Join Us for Discussion

On Friday, August 14, at 4:00 pm in the Benzie County Democratic HQ, you are welcome to join Gerald Wilgus and other Benzie County Democrats in an informal discussion with Catherine Daligga, member of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party Executive Board (Precinct Organizing Committee co-chair). Catherine also writes for the progressive blog Daily Kos under the name of peregrine kate, and she is the new State Leader for the blog’s mission to help elect more and better Democrats. We’ll talk about how to flip the MI House in 2016, how to recapture the governor’s seat in 2018, and how political blogging through the Daily Kos website can support the organizing on the ground needed to accomplish those goals. Afterwards, those of us who can’t get enough of political talk will reconvene for a meal at Papa J’s.

Join Us for Coho Festival Parade

Coho Festival, August 22, 2015.

Parade begins at 2 pm. Line up in Honor at 1:30 pm, South St./Riverside Dr.

It’s a short parade – contact Marcia Stobie.

Please bring candy; if you have a sign or vehicle, bike, etc. also please bring!

Four Spoke at July Event

Local Democrats gathered July 19 at the Betsie River Centennial Lily Farm to hear two current candidates for 2016: Tom Stobie, who is making a second run for the 101st State Representative seat, and former Michigan Democratic State Party Chair, Lon Johnson, who has announced his candidacy for Congress in the First District. They were joined by two potential candidates who are exploring the possibility of running again: Dan Scripps, former 101st District.

State Representative, and Jerry Cannon, who ran for the First Congressional District in 2014. All speakers agreed on the need for new and vigorous leadership and vision, both in the State House and in Congress. If there are any primary election contests in 2016, proceeds from the event will be used to support Democratic candidates after the primary.

Dems listen to candidates.
Dems listen to candidates.



Charlotte Robling Honoree Dinner on Sept. 12

The annual Democratic Charlotte Robling Honoree Dinner will be held Saturday, September 12, 2015. The Honorees are Don Tanner for his many services to Benzie County and Mike Ross for all his work for the Benzie County Democrats.

The dinner, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, is at Fallen Timbers, 13901 Honor Highway (US-31 across from the Greystone Mansion). There is plenty of parking. The buffet-style meal will feature three meats and one vegetarian main dish. There will be a cash bar. The event’s main speaker will be Brandon Dillon, the newly elected chair of the Michigan Democratic Party and former state representative (D-Grand Rapids). He takes over for Lon Johnson, who resigned after announcing his run for the First District congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls).

Silent Auction
We are looking for donations of large ticket items for this: art objects, gift certificates, services, and other items of interest for people to bid on. In addition there will be a $5 cash table of smaller useful items for immediate purchase. We need donations for this table also, items such as place mats, candles, kitchen items, etc. Please call or e-mail Chloe (kcmcgehee@ sbcglobal, 882-9446) or Judy ( judealou @hotmail. com) if you have questions. Items can be delivered to our Democratic Party office in Honor or at our next meeting on August 15.

The fund-raising committee worked hard to keep the cost at $40 per person. Reservations & checks should be mailed to Bruce Ogilvie,Treasurer at PO Box 403, Beulah, MI 49617. The Honoree dinner should be noted on the check.


Mike Ross
Mike Ross
Don Tanner
Don Tanner


Photos by Al Bryant