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The next Community Forum and General Membership Meeting will be held Saturday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be two featured candidate panels: One for the U.S. House of Representatives (12th Congressional District) and one for Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (5th District).

The meeting will also include a brief meet-and-greet with candidates running for a variety of offices and an update from Charles Wilson, the Community Health Promotion Supervisor at the Washtenaw County Health Department, on the COVID-19/Reparations discussion started at last month’s WCDP meeting.

For details on additional programming and how to attend, vist the WCDP calendar.

Republican Absentee Voting Hypocrisy
Dirk Mayhew and Ericka Terry

In February, Republican Majority Leader for Michigan Senate Mike Shirkey called efforts to encourage absentee voting in light of the COVID pandemic a “dangerous precedent.” Shirkey has voted absentee the last five times he voted and hasn’t voted at the polls since March of 2016.

Live Bar Association Forums
The League of Women Voters Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Bar Association, and the Dispute Resolution Center present three virtual forums for candidates running for offices in Washtenaw County. You can watch these on the Dispute Resolution Center’s Facebook page.

  • Sheriff Forum: Tuesday, July 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Prosecutor Forum: Wednesday, July 15 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Judicial Forum: Thursday, July 16 @ 6:30 p.m.

Meet the Candidates
Hosted by Ann Arbor NANBPWC, Inc.
Sunday, July 19, 3 p.m. 

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (Ann Arbor) is hosting a forum designed to provide an introduction to a number distinguished Black women running for positions all around the county in the upcoming primary and general elections.

Visit our calendar for more information on how to attend.

In Case You Missed It
Over the past few months, there have been a number of venues featuring the Washtenaw County Prosecutor candidates Hugo MackEli Savat, and Arianne Slay. (Click on their names to visit their campaign websites.) If you are still undecided, here are two forums that were held last month covering a wide range of topics and issues:

For the Ann Arbor City Council races, you will find videos of candidate forums hosted by the Ann Arbor Democratic Party on their Facebook page and an additional live forum for Wards 3 and 4, hosted by Ward 3-4 Issues and Action at County Farm Park, also on Facebook.

Endorsement Meeting Voting Requirement
Last week, we sent out a notice about the WCDP’s Endorsement Meeting taking place on Tuesday, August 11. (Read it here.) This is a final reminder that you must be a member of the Michigan Democratic Party before July 11 in order to vote on endorsements. (If you are a Precinct Delegate, this requirement is waived, but you must be a member on the day of the meeting.) To check your status, email You can join the MDP (or renew your membership) online at

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