Step up and run!


There are many 2020 opportunities for public service in Benzie County. The follow offices will be filled: U.S Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Michigan; All Elected County Officials (County government consists of a County Board of Commissioners (seven members), three judges, and five other elected administrative department heads: county clerk, county treasurer, county prosecutor, register of deeds, and the county sheriff; All Elected Township Officials (Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, and Trustees); All Benzie Democratic Precinct Delegates insert permalink. We’re also supporting Gary Peters, our incumbent Democratic Senator. If interested in running or for more information, contact our chair, Jim Dulzo at: 231.881.1341 or email A candidate fair will be announced soon.

Communications for 2020

Benzie Dems and Leelanau Dems are presenting some highly talented trainers who will teach on the wisdom contained in George Lakoff’s classic books, The All New Don’t Think of an Elephant and The Little Blue Book–The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic.

It all happens at Empire Township Hall on Friday afternoon, Jan. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a genuine project, guys and gals: It costs money ($35); they’ll send us pre-session homework; and we’ll work on stuff together to learn by doing. These folks are dead serious about getting Dems to avoid Republican dis-information traps and, instead, stay on OUR positive message. So grab your plastic & register right here, right now.

If the 35 bucks is a challenge, just drop a line to the trainers by clicking here and let ’em know you’d like to come but need help with the fee. There are only 35 seats available, so don’t wait!

1st Chili Friday Free Movie Night

On Friday, January 31, we’re showing one of the great, original music movies—”The Monterey Pop Festival,” often referred to as “The Woodstock Before Woodstock.” Filmed in 1967, it features Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, Hugh Masakela, Otis Redding…and many more!
We’ll have meat and meatless chili, cornbread, and salad, along with whatever you bring to drink. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.—the chili will be hot, the cornbread warm, the salad crisp and the drinks are on you. Bell bottoms or tie-dye shirts are not required—but do bring your Summer of Love Good Vibrations.  See you there!

Women’s March

Gather in Traverse City Saturday the 18th

The March will be held from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Marchers can gather at the Workshop Brewery, 221 Garland Street and march through downtown Traverse City.  Carpools will be available from the Benzie Dems Headquarters after our regular meeting. This year’s message is “Change Comes in (Blue) Waves” Please wear blue if you choose and/or pull out those pink knit pussy hats that have served us so well.  Participants will line Grandview Parkway for an hour or so and then head back to the Workshop Brewery for speakers, community networking and conversation. They will be accepting donations for Justice for Our Neighbors.

Linda O’Dell, candidate for Michigan Congressional District 1, will hold pre-rally meet and greet at the North Peak Brewery starting at 11:30 a.m. Come early and get to know Linda Odell and hear why she’s running.

General Meeting Saturday, January 18th with Special Guest!

Join us for our first meeting of 2020 at the Democratic headquarters in Honor!


 We will meet at 9:30 am with coffee, quality breakfast treats, and conversation. The brief business part of the meeting begins at 10 am followed by Dana Ferguson speaking to us about his campaign to run for the 1st District’s Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This position is currently occupied by Jack Bergman.