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SCHEDULE

Everything You Need to Know

All 2024 forums are scheduled to be held at the Rose Center at LCC

Cowlitz County Commissioner (Dist 1)

September 11, 2024 - 7:00 - 8:30pm

The position currently filled by Commissioner Mortensen, who is not seeking re-election, has attracted three candidates for the primary. Our forum will provide an opportunity for voters to learn more about the two candidates selected in the August 6 primary election.

Cowlitz County Commissioner (Dist 2)

September 18, 2024 - 7:00 - 8:30pm

The position currently filled by Commissioner Weber, who is not seeking re-election, has attracted six candidates for the primary. Our forum will provide an opportunity for voters to learn more about the two candidates selected in the August 6 primary election.

Washington State Senate (Dist 19)

September 25, 2024 - 7:00 - 8:30pm

Incumbent state senator Jeff Wilson and challenger Andi Day will answer panelist questions and provide information to help guide voters' choices in the November general election.

Washington Congressional District 3

October 2, 2024 - 7:00 - 8:30pm

The position is currently held by Democrat Marie Glusenkamp-Perez, who faces several challengers in the primary election. Our forum will provide an opportunity for voters to learn more about the two candidates selected in the August 6 primary election.

Mental Health Tax Advisory Measure

October 9, 2024 - 7:00 - 8:30pm

Cowlitz County voters will be presented with an advisory measure in the general election requesting their input on whether or not to continue the 0.1% sales tax dedicated to mental health services. We hope to have the LCC Debate Team (the Fighting Smelt) present both sides of the issue in this debate.

Past events

How To Heal Our Community

October 20th - 7:30 - 9:00pm

Seeking ideas on ways to ease the divisiveness, mistrust, and animosity in the community, and how the community can unite to find solutions to local issues like drug abuse, homelessness, and economic stagnation.

 

Project Organizers

 

Stephen Warning - Retired Cowlitz Superior Court Judge

 

Alan Rose - Author & Retired CAP Director of Community Relations

 

Andre Stepankowsky - Retired Longview Daily News Editor

 

Richard Green - Retired Episcopal Priest

 

George Raiter - Former Cowlitz County Commissioner

 

Michael Strayer - Retired LCC Psychology Faculty

The Effects of Local Drug Abuse & Addiction

This forth forum will focus on sharing diverse viewpoints about DRUG  ABUSE & ADDICTION. Local drug, medical and legal professionals will address issues related to drug abuse, addiction, crime, mental health,      with a focus on drug legalization and decriminalization.

SURVEY: Click here to take a short survey about drug legalization & decriminalization.

Panel Members

Brad Thurman — Cowlitz County Sheriff
Dallas Delagrange — Tribal Drug Council 
Alison Holcomb — ACLU American Civil Liberties Union

Jeb Bolerjack — Medication Assisted Treatment RN & LCC Adjunct Faculy

Panel Moderator

Stephen Warning — Retired Cowlitz Superior Court Judge

HOMELESSNESS

September 22nd - 7:30 - 9:00pm

Local housing advocates, business and city leaders will discuss      issues concerning local homelessness.

Panel Members:

Jo Brewer — Housing advocate
Niki Favela — Catlin Properties Manager
Ha’im Sharif — Love Overwhelming Counselor

Joseph Govednik — Secretary Downtown Kelso Business Assoc.

Panel Moderator

Stephen Warning — Retired Cowlitz Superior Court Judge

LCC Faculty Resource

Michael Strayer — Psychology & Social Science Instructor​ (retired)

How to Watch Events

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & THE ENVIRONMENT 

September 8th - 7:30 - 9:00pm

Local economy representatives will address the tensions between the economy and developing jobs and safeguarding the environment.

Panel Members:

Ted Sprague — Economic Development Council
Mike Bridges — Local union Leader & Head of the Kelso Longview                                             Construction Trades
Robert Sudar — Fishing Industries Advocate
Suzanne Donaldson — Cowlitz Tribal Council Member​

Panel Moderator

Stephen Warning — Retired Cowlitz Superior Court Judge

LCC Faculty Resource

Louis LaPierre — Biology & Environmental Science Instructor​

How to Watch Events

Event Listed Here

Civil Discourse in Uncivil Times

- August 18th - 7:30 - 9:00pm

Local political representatives will address the nature of political polarization, its causes and how it can be overcome at a local level.​

Panel Members

Ann Rivers — Republican State Senator
Dean Takko — former Democratic State Senator
Jerry Cooper — Deputy Cowlitz County Republican Chair 
Jim Young — Deputy Chair of the Cowlitz Democratic Party​

  • Panel Moderator  - Stephen Warning, Retired Cowlitz Superior Court Judge

  • LCC  Faculty Resource - Alex Brehm — Communication Studies Instructor

  • LCC Faculty Resource - Joanna Mosser — Political Science Instructor​

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