Candidate Forum for Rock Hall April 28


On Sunday April 28 candidates for mayor and town council of Rock Hall will participate in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kent County and the Greater Rock Hall Business Association. It will be held at the Rock Hall Fire House in the Chesapeake Room.  The forum for Council candidates will begin at 2:00 and the forum for candidates for Mayor will begin at 3:15.

Lt. Gen.  Stephen B. Croker  USAF (ret.) will moderate the forums. Candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions they have received in advance from the League of Women Voters.  Audience members may submit questions to be answered by the candidates, and each candidate will also present closing remarks.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to promoting informed and active citizen participation in government; it does not support or oppose any candidates for office or political parties.  In accordance with the League’s 501-c-3 status and Federal election laws, no demonstrations will be allowed in the event venue. No clothing or signs indicating support for or against a candidate will be permitted. Forums may not be recorded or filmed, unless with written agreement from the League of Women Voters.

For more information please contact: Nancy Smith at

“How Maryland Secures Its Elections Systems” Presented by LWV of Kent County


“How Maryland Secures Its Elections Systems” will be the presentation topic at the Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Kent County, with Nikki Charlson, Deputy Administrator, Maryland State Board of Elections as the featured speaker.  The meeting will take place at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Parish Hall) 101 N. Cross Street, Chestertown on Thursday April 25, 2019 and is free and open to the public.  A luncheon will be provided for $30 per person and will begin at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m.  Please RSVP by April 17 at or 703-966-7660 to reserve a seat for the luncheon and presentation, or presentation only and tell us how many are in your party. The cost of the luncheon may be paid at the door.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to promoting informed and active citizen participation in government.

League of Women Voters Upcoming Presentation March 20


The League of Women Voters of Kent County and the William James Forum of Washington College will present a talk by Dr. Robert Lynch on “The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to the Eleven Million Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.”  The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 7:00 p.m., March 20 at Litrenta Hall in the Toll Science Building at Washington College. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr Lynch is a Professor of Economics at Washington College.  He has published works in the area of the economic effects of immigration reform, the economic and social consequences of public investment in early childhood, the adequacy and effectiveness of state and local government economic policies in promoting growth and creating jobs, the efficiency, fairness and stability of state and local tax systems and the definition and measurement of income inequality.  Dr. Lynch has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Senior Fellow the the Center of American Progress and Research Associate with the Economic Policy Institute.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to promoting informed and active participation in government.  The William James Forum seeks to promote thought and discussion on a wide variety of issues such as civil rights, minority issues, technological revolution, and environmental and political movements.

Questions regarding the event can be directed to LWVKC Co-President Jane Hardy at

Online Voters’ Guide from League of Women Voters


The online Voters’ Guide from the League of Women Voters is now available at 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

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

League of Women Voters to Host Lecture on April 25


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


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 or

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

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