League of Women Voters of Kent County Meeting February 7


On Wednesday evening, February 7 at 7:00 PM the LWVKC will join with the Goldstein Program for Public Affairs at Washington College for a discussion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, otherwise known as DACA. The speakers will be Estela Vianey Ramírez, Assistant Director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center in Easton, MD and Ivette Riera Salarich, Court Liaison/Outreach Coordinator for Pro Bono of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. Ms. Ramírez is herself a DACA recipient, having come to the United States from Honduras as a child with her mother and brother to escape the violence in her country. Ms. Salarich is from Barcelona, Spain and earned a law degree in her own country and practiced law there. She is currently moving toward an American law degree. This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Hynson Lounge at Washington College. The most convenient parking locations on campus are in Lots B (by the stadium) and C (behind the theater). For more information call: 410-810-1883.

Council Candidates Forum at Heron Point Nov. 2


Chestertown Town Hall

Chestertown voters will have the opportunity to vote for the Mayor and two Town Council members Tuesday, Nov. 7. The polling place will be at the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Department, 211 Maple Avenue. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents who need to cast an absentee ballot must make their request  in writing to the town office, 118 N. Cross St., by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.

All registered voters are eligible to vote in the mayoral election, in which incumbent Mayor Chris Cerino is running unopposed. Ward 1 voters have a choice among three candidates: Owen Bailey, David Foster and Robert Miller. In Ward 3, the Rev. Ellsworth Tolliver is running unopposed. Ward boundaries can be found online or by calling the Town Office, 410-778-0500. Write-in votes are not accepted in municipal elections.

The League of Women Voters of Kent County will sponsor a Candidate Forum for the Ward 1 Council Seat Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Wesley Hall at Heron Point from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The three candidates, Robert Miller, David Foster, and Owen Bailey, will present opening statements and respond to three questions from the League.  Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of each of the candidates.  For more information call: 410-810-1883.

Look for profiles of all the candidates, and a candidates’ question-and-answer feature, in an upcoming edition of the Chestertown Spy.

Gilchrest to Speak on Agriculture and Environment


Join the League of Women Voters of Kent County for an evening with former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest on Tuesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. at The Kitchen at The Imperial, 208 High Street in Chestertown.

Gilchrest’s topic will be “Agriculture and the Environment: Our Legacy.”  As he explains, “Nature’s Artistry forges a legacy of a fecundity of life, from the soil beneath our feet, to the darkest depths of the oceans, to the clouds gleaming in the sunlight of a fleeting dawn.   Every molecule on earth is a part of this tapestry of regeneration.  Where do we fit in?  I will focus on one aspect of the complexity of Nature and human activity: Agriculture and the environment, our legacy.”

After his talk, Gilchrest hopes to engage the audience in an active discussion about the future of agriculture in Kent County.

Diners may come at 5:30 to join Gilchrest informally for a Dutch-treat meal – the restaurant is offering three special menus for the event: prix fixe dinner menu; light fare or appetizer menu; and/or dessert menu. Those not interested in having a meal may join the group at 7 p.m., when Gilchrest will begin speaking.

This meeting, the first in a “Trending Topics” series presented by the League, is open to the public; all are most welcome.  Please make reservations with the League of Women Voters, before October 20, by calling 410-778-0295 or 410-639-2149, or emailing lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com or pegmarkman@gmail.com.

The League hopes to host a series of these discussion-based evenings at local venues during the early evening hours, so that the public can enjoy the subject at hand in an informal setting. The next Trending Topics evening is planned for February.

Please call 410-639-2149 or 410-778-0295 for more information.



League of Women Voters of Maryland to hold 2017 Convention in Chestertown


The League of Women Voters of Kent County will host the 2017 League of Women Voters of Maryland Annual State Convention at Washington College June 9th -June 11th 2017. League members will participate in a variety of workshops and meetings designed to help local Leagues provide services to their communities and to set the agenda and goals for the coming year.  William Pickrum, President of the Kent County Commission, will welcome convention participants.  Shelia Bair, President of Washington College, will present the Keynote Address “Ban the Debt: Rebuild the Middle Class; Winning at the Game of Loans” for the Saturday evening banquet.  Convention attendees will also have the opportunity to go on a Sunset Cruise on the Chester River Packet, enjoy a waterside picnic on the bay and sample the many offerings of the National Music Festival.

League of Women Voters – Making Democracy Work

For more information, see The League of Women Voters of Kent County website  and FaceBook page.   The League of Women Voters of Maryland website

Pam Ortiz to Speak at The League of Women Voters Annual Meeting


The League of Women Voters of Kent County will hold its annual meeting at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall at 101 Cross Street Chestertown on April 27, 2017.  Luncheon will be served at 11:30 followed by a presentation by Pam Ortiz entitled “Access to Justice in a Digital Democracy” at 12:30.  The League will hold its annual business meeting following the presentation.  The public is invited to attend the presentation.  For reservations call 410-810-1883.

Forum Conducted by The League of Women Voters


The League of Women Voters of Kent County will conduct a forum for candidates running for the Board of Education of Kent County at the Kent County Library on Oct. 24, 2016 from 7:00 -8:30. The candidates, Steven G. Atkinson, Joe Goetz, Ellsworth L. Tolliver and A. Bryan Williams will respond to questions posed by the League and the audience. For more details, contact Lynn Dolinger, Event Coordinator, League of Women Voters Kent County, phone: 410-639-2739; email: lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com.

League to Screen “Iron Jawed Angels”


Join the League of Women Voters of Kent County on Wednesday, October 12 at 5:15 p.m. at the Kent County Public Library, Chestertown, for a free film and light refreshments. “Iron Jawed Angels” tells the true but little known story of a group of passionate and dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor), who put their lives on the line to fight for American women’s right to vote. Along the way the women endured harassment, prison time, hunger strikes, and solitary confinement, deprivations that should be remembered today as we prepare for the next presidential election.

The event, which will end at approximately 7:45, is free and open to the public.

Citizens are reminded that the last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is Tuesday, October 18. Early voting in Kent County will take place Thursday, October 27 through Thursday November 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High St., Chestertown.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.

For further information call 410-810-1883.

League of Women Voters’ Nancy Soreng on Maryland’s Gerrymandered Mess


Maryland owns one distinction that the League of Women Voters wishes the state would lose: It is perhaps the most gerrymandered state in the union. Gerrymandering is defined as the drawing of voting districts, such as for the U.S. House of Representatives, for political advantage.

The state’s unfair voting districts were regretted in recent articles by the Huffington Post and the Washington Post. In December, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Bethesda resident’s right to sue Maryland over the issue. The voter claimed his vote is weakened, and therefore his views under-represented, by the current voting map.

Nancy Soreng, co-president of the Maryland League of Women Voters, will address “Taming the Maryland Gerrymander” on Wednesday, April 20, at the annual meeting of the Kent County League. “We’re glad these respected journalists agree with us. Maryland’s eight Congressional districts are all safe for one party, with Democrats controlling seven of them,” Soreng said. “This issue has proven to be just about the toughest in Maryland to find some traction.”

Non-League members are encouraged to attend the illustrated presentation, expected to begin about 1 p.m., at no charge in the parish hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, on Cross Street near High Street, in Chestertown.

League of Women Voters to Offer to Local Election Forums in April


The Kent County League of Women Voters will bring two candidate forums to the area in early April – one for the local school board and the other for the Eastern Shore seat in the U.S. Congress. Both events will prepare voters for the April primary election.

First will be the Kent County Board of Education forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the Chestertown Public Library. Five persons seeking seats on the board will answer League questions within strict time limits. The candidates, all competing on a nonpartisan basis, are Steven Atkinson, Joe Goetz, John Queen, Ellsworth Tolliver, and A. Bryan Williams. Those attending will be able to submit their own questions to the candidates.

Next, on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m., the six major-party candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives will take part in a forum at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills

The seat for the Maryland 1st District, which includes some parts of non-Shore counties, is held by Andy Harris. Representative Harris, now completing his third term, is being challenged by Republican opponents Michael Smigiel, a former state delegate and Cecil resident; Sean Jackson, a commander of the State Police; and Jonathan Goff, a Harford resident who also challenged Harris in 2014.

Democrats vying for that party’s Congressional nomination are Jim Ireton and Joe Werner. Ireton, of Wicomico, is an educator and has served as a councilman and mayor of Salisbury. Werner is a lawyer and resident of Harford.

The Congressional forum is being co-sponsored by Leagues serving Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. The school board forum is sponsored by only the Kent League, led by President Sandra Bjork. For more information on the April 26 primary, including polling places and early voting options available April 14-21, see the League-sponsored website, vote411.org.