your voice as a citizen is magnified when you join with other LWV members to speak out.

Meet Your State Elected Officials

We surveyed our LWV-AAA members last summer and found that meeting with our elected officials is seen as a priority for many members. We have asked our area's four Michigan House Representatives to send us information on their constituent meeting schedules for 2016. All schedule their coffees on Saturday mornings; see details below.
We will continue to include the schedules for these constituent meetings in upcoming issues of the LWV-AAA newsletter so you know when these opportunities arise.

Gretchen Driskell, Michigan House of Representatives, 52nd District covers the northern and western suburban Washtenaw County areas outside Ann Arbor.
Jeff Irwin, Michigan House of Representatives, 53rd District covers much of central-east Washtenaw County on either bank of the Huron River, comprising almost the entirety of the City of Ann Arbor, except for the northeastern part (between North Campus and Ann Arbor Township). Unless there is a conflict, Rep. Irwin's coffee hours are always the 4th Saturday of the month from 10-12 at Espresso Royale in downtown Ann Arbor (214 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104).
David Rutledge, Michigan House of Representatives, 54th District covers the eastern portion of Washtenaw County, and includes Superior Township and Ypsilanti Township, as well as the City of Ypsilanti.
Adam Zemke, Michigan House of Representatives, 55th District includes the northern part of the city of Ann Arbor, a portion of the city of Milan, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Augusta, Pittsfield and York. Rep. Zemke always has coffee hours the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 10 am. The 2nd Saturdays are always at Brewed Awakenings in Saline (7025 E. Michigan Ave), and the 4th Saturdays alternate between The Espresso Bar in Ann Arbor (204 S. Fourth Ave, above Literati) and The Morning Owl in Milan (9 W. Main Street). A link to Representative Zemke's coffee hour calendar is available at 055.housedems.com or by following the "Calendar" link on his website at http://housedems.com/state-rep-adam-zemke.
Below are the specific dates and locations we have so far received for 2016.
May 21 10-11am Rep. Zemke The Morning Owl, 9 W Main St, Milan
May 28 10-12am Rep. Irwin Espresso Royale, 214 S. Main Ann Arbor

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

LWV-AAA prepared listing of names and contact information of elected officials including local officials, as well as state and national. YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

WHO'S WHO IN LANSING

And how to contact them. See 2015-2016 Citizen's Guide to Government issued by the Michigan Legislature; includes state agencies.