Learn about our activities and then check out our calendar to see what is coming up. We invite you to attend our events and better yet join us as a member and volunteer your time.
Come learn more about redistricting and gerrymandering in Michigan and efforts to improve how congressional districts are drawn.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4TH 7 PM
903 HEIRMAN UNIVERSITY CENTER
March 11-17, 2018 is Sunshine Week!
"The League of Women Voters of Delta County, Marquette County Unit is celebrating Sunshine Week during March 11-17," said David Allen of the Marquette Unit. The League has supported Sunshine Week since its inception in 2005 as a way to highlight the importance of open government and freedom of information.
Allen added, "When I managed environmental litigation for the federal government, I was responsible for classifying documents and maintaining a public reading room, which is how I learned about the critical need for government transparency and an engaged public. As the coordinator of the League's Observer Corps in Marquette, I'm thrilled to continue striving for an informed public that engages local government thoughtfully and effectively."
The Observer Corps protects and strengthens the citizen's right to know, and Sunshine Week is designed to highlight open government and freedom of information at the local, state and federal levels. The League promotes this nonpartisan effort to enlighten and empower individuals to play an active role in their government at all levels and give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.
"Sunshine," or openness in government, refers to two distinct areas: access to public records and access to public meetings. Every day, people have the right to know what actions their government is taking by attending public meetings and accessing public documents. You can help make Sunshine Week burn even brighter in 2018.
For more information on Observer Programs see the "Observing Your Government in Action Protecting Your Right to Know A Resource Guide"https://www.lwv.org/observing-your-government-action-guide.
There were two segments. The first segment for the Gladstone City Commission had a full house. The candidates for the Gladstone City Commission 2-year term are Bradley Mantela (incumbent) and Mike O'Connor. The candidates for the Gladstone City Commission 4-year term are Joe Thompson and Steven Viau (incumbents), Joshua Godfrey, Darin Hunter, Ken LaVigne, and Dave Nemacheck.
The second segment was the Escanaba City Council. The candidates for three 4-year terms are Patricia Baribeau, Ralph Blasier, and Marc Tall (incumbents), Katherine Hardt, and Peggy O'Connell Schumann.
The moderator for the forum was League Member Patricia Rudden. Written questions from the audience were accepted. The forum was streamed live at https://www.dstech.net/live-streams/city-council-chambers/ and is available on youtube. The November General Election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A Candidate Forum for the Marquette City Commission was held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:00 + 8:30 p.m. at the Marquette City Commission Chambers at the Marquette City Offices, 300 W. Baraga Ave, Marquette. The six candidates running for the three open seats on the Marquette City Commission have been invited: Tom Baldini, Justin Brugman, Peter Frazier, Tony Ghiringhelli, Jermey Ottaway and Fred Stonehouse. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delta County, Marquette County Unit. The forum included opening statements, audience questions and closing statements. The moderator for the evening was League member, Darlene Allen. The public was invited to attend the forum and written audience questions were collected and asked by the moderator during the forum. The forum will be video taped and posted on the local League Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/LWVDeltaCountyMarquetteCountyUnit/. It is also available in its entirety on Youtube.
The Annual Used Book Sale was held August 5th in conjunction with the Waterfront Arts Festival. This is Delta County's only fundraising event for the League. Attendees had a chance to enjoy a beautiful sunny day, browse the arts and crafts, hear local music and shop for a great deal on books. A few of the new Marquette County League members enjoyed helping with the event. The Book Sale had a good year this year!
The success of the Book Sale is directly related to the quality and amount of inventory. The larger and better the inventory, the higher the profit. Therefore, the LWV of Delta County is now collecting USED BOOKS, VIDEOS, CD'S, DVD'S, SHEET MUSIC, AND CASSETTES for next year's sale. The CD's sell like hotcakes, so we especially encourage the donation of CD and DVD collections. Books with a copyright date less than 10 years, children's books of any copyright date, and all other above-mentioned items in good condition may be donated anytime during the year at Northern Michigan Bank c/o Pat Rudden. This year- round drop-off location works out great, thus we have a large inventory of books to sell in August.