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There are five candidates seeking to become Ypsilanti's next mayor.  Sitting Mayor Amanda Edmonds decided against seeking re-election.  2nd Ward City councilwoman Beth Bashert was unopposed in the August primary but now faces a run-off with four others.  Anne Brown has previously served on Ypsilanti City Council.  Adrienne Hirschfelder is a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University.  Mickiela Tate is an Ypsilanti resident dipping into local politics for the first time, and Shiela McSpadden is a write-in candidate seeking her first elective office.  Four of the five candidates gathered at Riverside Arts Center for a public forum Tuesday night.  McSpadden did not participate.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there. 


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This week on “In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, we meet and talk with the winner of the student art poster contest encouraging people to vote.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with senior Jack Weddell and his art teacher at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School Helen Bunch.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

The mid-term elections are about a month away, now. Typically, turnout for mid-terms is much lighter than in presidential election years. This year, the political climate is tense and polarized. That appears to be manifesting itself among younger voters with a new sense of interest. In looking at Washtenaw County, if newly registered young voters turn out, it could help determine outcomes in November. 

Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

Many events are coming up in the world of local politics, including meetings on several business developments in Ann Arbor and the possibility of a new Ann Arbor police commission.  These are just a few of the topics discussed by WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan in this week's "Civic Matters."


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This week on “In the Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to several guests about candidate and issue public forums organized by the league.  Jeanine DeLay coordinates the events and is joined by local high school debate teachers Shelly Venema and Debora Marsh.


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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area is working to help seniors register to vote, apply for absent voter ballots, and get on the permanent absent voter list, but never with the actual ballot itself.  This week, on "In the Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to League of Women Voters member Kathy Whitaker about helping seniors engage in the democratic process.


Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

There are many opportunities to becoke more civically engaged in the weeks ahead. There is a plan to establish a Washtenaw County Youth Commission and mid-term elections are right around the corner and there are a number of ways to get involved. WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss these and other topics in this week's edition of "Civic Matters."


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This week, on "In the Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry gets the lowdown on some interesting league history from member Susan Wooley.


Lisa Barry

This week on “In The Public Interest,” our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry speaks with league member Margaret Leary about an upcoming ballot proposal dealing with redistricting in Michigan…


Lisa Barry

In our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks about the upcoming primary election coming up on August 7th.

Lisa talks to Washtenaw County Chief Deputy Clerk/Register and Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski and league member Cheryl Depner.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area

On this week's "In The Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area's Nancy Schewe about VOTE411.org, the online voter guide, and the paper copy that is available in newspapers and at libraries.  They discuss VOTE411 history and how to use it effectively for August 7th primary, which is only a few weeks away.  


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area

This week on our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by league member Paige Nong to talk about raising awareness and participation in the upcoming primary election on August 7th.


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Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities have been busy with such matters as a lawsuit involving the Library Lot and upcoming school board elections.  These are just a few of topics discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's Patrick Campion and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


Lisa Barry

On "In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with Donna Crudder of the local league about their ongoing candidate public forums.


Lisa Barry

In this week's "In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Washtenaw County Elections Director Ed Golembiewski and league member Cheryl Depner.  They talk about what's involved in being a county elections inspector and other issues related to rules and regulations concerning several upcoming elections.


This week on “In the Public Interest,” 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry has a conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area to talk about their co-sponsored events around town, including a recent public forum on carbon pricing, where Ginny Rogers of the Citizens Climate Lobby in Ann Arbor spoke.


Ann Arbor City Council takes up the issue of affordable housing again tonight.  The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber will take up the issue on Wednesday.  In this week's edition of WEMU's "Civic Matters," we also focus on other civic engagement opportunities on the issues of voting, suicide prevention and protecting and celebrating the Huron River. 

Lisa Barry

This week, as part of the bi-weekly conversation with the local League of Women Voters, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with league publicist Mary Seelhorst and one of the league's newer members, Paige Nong.


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Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

In this week's bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with Sue Smith, a member of the Ann Arbor area league and a board member of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.


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In addition to deciding the "Y" lot issue, Ann Arbor City Council and the Ann Arbor Library Board will continue budget discussions.  Absentee Ballots are available for the May 8th elections, and the annual Commuter Challenge is about to get underway!  Join WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative to find out all about these topics and more in this week's "Civic Matters." 


Lisa Barry

In this second edition of "In The Public Interest," a bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by two guests talking about their efforts to get local high school students registered to vote and inspiring their interest with art as in a poster contest.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area

We're kicking off a new segment on WEMU called "In The Public Interest."  It is a bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area talking about the importance of a politically engaged community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry begins. 


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


There is plenty going on in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County this week. WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiaitive executive director, Mary Morgan, cover it for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


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