Dexter Forum Notes 07-21-18

From moderator John Hansen’s notes:

It is only 17 days until the primary and interest is high – in tacos.  It is hard to say what will be left to talk about after the new Mexican restaurant opens which, by all reports, will be ”soon”.

It is festival time and we heard about The Plein Air Painting Festival, St. Joe’s Family Festival, and the Ann Arbor Blues Festival.  The Voters not Politicians group will be holding information meetings as well. 
We learned that Rod Green has been appointed to the Washtenaw County Road Commission.  He is also on the ballot running for a seat on the County Commission – District 2 (D).  He will have to choose one or the other if he wins the county commission seat since the two seats are incompatible.
Donna Lasinski brought us up to date on the efforts of the Regional Transit Authority.  The RTA is composed of  representatives from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties.  The group has been attempting to craft a regional mass transit proposal that will appeal to voters more than the most recent proposal that failed.  Bottom line here is that there will not be another proposal on the ballot this year.
Rod Anderson, the right hand man of the Chelsea Forum, talked a little about the Chelsea Forum and announced their change of time and meeting place.  They will now meet at 9:00 AM at the Chelsea Senior Center.
We then bent the rules a little and put Rod up on the stump. Rod is running as a Republican for the first district seat on the county commission. He does not have a primary but he was here and we had some time available so he made his pitch for a conservative voice on the commission.
There were a total of four candidates present at our meeting.  Rod Anderson – County Commission District 1 (R), Donna Lasinski – State Representative District 52 (D), Jason Maciejewski – County Commission District 1 (D), and Cedric Simpson – Judge District 14A (NP).
The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 8:30 AM at the Dexter Wellness Center.
The Dexter Forum is supported by the Dexter Wellness Coalition as part of the 5 Healthy Towns initiative to “help connect with others in healthy ways”.  The purpose of the Forum is to create an opportunity for interested women and men to gather to discuss important issues facing our community.  All are welcome on a drop-in basis.  The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month.
The Forum is co-moderated by Karl Fink and John Hansen.

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