In this issue: Meet our County Commission Candidates! Why we love our headquarters.
Walk, knock, and meet Dems. Elephant in the classroom–school funding crisis!
Who says nothing happens in March besides great basketball? Benzie Dems were busy all month.
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Want Dems to win big in November? Help us grow our grassroots revival by working in your home precinct. You can help verify our lists of current Democratic voters and work on getting out the vote. Your precinct corresponds to your township or the City of Frankfort. If you’re not a precinct delegate, you can help out whoever is working in that capacity. In most precincts, we do not have enough delegates to do this work. Can you spend a couple hours a month chatting on the phone with Dems down the street, reminding them of Party and Candidate events, hearing their thoughts on local, state, and national issues, reminding them to vote on Election Day. It’s easy, you’ll make some new friends, and it’s crucial to our candidates’ success.
Contact Vice-Chair Carroll Volpe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-227-1155
and she’ll get you plugged in!
Several Benzie Dems attended the state party’s nominating convention on April 15, where Plymouth attorney Dana Nessel won the endorsement for her candidacy for state attorney general. She defeated former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Pat Miles of Grand Rapids after nearly 10 hours of speeches and voting at Cobo Center. “I think the Democratic Party was ready for a more unconventional candidate and race,” said Nessel, who will be the first openly gay candidate to run for statewide office. “I was really excited to get so many new members signed up. There’s a lot of enthusiasm for the party in a way that we haven’t seen it for while.” There was an enormous amount of energy in the crowd of more than 6,700 people at the convention. “This is huge, even with the bad weather across the state,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon. “There’s just such a real enthusiasm that people are chomping at the bit to do something.
Also endorsed were Supreme Court candidates Megan Cavanagh and University of Michigan law professor Sam Bagenstos and for Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, who is unopposed. The endorsements will become official at the party’s summer convention in August. Benson is the CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and the former Dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan.
The four candidates for governor will face each other in the August 7 primary election.