Online Voters’ Guide from League of Women Voters

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The online Voters’ Guide from the League of Women Voters is now available at www.vote411.org. Candidates for every office in every county in Maryland were asked to respond to questions relating to the duties of the office they are seeking and to list their websites and social media pages. More than 1,500 candidates responded to the League’s questions.

The VOTE411 website allows voters to type in their addresses and then displays the candidates who will appear on the ballot in their precinct. VOTE411 also lists League-sponsored candidate forums throughout Maryland. From VOTE411, the voter can access the Maryland State Board of Elections website to request an absentee ballot or update their voter registration information, either to change party affiliation or provide a new address.

Local Leagues on the Eastern Shore are publishing Voters’ Guides for their counties, which will appear soon as a supplement in the Kent County News and the Star Democrat and will be available in libraries and other locations. Printable pdf files of each Voters’ Guide will be available on the website for the League of Women Voters of Maryland at www.lwvmd.org.

For additional information, contact Ralph Watkins at rwatkins@lwvmd.org or (301) 892-6529.

League of Women Voters to Host Lecture on April 25

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The League of Women Voters of Kent County will host a lecture by David Shreve, Ph.D., during their 42nd Annual Meeting on April 25th.  Shreve’s talk “Insights on the New Tax Law (How it will work for you?)” will begin at 12:45 at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall 101 Cross St., Chestertown and is open to the public. David Shreve has served as an economic policy consultant and professor of economic history at the University of Virginia, where he held a joint appointment at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and the Department of History. He also served as a consultant to the Center for Survey Research at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. A specialist in national, state, and local economic policy and 20th century U.S. political history, Dr. Shreve has also served as a budget analyst for the Louisiana legislature. He is the author of many publications on economic history, economic theory, and tax policy, including the forthcoming books, American Promise: Lyndon Johnson and the Keynesian Revolution, and An Idealized State Tax Structure: Modeling for Equity, Adequacy, and Wide-Spread Prosperity. Dr. Shreve is currently the Executive Director of Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, a non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor sports and recreational opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon preceding the lecture, starting at noon, for a cost of $30 per person. To make a reservation or for more information call 410-810-1883. Reservations for the lunch must be made no later than Tuesday, April 17.

League of Women Voters of Kent County Meeting February 7

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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.