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County Commissioners to Present Mid-Term Review and Preview RESCHEDULED for January 31st

Last week’s County Commissioners’ Mid Term Review and Preview Forum was cancelled due to the County Schools closing for inclement weather. As announced, the Forum is rescheduled for Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the County Board of Elections Building on Chesterfield Avenue in Centreville. At the mid-point in their term, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners will look back at their first two years, then look forward to their next two years, and make themselves available for questions from the public. Like similar forums held four and eight years ago, this forum is sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters and is free and open to the public.

The evening will be divided into two segments. The first, the Review, will give each Commissioner a brief time answer the following question: “From your perspective, what are the major accomplishments and disappointments of the Board of County Commissioners during the last two years? Please consider including the following areas: residential and commercial growth (rural areas, Kent Island, municipalities); economic development; emergency services; taxes; affordable housing; education; environment; agriculture; good government.” The audience will then have an opportunity to question the Commissioners about the first half of their term.

In the Preview half of the forum, the focus will turn to the future, with each Commissioner giving a brief description of the items of unfinished business and initiatives he hopes the Board of Commissioners will accomplish during the last two years of their term. The audience will once again have the opportunity to pose questions to the Commissioners.

The County Commissioners are: David Dunmyer (District 1), Bob Simmons (District 2), Philip Dumenil (District 3), Dave Olds (District 4), and Steven Arentz (At Large).

The moderator will be Dana York, a member of the Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters and a resident of Centreville. She moderated the mid-term forums in 2009 and 2005.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increases understanding of major public policy issues. Women and men of voting age are invited to join the League.

 

County Commissioners to Present Mid-Term Review and Preview

At the mid-point in their term, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners will look back at their first two years, then look forward to their next two years, and make themselves available for questions from the public. A forum, “Halfway Through – A Review and Preview with the County Commissioners,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 24 in the Board Room of the County Board of Education Building at 202 Chesterfield Ave. in Centreville. Like similar forums held four and eight years ago, this forum is sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters and is free and open to the public.

The evening will be divided into two segments. The first, the Review, will give each Commissioner a brief time answer the following question: “From your perspective, what are the major accomplishments and frustrations of the Board of County Commissioners during the last two years? Please consider including the following areas: residential and commercial growth (rural areas, Kent Island, municipalities); economic development; emergency services; taxes; affordable housing; education; environment; agriculture; good government.” The audience will then have an opportunity to question the Commissioners about the first half of their term.

In the Preview half of the forum, the focus will turn to the future, with each Commissioner giving a brief description of the items of unfinished business and initiatives he hopes the Board of Commissioners will accomplish during the last two years of their term. The audience will once again have the opportunity to pose questions to the Commissioners.

The County Commissioners are: David Dunmyer (District 1), Bob Simmons (District 2), Philip Dumenil (District 3), Dave Olds (District 4), and Steven Arentz (At Large).

The moderator will be Dana York, a member of the Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters and a resident of Centreville. She moderated the mid-term forums in 2009 and 2005. If the County schools are closed due to snow or ice, the forum will be postponed until Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the Board of Education Bldg. in Centreville.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increases understanding of major public policy issues. Women and men of voting age are invited to join the League.

 

Family Night – Civics 101: Passport to Knowledge

The League of Women Voters of Queen Anne’s County is pleased to announce “Family Night – Civics 101: Passport to Knowledge”, an educational forum for students and their families about the basics of American Democracy, on Thursday, September 27th beginning at 6:30 pm.

The event will be held at the Kramer Center, located at 104 Powell Street in Centreville. Representatives from municipal, county, state and federal government, as well as the board of election and board of education, will be on hand to give a primer about the function of their branch of government and answer questions. Students will receive a “passport” upon entry into the program, and after successfully visiting each level of government and answering a question, they will receive a stamp and upon completion, a free icy treat from Rita’s!

There will be a Civics Trivia game, and many opportunities to win prizes and giveaways.

For more information, feel free to contact the League at LWVQAC@gmail.com.

 

League of Women Voters of Queen Anne’s County

The League of Women Voters of Queen Anne’s County met recently at a member’s home to plan the League’s 2011-12 calendar. Programs for the coming year were scheduled with a focus on upcoming elections in Queen Anne’s County towns, as well as the state and national elections that will be held in 2012. The League sponsors forums on a number of other topics of interest to citizens, such as the environment, land use, social issues, good government and childhood education. The LWVQAC is a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in their government. For further information, contact LWVQAC at P.O. Box 341, Centreville, MD 21617 or LWVQAC@gmail.com.

Results From Candidates’ Public Forum

The most shocking words at a public forum of candidates for Queen Anne’s County commissioner may have come from Dave Olds, the Republican District 4 candidate. He said he would support a third Bay Bridge linking Queen Anne’s County to the western shore. Olds clarified his statement by saying, “I don’t think it will ever happen.” Olds added that he would prefer seeing another bridge built farther south, and also that it would not work in Queen Anne’s County unless they widened all the roads leading up to the bridge. All other candidates favored a third bridge connecting to a lower county on the Eastern Shore.

One audience member asked for a show of hands of the candidates who favored having larger retail “big box” stores, such as Walmart and Target, in the county. Without a chance to clarify their position, Republican candidate Steven Arentz for the at-large seat and District 1 Democratic candidate Joe Gannon raised their hands.

The public forum sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters was held at the Board of Education Building on Chesterfield Avenue. The event featured a two-minute introduction by each of the 10 candidates followed by questions from the audience and ending with a two-minute closing statement from each candidate. Most of the public questions were pointed towards the candidates for the at-large seat: Arentz and Democrat Neal Jackson. The winner of the at-large seat serves as president of the commissioners for the first year of the four-year term. Following the first year of their term, the commissioners annually, by majority vote, select one member to serve as president.

QAC League Sponsors Forums, Meet and Greet for Candidates

The 2010 Election Season swings into its final days with three forums and a Meet and Greet sponsored by The Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters.

Sunday, October 17, Congressman Frank Kratovil and challengers Andy Harris, Jack Wilson, and Richard J. Davis will answer questions from the League and from the audience. This Forum, which will take place at 2 pm at the Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville, is the only forum in which these candidates will meet. It is co-sponsored with the Mid-Shore League, the Kent County League, and AARP Maryland.

A forum on Monday, October 18 at the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education will feature Queen Anne’s County Sheriff candidates, Gary Hofmann, Livingston Banks, and Charles Richter. The candidates will introduce themselves and then answer audience questions. The League requests that there is no electioneering and no campaign literature or paraphernalia in the building. Signs outside are OK; distribution of campaign materials outside after forum is fine.

The following night, Tuesday, October 19 at 7 p.m., the Kent County League and the QAC League will co-sponsor a forum for General Assembly candidates (House of Delegates and State Senate) in Chestertown at the Kent County Board of Education in Chestertown.

There will be a Meet and Greet for candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Register of Wills, and Judge of the Orphans Court on Thursday evening, October 21, from 7 to 8:30 at the Board of Education Bldg. on Chesterfield Ave. in Centreville. The evening will begin with a brief description of the duties of each position. The candidates for that position will then have a chance to speak about themselves. When all candidates have spoken, they will go to their tables where they will answer questions one-on-one.

The League of Women Voters of Queen Anne’s County is a non-partisan organization open to men and women of voting age. Its mission is to encourage the informed participation of citizens in their government. For questions, call 410.758.3071.

Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters Five General Election Forums Fall 2010

Tuesday, October 12 Candidates for Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners
7 – 9 p.m. Queen Anne’s County Board of Education Bldg.
202 Chesterfield Ave. Centreville

Sunday, October 17 Candidates for District 1 Congressional Seat
2 p.m. Queen Anne’s County High School
Centreville
Co-sponsors LWV Kent Co., LWV Mid-Shore; AARP of MD

Monday, October 18 Candidates for Queen Anne’s County Sheriff
7-8:30 p.m. Queen Anne’s County Board of Education Bldg.
202 Chesterfield Ave., Centreville

Tuesday, October 19 Candidates for the Maryland General Assembly
7 p.m. Kent County Board of Education Bldg.
Chestertown
Co-sponsors: LWV Kent Co.

Thursday, October 21 Meet and Greet – Candidates for Queen Anne’s County
7- 8:30 p.m. Clerk of the Circuit Court, Register of Wills, Judge of the Orphan’s Court
Queen Anne’s County Board of Education
202 Chesterfield Ave., Centreville

League Of Women Voters’ Forum For Candidates For County Commissioner

The Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters will hold a forum for candidates for the five Board of County Commissioner seats on Tuesday evening, October 12 in the Board Room of the County Board of Education Building, 202 Chesterfield Ave. in Centreville at 7 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.

Regardless of which of the four Commissioner Districts a voter lives in, each voter can vote for five commissioner candidates, one from each of the four Commissioner Districts plus one commissioner candidate for the “At Large” seat.

For the At Large seat Democrat Neal Jackson is opposed by Republican Steve Arentz. The winner of the At Large seat will be the County Commissioner President for the first year of the Commissioners’ four year term. In the 1st Commissioner District, voters will be choosing between Republican David Dunmyer and Democrat Joe Gannon. In the 2nd District, incumbent Democrat Paul Gunther is opposed by Republican Bob Simmons. Phil Dumenil is running against Pastor Arlene Taylor in the 3rd District, and Democrat Jack Broderick and Republican Dave Olds are the opposing candidates for the 4th District seat.

The forums will begin with each candidate introducing him or herself. The introductions will be followed by questions from audience. At the end, each candidate will be given time for a closing statement.

No electioneering will be permitted inside the Board of Education Building; no campaign paraphernalia, including buttons, signs and literature will be allowed inside.

The Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization committed to encouraging the active and informed participation of citizens in government. Membership is open to citizens age 18 or over, female or male.

League of Women Voters Sets Candidate Forums for General Assembly, QAC Commissioners Primaries

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring two Candidate Forums to help citizens make informed choices on  Primary Election Day, Tuesday, September 14, or when voting early beginning September 3.

The first Forum is for Primary Candidates for the Maryland General Assembly from the 36th District.  It will be held on Tuesday evening, August 17, and is co-sponsored by the Kent and Queen Anne’s Leagues of Women Voters.

The second Forum, for Primary Candidates for the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners, will take place on Thursday evening, August 19, and is sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County League.

Both forums will be held at the Board of Education Building at 202 Chesterfield Avenue in Centreville.  Each forum will begin at 6 p.m. and be presented in two parts.  The first half will be for Democratic candidates; the second half for the Republican candidates will begin at 7:15 for the General Assembly Forum and 7:30 for the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners Forum.  These forums are free and open to the public, and citizens are invited to attend an entire forum or for just one party.

All candidates in the Primaries are participating.  Both forums will begin with each candidate introducing him or herself.  The introductions will be followed by questions from audience.  At the end, each candidate will be given time for a closing statement.  No electioneering will be permitted inside the Board of Education Building; no campaign paraphernalia, including buttons, signs, or literature will be allowed inside.

Forum for the 36th District General Assembly Primary Candidates

The 36th District is comprised of all of Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties, and part of Caroline County.  It is represented in the Maryland General Assembly by three Delegates and one Senator.  Each delegate must be from a different county and, regardless of a voter’s county of residence, a voter chooses three delegates from three separate counties.

The August 17th General Assembly Forum will begin at 6 p.m. with the Democratic Primary candidates.  There are two candidates running for State Senator, Robert Alt and Steven Munford.  For the three seats in the House of Delegates, there are only two Democratic candidates, Arthur Hock from Kent County and William Manlove from Cecil County.  There is no Democratic candidate from Queen Anne’s County.

On the Republican side at 7:15, there are two candidates running in the Primary for State Senator, incumbent E.J. Pipkin and Donald Alcorn. Also participating will be the four Republican candidates running in the House of Delegates race:  Jay Jacobs, who is unopposed for the Kent County seat; Michael Smigiel, who is unopposed for the Cecil County seat; and incumbent Richard Sossi, who is opposed by Stephen Hershey for the Queen Anne’s County seat.

Forum for QAC County Commissioner Primary Candidates

There are four Commissioner Districts in Queen Anne’s County and a fifth Commissioner serves at large.  Each voter, regardless of his or her district of residence, votes for five Commissioners, one from each District and one At Large.  County Commissioners are elected for a four year term and the At Large Commissioner serves as President of the Board of Commissioners for the first year.

The Democratic Primary candidates will start off at 6:00 on August 19.  Neal Jackson is unopposed for the At Large seat; Howard Dean and Joe Gannon are opposed in District 1; Paul Gunther is unopposed in District 2; Winn Krozack and Arlene Taylor are opposed in District 3; and Jack Broderick is unopposed in District 4.

At 7:30, the Republican Primary Candidates for County Commissioner will introduce themselves and answer audience questions.  They are: Steven Arentz, Robert Foley and Frank Frohn who are all running for the At Large seat; David Dunmyer and Robert Mansfield who are opposed in District 1; Bob Simmons and Richard Smith who are opposed in District 2; Phil Dumenil and Dave Olds who are unopposed in Districts 3 and 4, respectively.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization committed to encouraging the active and informed participation of citizens in government.  An informed citizenry is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy.  Membership is open to citizens age 18 or over, female or male.  For information, call Mary Campbell, 410.758.3071.

High School Voter Registration Day

By: Ashley Winterstein

High School Seniors have much to accomplish during the last year of their secondary education. With prom, graduation, and college or full time employment looming, one task easily delayed is the important civic duty of registering to vote.

For the first time, the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education, Character Counts!, and the Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters (LWV QAC) collaborated to offer a voter registration opportunity on campus to eligible students at Kent Island High School and Queen Anne’s County High School.

Tina Davis, Supervisor of Instruction for the areas of Social Studies and Career Technology in Queen Anne’s County, organized the event in hopes of making the task of registering easier and more likely for students. She contacted the non-partisan LWV QAC to assist in the venture. Jacki Carter, a member of Board of Directors of the LWV QAC and also Character Counts! Coordinator, saw this as “an excellent opportunity for students to practice citizenship in an meaningful manner.”

Members of the Kent Island High School Student Government Association and students in Elaine McNeil’s Government Class at Queen Anne’s County High School were asked to promote the event and assist at their respective schools.

On April 19, 2010 students who will be 18 years of age before November 2, 2010 were invited to their school’s cafeteria to participate in the voter registration, as they will be eligible to vote in the General Election this year.

Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney and active Character Counts! coach, Lance Richardson, was present at each school to share a few key points about the voting process. Richardson stressed that citizens must participate in the democratic process to have a say in how their towns, counties, and nation are run. He also explained that while voting is important, an educated vote is even more important. Learning about the candidates, the programs they support, and how they plan to spend taxpayer money are vital steps in the voting process.

To emphasize the magnitude of the right and responsibility that Americans have to participate, Richardson reminded the students of the women’s suffrage movement and that women didn’t get the right to vote until the 20th century. He also shared that although African Americans were granted the right to vote in the 1860’s, it actually took more than century before they truly got the right to vote due to intimidation tactics, fear, and literacy tests that were commonly used to keep African Americans from voting until the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

Mary Campbell, Co-President of the Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters, also spoke to the students and emphasized Richardson’s points about the intense struggle women endured not so long ago to earn their right to vote.

Using two of the Character Counts! Six Pillars of Character, she reminded them, “Exercising your right to vote is good citizenship; making sure you use your right to vote thoughtfully is being responsible.” Campbell was also able to direct the students on how to handle absentee and early voting, as some may be going off to college before the elections.

All parties involved have called the day a success and a project they hope will become an annual event. One hundred and three students at both high schools combined registered to vote that day, with many taking the forms home to fill in the other necessary personal information.

Dr. Carol Williamson, Superintendent of Schools, expressed her support of this event, stating, “This collaborative venture will ensure we have laid that foundation for those students eligible to vote in November. These students have passed the first hurdle; that of getting registered. The second hurdle will become that of informing one’s self of the platforms of each of the candidates. The final hurdle will be that of going to the polls and voting.”

James Evans, Kent Island High School Student Government Association Advisor, shared that the students “recognized that the importance of voting is not just left up to others, but that every vote really does count.” He continued by saying, “I feel that character is a very important trait. Not just for a candidate running for office, but for the voter as well. It is vital that we teach and instill in our students that you must have integrity as well as character in all that you do.”

Carter feels this was an excellent way to involve the students and encourage them to become contributing members of society. She shared after the event, “Our young adults need to step up to the plate and seriously practice citizenship. One means is through voting in an educated, caring and responsible manner. Hopefully, along with the schools, we have started these young adults on a pathway to enriching and supporting our communities, both locally and globally.”

If you would like more information about the League of Women Voters in Queen Anne’s County, please contact Mary Campbell at 410-758-3071.

For more information about the Character Counts! program, please contact Jacki Carter at 410-758-6677 or jcarter@qac.org.  Queen Anne’s County Character Counts! is a part of QAC Community Partnerships for Children and Families, our local management board.