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    4 Reasons to Watch a Candidate Forum

    The League of Women Voters has a long history of hosting nonpartisan candidate forums and educating the American people. Every election season, Leagues across the county hold hundreds of candidate debates and forums to help voters learn about the candidates on their ballot. Attending or watching a candidate debate is one of the best ways to prepare for casting your ballot. As a core feature of U.S. politics, candidate debates help voters learn more about a candidate and his or her stance on key issues. What’s more, debates can be fun. Here’s why you should attend a local candidate debate! 

    ***Excerpt taken from LWV.org post found here

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    Candidate and Issue Forums


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    Debates or forums for candidates for state-wide office are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD).  Such forums must conform to its policy governing debates.  Candidate forums for other offices are the responsibility of local Leagues, which establish their own criteria.   


    Representatives to Congress

    District 1 - June 10, 2018, 1:30pm - 4:45pm, both Republican and Democratic Primary candidates in back-to-back sessions - Cadby Hall at Chesapeake College, Routes 50 & 301, Wye Mills, MD 21679 - Contact: Nancy Smith, nismith@verizon.net; 410-708-5653 or 410-639-2739

    District 6 (Primary Election) - June 5, 2018, 7:00 PM - Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theater - Sign up to attend.

    District 6 (General Election) - October 11, 2018, 7:00 PM - Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theater - Sign up to attend. 

     


    Gubernatorial Election

    Democratic Gubernatorial Forum - May 21, 2018 - 7:00-8:00pm - Tune on your local MPT channel or watch online here:

    You can set a reminder now! Hosted by: LWVMD, Maryland Public Television, The Reginald Lewis Museum, WBAL AM and WBAL TV - Contact: Barbara Crain, bcrain@lwvmd.org


    Maryland General Assembly

    District 36 - June 5, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM - Board of Education Building 202, Chesterfield Avenue, Centreville, MD - Contact: Mary Campbell lwvqac@gmail.com

    District 40 - May 18, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM Heritage United Church of Christ, 3110 Liberty Heights Ave Baltimore, MD 21215

    District 41 - June 6, 7:00-9:00 PM - Edward A. Myerberg Center (co-host), 3101 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore, MD 21209 - Contact: Sally T. Grant, sallytgrant@gmail.com, 410-358-0192 OR 410-409-7775

    District 43 - May 23, 7:00-9:00 PM - Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5701 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21239

    District 45 - June 6, 6:00 - 7:45 PM - Mt. Pleasant Church and Ministries, 6000 Radecke Ave., Baltimore 21206

    District 46 - May 15, 5:30 - 7:30 PM Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224


    County Offices

    Baltimore County Executive, Republican Candidates - April 24, 2018, 7:00 PM - Stemmers Run Middle School - Contact: Betsy Sexton, esexton2009@gmail.com, 410-821-5014

    Baltimore County Executive, Democratic Candidates - May 2, 2018, 7:00 PM - Stemmers Run Middle School - Contact: Betsy Sexton, esexton2009@gmail.com, 410-821-5014

    Frederick County Council At-Large Candidates - June 12, 2018, Unity Church 5112 Pegasus Ct., Ste E, Frederick, MD 21703 - Contact: Sarah Matthews, sarahfkm@yahoo.com

    Montgomery County Board of Education - April 23, 2018, 6:30 to 8:45 PM - Gaithersburg High School - Video of the forum can be seen HERE.

    Montgomery County Executive - May 17, 2018, 7:00 PM - East County Community Recreation Center - Click here for more information.

    Prince George's County Executive - March 10, 2018 - Video

    Prince George's County Sheriffs Candidates Forum - April 26, 7:00-9:00 PM - St. Stephen Baptist Church

    Queen Anne's County Commissioner (Republican Candidates) - June 7, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM - Board of Education Building 202, Chesterfield Avenue, Centreville, MD - Contact: Mary Campbell jimaryc@atlanticbb.net

    Queen Anne's County Clerk of Court & Board of Education, District 2- Meet & Greet - June 7, 2018, 6:30-7:00pm - Board of Education Building 202, Chesterfield Avenue, Centreville, MD - Contact: Mary Campbell jimaryc@atlanticbb.net

    St. Mary's County Primary Election Candidate Forum - May 21, 5:00-9:00 PM - Lexington Park Library. Streaming Here

    Washington County Board of Education - Sept. 13,  7 PM - Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown - Sign up to attend.

    Board of County Commissioners of Washington County - Sept. 13, 7:00 PM - Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown - Sign up to attend.


    Municipal Offices

    Town Council Candidates Forum St. Michaels -  May 2, 6-8pm - Christ Church Parish House (Etherton Hall) - 103 Willow Street, St. Michaels, MD. CONTACT: Hilary Gibson, Chair, Voter Services, League of Women Voters of the Mid-Shore, 443-646-3338 - LWVMS.MD@gmail.com 


    Issue Forums

    Anne Arundel "Protecting our Elections: Security of the Systems, Integrity of the Results" - May 15, 3:00- 4:30 PM - Room 107, CALT Building, Anne Arundel Community College. EVENT FLYER


    Links to web streaming of forums among candidates for both state and local offices in the June 2018 primary election will be posted as they become available.

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  • Upcoming events

    Monday, May 21, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    Maryland Public Television (MPT Televised Event)

    Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum


    Hosted by: LWVMD, MPT, The Reginald Lewis Museum, WBAL AM & WBAL TV

    Tune in to Maryland Public Television (MPT) at 7pm on Monday, May 21st to see the Democratic candidates for Governor face off. Voters will choose in Primary Election on June 26th, 2018 which of these Democratic candidates will head to the General Election on November 6th, 2018. You can watch the live stream of this event online here - the video above will go live with the forum at 7pm on Monday! You can even set a reminder on YouTube - Just click the play button above to activate the reminder option.

    Check it out! Be informed!

    Want to learn what the candidates think about the issues now?

    Click here: https://www.lwvmd.org/voter_s_guide_sign_up to access LWVMD's Voter's Guide. The candidates have been asked questions on many important issues in Maryland, and their answers have been recorded in the Voter's Guide to help you stay informed!

    Did you know? Maryland is a CLOSED PRIMARY state.

    That means, if you aren't registered with the party, you can't vote in their primary. So, if you aren't registered with a party, but you would like to vote in their primary you need to update your registration by June 5th! Go here now to register online:http://www.vote411.org/register#.Wv22bIgvyUl

    Interested in attending other forums around the state? Click here to see what our Local LWV's are hosting

    Saturday, June 09, 2018 at 09:30 AM · $40.00 USD
    Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD

    LWVMD 2018 Council


    Schedule of Events

    9:30 Registration

    10:00 Welcome To Harford County - Barry Glassman, County Executive, Credentials Report

    10:15  Plenary Session: Workshop on LWV US "Assessment and Transformation Road Map" & Budget Presentation

    11:30 Lunch Chesapeake Dining Hall at Harford Community College - Meg Heubeck, from the University of Virginia, will give the keynote address on Civic Education

    1: 15 Plenary Session: Election Study consensus/Review study and consensus procedures for Local Leagues

      2:15  Closing remarks/announcements


    To print and mail your registration form, Click Here


    Will you be a delegate?

    If you register online, please click here to let us know!

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