Leonard Schwartz has filed petitions to be judge of District Court 45B in Oakland County. The district covers Royal Oak Township, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, and Oak Park.
If elected -- oops, when elected, Leonard will be the first Libertarian Party member to be elected to a judgeship. (There are two LP members who have been appointed to judgeships, one in Arizona and one in Texas.)
The two current judges are retiring. There will be many candidates in the August primary. The top four candidates will go on the November ballot, where two will be elected.
This is a winnable nonpartisan election.
To volunteer, contact Leonard at 248-546-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leonard has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1980. He has served on the Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee. He is the LPM's campaign finance law adviser and election law adviser.
In 2000, Leonard was the Libertarian Party of Michigan candidate for Oakland County prosecutor. He also served on the Ballot Access Retention Committee.
In 2001, Leonard served on the Ballot Access Restoration Committee. He collected 2295 signatures for the LPM petition drive, more than anyone else in the party.
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the Libertarian Party of Michigan
Contact: Ghazey Aleck, Chairman
Proposed Recall Election Law
Will Make Recalls Virtually Impossible
Do you like your local elected officials? You had better if House Bill # 5185 becomes law in Michigan.
This bill will require a recall election in Michigan to not only to gain a majority of votes to support the recall of a local official, but it also requires that the recall vote totals be greater than he or she received in the last election.
Since almost all recalls are done in special election where voter turnout is significantly lower than a general election it would make it virtually impossible to remove a wayward elected official by the will of the people. Even worse since Michigan had a near record turnout for the last general election it simply would be impossible to recall virtually any elected official no matter how bad they are.
Elected officials serve by the will of the voters and the voters should always have the guaranteed right to remove a public official from office if the majority of voters will it to happen.
Under the proposed bill it is possible to have 90% of the voters who turn out for a special election to vote for the recall an elected official but end up with the same official remaining in office.
For example, in the recent recall election in Flint, MI. Now Former Mayor Woodrow Stanley would have avoided recall despite the voters having overwhelmingly voting for his recall.
According to Libertarian Party Chairman Ghazey Aleck, “The tax payers of Flint would have little to no recourse to remove a mayor who is unable to account for millions of dollars. The tax payers of Flint as well as taxpayers throughout the State of Michigan have a right to be represented by a elected officials who they have full faith and confidence in.”
Don’t wait until you find you may have an elected official who deserves to be removed from office. Make your opinion heard. Contact the Governors office and your State Senator as soon as possible and tell them to kill this bill before it is too late.
A U.S. District Judge has set May 21-23 as the trial date for the Congressional District remapping challenge filed by Michigan Democrats.
This may cause the filing deadline for the two majors to be moved back from May 14th to June 11th and for the majors primary election to be moved back from August to September.
Interestingly, Governor Engler let the redistricting bill languish on his desk for two months before he signed it into law causing the time problem.
Levin still holds a commanding lead in most polls. His re-election to an unprecedented 5th term appears certain. Even polls that include high profile opponents suggest the same outcome.
Posthumus is leading in polls against his republican opponents but the bad new for him is that the majority of republicans polled say that they are going to vote for one of his republican opponents.
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