TRAVERSE CITY — Donna Hornberger was surprised to learn Michigan’s longest-serving member of the Michigan capitol press corps agreed to leave the state’s seat of power to address an audience in Grand Traverse County.
“One of our members suggested him and I went, ‘Oh, that is such a reach,’” said Hornberger, the membership chair for the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area. “When we called him, he was delighted to come.”
Tim Skubick, a journalist who’s covered the state capitol for more than 40 years, anchors the weekly public television series “Off the Record” and authors political columns, agreed to speak at the League’s dinner and annual meeting this year. The event is open to the public and will be held May 16.
Members are excited to hear Stubick’s spin on upcoming elections, which include a state House race with 10 candidates, and a state Senate race in which two current House members of the same party will square off.
“I think with the election coming up, he is definitely going to give us his perspective on things, which is really interesting,” Hornberger said. “He’s so knowledgeable; he really understands what’s going on in Lansing.”
League members will go over bylaws, budgets, and officers after dinner, as well as recognize a member for outstanding service.
The event will be held at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club and begins at 5:30 p.m. Attendance is $35 and reservations can be made at the League’s website www.lwvgta.org or by calling Bev Newson at (231) 941-5240.