Judicial candidates will speak at public forum July 31 at WCC

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By Jo Mathis

Legal News

The four candidates hoping to replace the retiring Judge Melinda Morris on Washtenaw County's 22nd Circuit Court will meet at a public forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 in the J. Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.

James A. Fink, Carol A. Kuhnke, Douglas G. McClure, and Erane C. Washington are vying for the seat on the trial court.

A primary election on Aug. 7 will narrow the field from four to two candidates, who will then compete in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

In addition, Judge Timothy P. Connors is facing a challenge from attorney Michael T. Woodyard for his seat on the 22nd Circuit Court.

All six will speak at the forum.

The Washtenaw County Bar Association is hosting the event in collaboration with the Washtenaw Association for Justice, the Washtenaw Chapter of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, the Michigan Hellenic Bar Association, the Vanzetti-Hamilton Bar Association, the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP, and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

This event, to be held in Towsley Auditorium, will consist of a moderated forum using pre-submitted questions, followed by a meet-and-greet with the candidates.

Questions for the candidates should be emailed by 5 p.m. July 26 to washbar@washbar with the words "judicial forum" in the subject line. Questions will be forwarded to the host committee for consideration, but time constraints may prevent their inclusion.

Published: Mon, Jul 23, 2012

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