LWV Ann Arbor Area, Brighton/Howell Geographical Unit

Past Events


Saturday, June 15, 2019  Our first perennial sale with many native plants at the Brighton Farmers Market was a resounding success.  We had many beautiful plants at very good prices which were all homegrown by League members. We plan to do it again next Spring.

May 17-19, 2019 League of Women Voters - Michigan State Convention

Livonia, Michigan All members were encouraged to attend the LWVMI State Convention in Livonia which takes place every other year.  In alternating years there is a National convention. It was a great opportunity to meet lots of engaging people while learning about the business of the state league and how local leagues can influence decisions at the state level.

Saturday, May 11th ,10:00 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY - Annual Spring Meeting

Livingston County EMS Building on 1911 Tooley Rd. Howell, MI - in the Hartland Auditorium

In a couple of hours we geared up for a busy 2020. People volunteered for what they were most interested in doing - or just learned more about the tasks that needed to be done so they got ideas for what they might want to do in the future. All were welcomed without pressure. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019  6:00-8:00 p.m.  County Clerks' Office

Howell Carnegie Library, Meabon Room 314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI


Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley spoke about updates like more online services and the many roles of the County Clerk - did you know that hers is the only elected position which works across multiple branches of government? Kristi Cox talked to us the judicial system and the new business speciality court. Elections Coordinator Joe Bridgman reviewed how elections work - and are safeguarded in our county.

Monday, March 18, 2019  6:30-8:00 p.m.

Here comes the Judge!

Howell Carnegie Library, Meabon Room 314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI

Judge Marian Cavanaugh, Roberta Sacharski (Trial Court Administrator), and Kristen Staley (Regional Manager of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission) talked to us about the judicial system, the different speciality courts and how it all works. We learned what the roles of mediators and public defenders are, as well as asked our questions.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:30-8:00 p.m.

What is PFAS? Why Is There Concern? What Can I Do About It?  

Howell Carnegie Library, Meabon Room 314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI

LINK TO VIDEO OF PFAS PRESENTATION  including guest appearance of Matt Bolang, Livingston County Director of Environmental Health (mbolang@livgov.com)

When the Do Not Eat The Fish Adivsory was issued in August 2018 for the Huron River, it was the first time many of us ever heard about it - though it has been around for many years. Stephen Brown, a PhD trained analytical chemist with 45 years experience, gave us an overview about what PFAS is and answered our basic questions like:

  • How could PFAS impact our daily lives?
  • What can be done to safeguard against PFAS, including specific recommendations?
  • Where does PFAS fall in stack of daily environmental concerns?
  • What are the legislative priorities we can focus on to make a difference?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5:45-8:00 p.m.   What's Next for the League? 

Cleary's Pub 117 E. Grand River Ave. Howell, MI

We spent time getting to know each other and talking about what to focus on now that the election is over. We have shared some ideas and heard yours as we figured out our direction and programming for the next year.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at  6:30 PM  General Election Candidate Forum

Old Hartland High School/now Education Services Center 9525 Highland Rd., Howell, MI

The following candidates have confirmed - 

8th Congressional District:

Congressman Mike Bishop - Republican; Brian Ellison - Libertarian; Elissa Slotkin - Democrat   

State House District 42:

Ann Bollin - Republican; Mona Shand - Democrat   

State House District 47:

Colleen Turk - Democrat;  Representative Dr. Hank Vaupel - Republican   

22nd State Senate: Adam Dreher - Democrat; Representative Lana Theis - Republican  Circuit Court Judge (new position) :Dennis Brewer; Suzanne Geddis

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. What's on Your Ballot?

Howell Carnegie Library, Meabon Room 314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI

Join us in a presentation and discussion of the pros and cons of the ballot proposals which you will be voting on this November. 

Friday, Sept. 21st, 2018, 7 p.m. Bridge Truth Tour, Historic Howell Theater, 315 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843

A screening of Bridge's documentary "Michigan Divided" and a follow up discussion Bridge spent the past year chronicling the lives of Michigan voters across the political spectrum. From the Upper Peninsula, to Lansing, to Flint, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Jackson, the resulting, hour-long “Michigan Divided” documentary captures our deeply divided culture, but also brings partisans together and illustrates how, at heart, there are also some values that are shared.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018,  Primary Election Day.  Click here to put in your address so you can see a sample ballot, find your polling location, and candidate responses to the same questions. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM - Mid-term Primary Candidate Forum

We livestreamed the event on Facebook which you can watch whether you are "on" Facebook or not by clicking the links below.

Here is a link to Part 1 of the forum (unfortunately recorded with accidentally with a patriotic "sticker"):


Here is a link to Part 2 of the forum:


Old Hartland High School Education Services Center 9525 Highland Rd., Howell, MI

Candidate forum for the upcoming 2018 Midterm August Primary Election sponsored by:  

Voters Voice, The League of Women Voters of Brighton/Howell  Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Hartland Chamber of Commerce Howell,  Chamber of Commerce, The Livingston Post – Maria Stuart  

All invited for elected offices with Primaries:  8th Congressional District Republican Primary 8th Congressional District Democrat Primary  22nd District State Senate Republican Primary  44th Circuit Court Judge, 8 year term. This is a new position.

Monday, June 25, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 PM - Line 5's Preventable Threat to the Great Lakes 

BRIGHTON Library, 100 Library Dr, Brighton, MI 48116

NOTE THIS IS ON A MONDAY - AND IN BRIGHTON! The League of Women Voters (LWV) does take positions on issues after they are well researched and explored. The LWV supports closing Line 5. Come see a short movie and learn about the 65 year old, failing pipelines that allow over 20 million gallons of oil a day to pass through the water in the Straits of Michigan, flow through Michigan, and then pass back to Canada for export and Canadian profit. Terri Wilkerson, Chair of the Great Lakes Committee for the Ann Arbor League of Women Voters will lead the discussion, give the latest updates, and share what you can easily do without spending money or much time.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10-11:30 AM - Voter Registration Training

Ann Arbor Library, Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, AA 48103 

Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 7-8:30 PM - Voter Registration Training

Ann Arbor Public Library 343 S. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 PM - Dark Money in Michigan Politics

Howell Carnegie Library, Meabon Room, 314 W. Grand River, Howell

Monthly meeting of the League of Women Voters, Brighton/Howell Area Unit

Main speaker was Craig Mauger, who is the Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. We learned about how campaign money is raised in a variety of ways and spent - and what to look for in political ads to figure out who sponsored them. You can view this presentation by clicking here.

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM - LIne 5 Retirement Party

Pinckney, MI

LWV has studied the failing double pipeline, which runs under the water next to the Mackinaw Bridge, and agrees that it puts our Great Lakes water and economy at risk every day it operates.  Line 5 turned 65 years old today and we threw a retirement party to encourage its leaving our Great Lakes.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6-7:30 PM  -  Why Redistricting Matters

Howell Carnegie Library, Meabon Room, Brighton/Howell Area Unit, 314 W. Grand River, Howell

Monthly meeting of the League of Women Voters, Brighton/Howell Area Unit

Main speaker was Carey Swanson, who learned about the need for redistricting reform through her volunteer work with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.