By TERRI CASTELAZ
IRON MOUNTAIN - In what is expected to be an exciting election year, 11 federal, state and local candidates will be presenting their political platforms as they participate in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Dolly Cook, left, Dickinson County Clerk, and Marsha Wainio, AAUW IM-K Public Policy Chairperson look over a 2012 ballot.
This town-hall style forum will be held at the Kingsford High School auditorium, 431 Hamilton Ave., in Kingsford.
The Candidates Forum will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 6:30 p.m.
Dee Benjamin will be participating as moderator.
Appearing for the 108th District state representative race are candidates incumbent Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, and Sharon Gray, D-Rapid River.
Appearing for the race in U.S. Congressional First District representative is Ellis Boal (Green Party).
At the local level, Republican Lisa Richards and Democrat Daniel Anderson, who are vying for the prosecuting attorney post are scheduled to attend.
Also scheduled are Republican Barbara Kramer and Democrat Dale Alessandrini, candidates for County Commissioner, District 3.
Candidates for Dickinson County Sheriff, incumbent Scott Celello and Steve Mulka will be present; and Carol Taylor and Johanna Provost, candidates for Breitung Township treasurer, will round out the list of local candidates.
Pete Schiltz, deputy director of Emergency Services will speak about the E-911 Millage Proposal.
The forum, which has been sponsored by the local AAUW branch for more than 40 years, provides an opportunity to meet the candidates, as well as participate in a question and answer session.
"Sponsoring an event such as the Candidates Forum is directly in line with the mission and values of AAUW," said Marsha Wainio, public policy chairperson of the IM-K Chapter of AAUW. "We are proud to be able to offer this opportunity for the Dickinson County community to actively interact with the candidates running for various political offices."
AAUW is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that strives to promote equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.
The local branch of AAUW supports this mission through the sponsorship of community-service opportunities such as the Candidates Forum and the recently held Bay College West College/Career and Beyond night at Bay West campus.
The Iron Mountain-Kingsford chapter also supports the AAUW mission locally by providing scholarships for area women to attend a two- or four- year college or university of their choice, in a field of their choosing.
All members of the community are invited to attend the 2012 Candidates Forum.
For more information, call 542-3858.
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