Meet Our County Commissioner Candidates

Please join the Benzie County Democrats for a night of music and fundraising!

Live music from Uncle Ted’s Nightcrawlers, Jim Clapp, Standing Hamptons, and Steve Fernand. Contribute $10 towards the Democratic candidate of your choice for County Commissioner: Coury Carland, Don Tanner, and Charity Miller.

There will be a cash bar. The party will supply finger food, music, and hopefully a good time for all who attend.  Each year this is a fun and festive event!  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, Sept. 14
5 – 8 pm
Cabbage Shed

Check Out Our New Headquarters

Our new headquarters is open — stop by for a visit!

For the 2014 election and beyond, the Benzie County Democratic Party in June opened a headquarters in Honor and has now announced expanded office hours for the election season. The office is at 9330 Honor Highway (U.S. 31) between Shirley’s Salon and the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater. The space, renovated by volunteers, is being used for public contact, meetings, and special events. Information on candidates, the Democratic Party, and items such as shirts, hats, and signs are available there.

Volunteers are needed to staff the office between now and the election. All hands welcome — please volunteer as much as you can. If interested, please stop by, email, or call.

Benzie County Democratic Party office location:
9330 Honor Highway (U.S.31) Honor, Michigan
Office Phone: 231-227-1112

Office hours:
Monday, 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, 4 to 8 pm
Wednesday, 9 am to noon
Thursday, 6 to 8 pm
Friday, 9 am to noon
Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm
Sunday, closed

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Lisa Brown, Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, to Speak in Manistee

lisabrownLisa Brown, the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, the woman who was silenced in the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature for speaking out for women’s rights, will be the keynote speaker at the Combating the Republican War on Women event on Monday August 18, 1-3 PM, at the Manistee Golf and Country Club.

Currently the Oakland County Clerk, Brown previously served two terms as a Democrat in the state House of Representatives before being chosen by Mark Schauer as his running mate for the Governor’s seat.

“Lisa Brown is a proven leader who’s always been a tough fighter for the middle class,” Schauer said in a statement. “Lisa shares my values and priorities for making education our top economic priority, and working to make Michigan’s economy fairer for the middle class.”

In 2012 Brown received national media attention for being silenced when she spoke opposing legislation that would have closed women’s health clinics and banned abortions for women after 20 weeks even in cases that jeopardized the mother’s life. The next day, thousands of men, women, and children showed at the capital steps to show support for her and for women’s health care choices.

Tickets are $15 for one person and $28 for two (bring a buddy). To make reservations, please go to: and click on Reservations. You can also mail a check (payable to Manistee County Democratic Party) to PO Box 65, Manistee, MI  49660.

For more information, please call Judy Cunningham at 231-794-0005.


Benzie County Convention Call

The Benzie County Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, August 16 at our headquarters located at 9930 Honor Hwy (just east of the Cherry Bowl Drive In Theater in the Field Crafts/Bookwear building) at 9:00 a.m. Delegates to the County Convention shall be the Precinct Delegates duly elected in the August 5 Primary Election, the nominees for County and Legislative office and members of the Michigan Democratic Party whose membership was renewed on or before July 10, 2014.  Precinct Delegates, Democratic elected officials, and Democratic nominees to partisan offices may become members that day when they register at the County Convention. The regular County Party meeting will follow the convention.


  1.  Call to Order
  2.  Pledge of Allegiance
  3.  Verification of Credentials
  4.  Appointment of Temporary Secretary
  5.  Election of Convention Chair
  6.  Convention Chair conducts Election for Convention Secretary
  7.  Consideration of Resolutions for Forwarding to the State Convention Platform Committee
  8.  Discussion for the Good of the Cause
  9.  Adjournment