MiVote: On The Road interviewing candidates in Metro Detroit June 14 – 17 for interactive MiVote.org website

June 14, 2010

DEARBORN / June 14, 2010 – MiVote: On The Road, part of the groundbreaking civic engagement website MiVote.org, will be making the first stops in its 16-city Michigan tour in the Metro Detroit area June 14 – June 17, 2010. During this time, MiVote: On The Road will interview more than 85 political candidates about key issues for the 2010 election including education, jobs and the economy, balancing the budget and their views on government reform.

To collect content and track political trends throughout the state, MiVote: On The Road will travel around the state interviewing more than 200 candidates running in open State House of Representatives and State Senate races. Videos will be posted on MiVote.org within 24 hours of capture for news outlets, politicians, and community members to view, comment on and download. The tour concludes on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

Members of the media can visit MiVote.org/media to view materials and http://media.mivote.org to download hi-definition videos for broadcast. Media is also invited to attend the daily tapings to speak with MiVote representatives and the candidates about this important voter information tool. Interview tapings run daily from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Date

Day

City

Location

Candidates

June 15

Tuesday

Dearborn

UM-Dearborn

Administration Building

4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn 48128

Senate Districts 3, 7, 8

House Districts 10, 14, 15, 17, 20, 55

June 16

Wednesday

Southfield

WWJ Newsroom

26495 American Drive Southfield 48034

Senate Districts 12, 14, 15

House Districts 26, 46, 35

June 17

Thursday

Clinton Twp

MacombCommunity College

University Center Professional Development Center

44575 Garfield Road Clinton Twp 48038-1139

Senate Districts 9, 10, 11

House Districts 30, 31, 33


Michigan political pollster and UM-Dearborn associate professor, Tim Kiska will be blogging about the political climate in Michigan as he tours the state with MiVote: On The Road at www.MiVote.org/blog.

MiVote.org is a non-partisan, interactive, video-based website that informs and engages both the citizens of Michigan and the candidates running for every major political office. MiVote.org allows Michigan citizens to connect directly with candidates, share their opinions, debate fellow voters and upload their own opinion videos. The project is a partnership between The Center for Michigan, Detroit Public TV and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Throughout the primary and general election season MiVote.org will continue to be updated with new interactive content highlighting the top political issues in the State and including candidates running for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Supreme Court in Michigan and open Congressional, State House of Representative and State Senate races. Additional content will relate to Great Debates 2010, which will provide Michigan citizens an in-depth, issues-oriented look at the candidates for governor and dozens of Michigan House and Senate. An unprecedented partnership of 20 leading trade organizations and public broadcasters across the state, Great Debates 2010 will provide three one-hour gubernatorial debates, 50 half-hour legislative debates and several multi-candidate legislative forums.

MiVote.org was launched during the 2008 Presidential campaign as a partnership between the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Detroit Public Television, as a way for students and others in the community to express their views on issues important to them in the ongoing campaign. The site was also utilized during the 2009 Detroit City Council races to profile candidates.

About The Center for Michigan
The Center for Michigan is a "think-and-do tank" founded by Phil Power in early 2006. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, The Center's objective is to assist our state through its current period of wrenching economic trouble and to lay the foundation of informed hope for a better future Michigan. It will help develop and execute comprehensive, long-range and, in some cases, radical policy solutions to transform Michigan's business, economic, political and cultural climate. In so doing, it will work to help reform the structure and workings of Michigan's political system.

About Detroit Public Television
WTVS Detroit Public Television is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation's 11th largest television market and committed to sharing the power of media to provide knowledge and understanding by providing outstanding programming; educating and preparing children and adults for productive and satisfying futures; enriching the lives of individuals through history, the arts, and science; offering vital information for the health, safety and welfare of our community and helping community institutions achieve their goals.

About University of Michigan-Dearborn
Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.

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CONTACTS:
Ken Kettenbeil
Director of Communications
University of Michigan-Dearborn
O) (313) 593-5518
C) (313) 732-1169
kketten@umd.umich.edu

or

Beth Marmarelli
Assistant Director, Communications
University of Michigan-Dearborn
O) (313) 593-3542
C) (248) 752-8586
bethmar@umd.umich.edu