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Re: SG-W:/ Gubernatorial Candidates to Meet in Conservation Forum

As as been explained ad nauseum to leadership in the Green Party by MI LCV
exec. director Dana Debel, this is a forum set up particularily for those
candidates who are facing a primary election.  As you know, the August 6th
primary election for both the Republican  and Democratic parties is quite
contentious.  Had this been a forum post-primary, then all candidates in the
gubernatorial general election, no matter what party and including write-in
candidates, would have been invited to attend.

I hope this answers your question.
Thanks for the inquiry.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Bean" <sbean@berginc.com>
To: "Lisa Wozniak" <lcvmi@igc.org>
Cc: "Smartgrowth Washtenaw" <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: SG-W:/ Gubernatorial Candidates to Meet in Conservation Forum

> Lisa,
> Was the Green Party candidate for governor not invited?
> If not, excluding any candidates from any ballot-qualified parties
> results in a limited forum for discussion and, in the case of events
> that are broadcast, free campaign advertising (essentially a campaign
> contribution) for the parties invited. Even this notice, by mentioning
> only candidates from certain parties by name (as well as inferring that
> they are "the" candidates for governor) could be considered not quite
> "non-partisan".
> Among the many ironies of this situation is that Ecological Wisdom is
> one of the Four Pillars of the Green movement and one of the 10 Key
> Values of the Green Party of Michigan.
> Steve
> >Gubernatorial Candidates to Meet in Conservation Forum
> >
> >Brighton, MI - In what may well be their first and only group
> appearance
> >after the filing deadline
> >and before the Aug. 6 primary, the candidates for governor will meet
> May
> >21, 2002 for a forum on
> >the Michigan environment - one of the top issues in this year's race.
> >
> >The forum will be held from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts
> Center
> >of Brighton
> > High School (the audience must be seated by 7:20 p.m.). It is open to
> the
> >public.
> >The event is being sponsored by the non-partisan Michigan League of
> >Conservation
> >Voters (LCV) Education Fund, the Detroit Free Press, WFUM TV and
> Michigan
> >Radio.
> >
> >"Every candidate claims they are for protecting our environment and
> >natural resources,"
> >said Dana Debel, executive director of Michigan LCV Education Fund.
> "They
> >realize
> >how deeply Michigan voters care about protecting our water, air and
> >wildlife.  This forum
> >will allow voters to hear specifics on these issues straight from the
> >candidates' mouths and
> > help voters make more informed decisions in both August and November."
> >
> >"The environment has always been an important issue for Michigan
> voters,
> >but has
> >taken an even higher profile in recent months because of such issues as
> >oil drilling
> >under the Great Lakes, the dumping of Canadian trash in Michigan
> >landfills, water
> >diversion and sale, water quality and land use," said Ron Dzwonkowski,
> >editor of
> >the Free Press editorial page. "We think this forum will offer the
> >candidates an excellent
> >opportunity to address these issues, and give the public a chance to
> >compare and
> >contrast those views.''
> >
> >Democratic candidates U.S. Rep. David Bonior, Attorney General Jennifer
> >Granholm
> >and former governor James Blanchard have committed to participate, as
> have
> >Republicans
> >Lt. Gov. Richard Posthumus, and state Sen. Joe Schwarz.
> >
> >Herman Miller and the environmental and regulatory practice group of
> the
> >law firm
> > Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, P.L.C. are underwriting Michigan
> >Education Fund's participation in the event.
> >
> >The event will be taped for broadcast on WFUM TV at 8:00 p.m. on
> Wednesday,
> >May 22.
> >
> >Brighton High School is just west of downtown Brighton, at 7878
> Brighton
> >Road.
> >Call (810) 229-1419 for venue information.
> >
> >
> >The public is asked not to bring signs, posters or banners, etc. to the
> >event. The signs
> > will not be allowed in the venue.
> >
> >
> >Please call MI LCV Education Fund at (734) 222-9650 or (734) 988-8499
> for
> >more information
> >
> >
> >Lisa Wozniak
> >Great Lakes Regional Director
> >League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
> >213 West Liberty St., Ste 300
> >Ann Arbor, MI 48104
> >734.327.7154
> >734.327.7668 fax
> >lisa_wozniak@lcvef.org
> >

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