Congressman Sherwood Boehlert and Ontario County Judge Craig Doran will join in a presentation on the decline in voter participation as part of Hobart and William Smith Colleges “Raise Your Voice” civic engagement week.
February 14, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y. – As part of “Raise Your Voice” civic engagement week, Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., will host a forum “Battling Democracy’s Decline: Lessons from the Front Lines” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The forum is free and the public is invited. For those who cannot attend, the forum will be broadcast live on WEOS 89.7/90.3 FM.
Featured presenters at the forum include Congressman Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-NY), Michael Mills, president and CEO, Coalition for a Voting America, the Honorable Craig Doran, Ontario County Court Judge and former Assemblyman, and Colleges President Mark D. Gearan, former director of the Peace Corps. The forum moderator is Todd Patterson, Hobart Class of 2004, and chairperson of the 2002 “Celebrate Service, Celebrate Geneva” community event.
Boehlert, chairman of the House Science Committee, was first elected to the House of Representatives in November 1982. He is currently serving in his 10th consecutive term representing Central New York, and now the city of Geneva.
Boehlert has served on the Science Committee since 1983, and was elected chairman in January 2001. The Committee has jurisdiction over all federal nonmilitary scientific and technology research and development programs, on which the federal government spends more than $30 billion a year. The Committee also has jurisdiction over NASA, the National Science Foundation, and research and development initiatives within the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Commerce. In addition, the Committee has jurisdiction over civil aviation research and development and marine research. In recent weeks, in the wake of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, Boehlert has been involved with Congressional hearings on the disaster.
He is the third-ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, serving as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment from 1995 to 2000. He remains an active member of that Subcommittee. Boehlert also sits on the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and the Subcommittee on Railroads.
Boehlert was reappointed by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert as a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is on the front line of important intelligence decisions faced by Congress. Boehlert is a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, also at the appointment of the Speaker, where he serves as chairman of the Assembly's Scientific and Technology Committee.
Michael Mills, Hobart Class of 1995, president and CEO of the Coalition for a Voting America, based in Atlanta, Ga., brings a wide array of political, grassroots, public policy and civic initiative experience to his role as executive vice president of DecisionMakers, Inc., an Atlanta-based public affairs and communications firm. In this capacity, Mills manages grassroots coalition building, strategic communication and government relations for numerous clients.
Mills manages the Georgia campaign of Vote for America – a national non-partisan, non-profit organization educating and mobilizing voters that resulted in a 7 percent increase in electoral participation in four years. The grassroots program included an earned media campaign that made more than 44 million impressions on TV, radio and in newspapers throughout metro Atlanta in six months.
Mills serves on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition, the state board of the League of Women Voters of Georgia, YES! Atlanta and volunteers with Hands on Atlanta’s “Citizens Academy.” He was selected to Georgia Trend magazine’s 2001 list of “40 Under 40.”
Craig J. Doran was elected in 1999 to the newly-created Ontario County judgeship. In his capacity as Ontario County Court Judge, Doran presides over County Court (hearing criminal felony and civil cases), Family Court (hearing juvenile delinquency, PINS, custody and visitation issues, adoption, guardianship and a number of other “family-related” issues), and has also been designated as an “Acting” Supreme Court Judge where he frequently presides over a variety of civil matters. Doran is currently Legislative Chair for the New York State Association of County Court Judges. Also, Doran is founder and presiding Judge of the Ontario County Felony Drug Treatment Court.
President Mark D. Gearan, former director of the Peace Corps, currently serves on the board of directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees such programs as Americorps and Service Corps, and the National Campus Compact. He serves as co-chair of the New York Campus Compact Executive Committee, a statewide organization of college presidents committed to the goals of public service, civic engagement and service learning. Gearan also has been appointed to the national board of governors of The Partnership of Public Service in Washington, D.C., a new organization aimed at revitalizing public service by encouraging young people to pursue federal service careers.