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Dexter Chamber of Commerce Hosts Election Forum with Local Candidates

Candidates for the Village of Dexter and Dexter Community Schools Board of Education will address constituents at 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

As the final weeks of the election season approach, the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dexter Education Association are hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday.

The forum will take place beginning at 6 p.m. at Creekside Intermediate School and will feature candidates for the Dexter Community Schools Board of Education, Dexter Village Council, and Michigan's 52nd House of Representatives District.

According to Chamber Director Abby Goldberg, there will be three separate mini forums moderated by representatives from the Dexter Education Association and the chamber.

All candidates for each respective race will be in attendance. The public can submit questions for consideration by emailing info@dexterchamber.org. The forum is open to the public.

Candidates include:

Dexter Village

  • Jim Carson and Shawn Keough (Dexter Village President Race)
  • Carol Jones (Dexter Village Clerk)
  • Joe Semifero, Paul Cousins, Jim Smith, and Julie Knight (Dexter Village Trustees).

Dexter Community Schools Board of Education

52nd District

Barbara Read October 24, 2012 at 06:09 AM
This is such a great idea. I'm excited to be a part of it. A lot of work has gone into planning this event by both the Chamber of Commerce and the DEA. I hope we get a big turnout.
Chris Gordon October 25, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Thanks to the Dexter Education Association and the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce for pulling this event together, it was great to see and speak with so many community members at tonight’s candidate forum! I mentioned in my remarks that it was appropriate to have candidates for Board of Education Trustee, State Representative, and Village President and Trustee at the same forum as we share many common goals and responsibilities with respect to Dexter Community Schools’ students. I appreciated the opportunity to connect my 21 year career as a Naval officer, my second career managing a design and fabrication laboratory for undergraduate engineering students at the University of Michigan, and my experiences as an involved father of four children (who with their bag full of crayons and paper were in attendance tonight) with my service as a Board of Education Trustee. Along with my wife, a teacher herself who I have worked countless hours with in her classrooms and in support of her schools over the years, I know what it means to serve. I look forward to continuing to serve as a Board of Education Trustee for the students, families, faculty, and staff of Dexter Community Schools. Chris Gordon www.gordon4dexterschools.org
Daniel Lai October 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
We will be posting our coverage of the forum later today.
Barbara Read October 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Yes, Chris, and a great turnout, too. Most of the seats were full, and I really enjoyed hearing from candidates in the other races. Many similarities, but also some key differences. My teaching experience in the schools is a bit different from yours. As I mentioned at the forum, I taught classes at UC Berkeley while I was a graduate student there. The classes (and labs) were under the Molecular and Cell Biology Department, and I also led discussion groups for psychology classes. My school volunteer work has been entirely in the Dexter school district and concentrated over the past 9 years. I have managed events both large and small (Team Bates Family Fun Run to Wylie movie nights). I have a 3rd grader, 5th grader, 7th grader and 10th grader. I agree, it is very satisfying to be at the schools getting to know the parents and teachers. Here are my website and facebook campaign page links. www.barbararead.org/ https://www.facebook.com/elect.barbara.read
Barbara Read October 25, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Was it taped? I thought I heard someone say it was recorded so people could watch it.
Daniel Lai October 25, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I don't know if it was taped.
Barbara Read October 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Okay, thanks. I couldn't find it on the chamber website, either, so probably not.

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