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SAVE THE DATE: Kickoff Meeting Thurs, 9/21, with Barbara McQuade

Barbara McQuade, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and currently professor at the Univeristy of Michigan Law School, will be our speaker at the LWV Kickoff Meeting. Her discussion will be entitled, "The Case for Women in Leadership."

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm Barbara McQuade
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Drive
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

The first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney in the eastern district, Ms McQuade was appointed by President Obama in 2010 and served until March of this year. She oversaw the prosecution for the federal cases against former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the Underwear Bomber, along with cases involving corporate fraud, theft of trade secrets and civil rights. She also served as vice chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and co-chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.

As an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit for 12 years as well as deputy chief of the National Security Unit, she handled cases ranging from terrorism financing, export violations and foreign agents. She began her career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman in Detroit and practiced law at Butzel Long.

In her current role as a law professor, Ms McQuade has said that there has never been a more important time to help students develop a deep understanding of our laws, courts and legal system.

Please invite family and friends to join us as we welcome Ms McQuade to Grosse Pointe!

Grosse Pointe Candidate Forums

PLEASE NOTE! THE LOCATION OF THE GP CITY FORUM HAS CHANGED. It is now taking place at the War Memorial

Grosse Pointe City: Mayoral & City Council
Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

7 - 9 pm
GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd.
GP Farms, MI 48236

Mayoral Candidates:
Christopher Boettcher and Dale N. Scrace

City Council Candidates:
(Three to be Elected)
David T. Fries, Sheila Tomkowiak, Chris Walsh, Daniel J. Williams


Grosse Pointe Farms: Mayoral Race
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

7 - 9 pm
Services for Older Citizens,
158 Ridge Rd.
GP Farms, MI 48236

Mayoral Candidates
Joe Ricci and Louis Theros

Check out our flier here

MCVS/LWVMI's redistricting program presentation

Want to learn more about redistricting reform and the gerrymandering problem? LWV Macomb (MCVS) will present the LWVMI's redistricting program at three scheduled events:

Tues, Sept 19th
Sterling Heights Senior Center

40200 Utica Rd
Sterling Heights, 48313

Wed, Sept 27th
Sterling Heights Library

40255 Dodge Park Rd
Sterling Heights, 48313

Mon, Oct 16th
Clinton Township Senior Center

40730 Romeo Plank Rd
Charter Twp of Clinton, 48038

Come and learn about an important aspect of our democracy

Thurs, August 17: Grosse Pointe-Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil

LWVGP has been invited to co-sponsor the Grosse Pointe-Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil on Thursday, August 17, at the War Memorial. This is a peaceful, non-partisan, and non-denominational gathering of our community to show support for the City of Charlottesville and the victims of hate.

Thurs, Aug 17
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Drive
Grosse Pointe Farms
Michigan 48236
Doors open at 6:30 pm; the Vigil is from 7-8

Other sponsors include the GP War Memorial and the GP Unitarian Church, the NAACP of GP/HW, We GP, and the GP Dems.

Broadcast of Candidate Forum for House District 1 Primary

The State Rep Candidate Forum for House District 1 is now available online.


Also, spread the word to folks without computers that they can also watch a rebroadcast of the forum on the War Memorial's Channel 5 beginning on Friday, July 28. It will run until the election. The evening broadcast begins at 6:30

In the Pointes, State House District 1 covers GP Shores, GP Woods, Harper Woods as well as an eastern section of Detroit. To review the complete district map, click here

Voter Guides on

To build your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find their polling place; check voting hours; and read tips about voting in Michigan.

Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process and election day, and is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource now available.

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to:
1) Type in your complete address
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues"
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

TV Rebroadcast of Candidate Forum

The candidate forum for the House District 1 seat was video recorded by WMTV-War Memorial (Channel 5) television. The rebroadcast times are currently uncertain, but we'll post them here as soon as we know them.

Detroit Candidate Forums

Learn about Detroit's candidates and their positions on issues before the August 8th primary

Mayoral Candidate Forum
July 25th, 5:30p-7:30p

Council-at-Large & City Clerk Candidate Forum
July 26th, 5:30p-7:30p

Both candidate forums will be held at:
Detroit Main Library
Friends Auditorium
5201 Woodward Ave

Detroit, MI 48202

Print out the flyer here

Click here for the LWV of Detroit's facebook page

Candidate Forum: Monday July 10

The House of Representatives - District 1 primary election - August 8, 2017 - is very soon.

Are YOU informed and ready to vote? Learn about the candidates and the issues!

Monday, July 10, 2017
7-9 pm
Wayne County Community College
Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center
19305 Vernier, Harper Woods, MI 48225
(Across from Eastland Center)

The candidate list can be found at the Secretary of State website

In the Pointes, State House District 1 covers GP Shores, GP Woods, Harper Woods as well as an eastern section of Detroit. To review the complete district map, click here

Download the flyer here

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Detroit and Grosse Pointe

District 1 Election to Vote for a New Representative in the State House

This is a Message from the State House District 1 Staff:
Brian Banks resigned as the representative of the 1st House District in February, but staff of House District 1 are still available to assist you. They will make every effort to respond to your needs, questions and concerns as soon as possible. To contact their office, please call (517) 373-0154 or reach them toll-free at (888) 254-5291, or leave them a message using this contact form

The primary election for Brian Banks' replacement is on Aug. 8.
The general election will be on Nov. 7.

Click here for additional information on the special election for District 1 State Representative.
To review the current candidate list, click here.

In the Pointes, State House District 1 covers GP Shores, GP Woods, Harper Woods as well as an eastern section of Detroit. To review the complete district map, click here

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Save the Date: Sunday, June 11: 1st Annual GP Pride March

LWVGP will be joining the first annual GP Pride March

Sunday, June 11
10-11 am
GP South High School

Meet at the GP South parking lot on Fisher Rd (J-Lot) beginning at 9:30. The march will take place along Kercheval, from South to Maire. Sponsored by We GP

Check out the flyer here

May 13: Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting Just Around the Corner

Mark your calendar and send in your reservation early for our Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting.

Saturday, May 13
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Country Club of Detroit
220 Country Club Drive, GPF

A beautiful buffet breakfast will be served at 9:00, followed by our speaker, Judy Karandjeff, President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. Her topic, "Protecting Our Democracy", will include an update on current proposed legislation of interest to the League.

Judy has a long history of volunteering with the League, both in her Lansing Branch and at the state level, where she was legislative Chair 1981-83 and Advocacy Chair the four years prior to becoming President. She is extremely knowledgeable about Michigan politics and speaks throughout the state on the need for redistricting reform. Long a civil rights and women's activist, Judy has a master's of Public Administration and was Executive Director of the Michigan's Women's Commission and Planned Parenthood Affiliates and Advocates of Michigan.

Following the speaker will be the Annual Meeting where members elect officers, approve next year's budget and propose program ideas.

To reserve, please send a check to LWVGP for $20.00 to Jan Wells by May 6. (fyi, this is a new RSVP address)
Print out your reservation form here.

Valet parking will be available.

You can watch the GPPSS Diversity Forum online

If you were unable to attend the public forum April 12th where the Grosse Pointe Public School System Diversity Plan was presented, the event was videotaped and can be accessed from the district website (, under the School Board dropdown, click Watch the Meeting) or use this direct link:

All questions submitted last night will be answered and posted on the district site under the Headlines section. GPPSS thanks all who are participating in this civil dialogue that supports its mission to:
Promote Innovation
Maximize Potential
Embrace Community.
One GP: where everyone learns, every day.

Tues, Apr 25: Current Challenges to the Great Lakes

The value of the Great Lakes to Michigan is extremely high. There have been threats to these waters for over a century. It seems that every time a solution is found other threats appear.

Our speaker, Krista Grimm, is prepared to discuss the most current and on-going challenges. There are many form of pollution, plus invasive species and withdrawals.

Krista is an experienced urban planner from Chicago, who has a strong interest in and knowledge of the Lakes.

The meeting will be held:
Tues, April 25th
7:00 pm
222 Cloverly, GPF

Please RSVP to this meeting so we can anticipate the number of attendees. Email or call313 8844637

April 17: LWV Redistricting Process Training

The LWVMI is providing a training session for interested individuals who would like to be able to present the League's position on Michigan's redistricting process. It will be at Jan and Tom Wells home on April 17th from 7 to 9 pm. Please email or call Tom or Jan to RSVP so they can plan on the number of attendees.

Mon, April 17
7:00 pm
472 Shelbourne, GPF

Wed Apr 12, GPPSS Diversity Plan Forum Rescheduled

The Grosse Pointe school district has a vision of "One GP -- where everyone learns, every day," and as stated in its Strategic Plan, has a commitment to:

  • Diversity -- respecting differences among individuals and groups;

  • Equity -- creating opportunities and challenging discrimination; and

  • Inclusion -- where everyone can participate regardless of the groups to which they belong.

The district has drafted a diversity plan with these values, and wants to engage the community in the process.

The forum to present the GPPSS Diversity Plan has been rescheduled for
Wednesday, April 12
7:00 pm
Pierce Middle School Auditorium
15430 Kercheval, GPP

A panel of experts with local ties will follow the presentation by GPPSS' Directors of Curriculum. The discussion will be moderated by the non-partisan League of Women Voters. Principals, clergy, municipal leaders and the public are all invited to attend.

For additional details, check out the flyer

A new meeting-time for Macomb County Voter Services

Please join with us to further our voter education efforts in Macomb County!

We meet at 7 PM on the fourth Thursday of the month (previously we met on Mondays) at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Avenue, (48043)

Additional information can be found on our webpage and our Facebook page

Hot Off The Press: LWVGP's "Your Government Officials 2017" is now available

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure for 2016 which lists the officials who represent you in the many different levels of government is now available. Look for it at local city halls, schools, libraries and other civic institutions, or print it out here:
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Important links to the Secretary of State's Office for voting information

Local, State, and National LWV Links

Read LWVGP's Newsletter The Voter

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Join the League!

Check out the LWV's New Member Handbook here

The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is strictly nonpartisan, neither endorsing candidates nor supporting political parties. The LWVGP, in both its values and its practices, reaffirms its commitment to diversity. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.