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Walks Vital to Campaign

Vice chair Mike Ross has been working hard as canvassing coordinator because he’s well aware of the importance and effectiveness of face-to-face contact with voters.

Every Tuesday starting in June, the Benzie Dems team of walkers will meet at our new headquarters and leave to knock on doors in Benzie County. The primary targets for the walks are mostly our own Democratic Party members. We will also be knocking on doors on people thought to be independent voters. Walkers are promoting voter participation and Tom Stobie, our candidate for State Representative, District 101. They’ll provide other information as materials and volunteers become available.

In the 2012 election, more than 995,000 Democrats stayed home. We need to change our share of that number in Benzie County this year. WE NEED YOUR HELP.

During June we will be concentrating our efforts in Inland Township, District 6, and Almira East District 1. We were at Inland Township on Tuesdays between 3:30- 7 pm, May 27, and June 3.

We will be in Almira East District 1  Tuesdays between 3:30- 7 pm, June 10, 17, and 24. Find some date that works for you as either a driver or walker, and please join us.

If you plan to help or have questions about the walks, you can contact Mike Ross phone 231-651-0604. If he can’t answer, please leave a message and he will return your call or email him at

Volunteers needed for June Thompsonville Summer Fest

Blue Tigers are volunteer Democrats who perform community service. For the past seven years, they’ve been helping to set up and take down the annual Summer Fest  in Thompsonville, next to the fire hall. The event is Monday, June 16, 6-8 pm. If you can help on this event contact Mike Ross at 231-651-0604 or Dave Green at 231-325-2484. Your help is needed at 2 pm to set up  or at 8 pm after the event.  We need two shifts of volunteers, one for setup, one to help dismantle.

Summer Fest provides free food for families who attend and take part in a walk through of the village hall to learn the type of services and opportunities available for families and seniors in Benzie County. There are games for kids and music  in the pavilion for the seniors in the late afternoon.

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July 4 Parades – Just For Fun!

Walk with the Benzie Dems in the July 4 parades:

Frankfort: 10 am
Beulah: 1 pm

If you can walk the walk, drive, or otherwise participate, please contact Susan Koenig at (231.882.5722 or 231.510.5861). Candy donations needed.

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Benefits of Minimum Wage, with Mark Brewer

Attorney Mark Brewer will speak on the benefits of raising the Michigan minimum wage and will also address and answer questions on the 2014 elections at 9:30 am, Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Minerva’s Restaurant, Park Place Hotel, 300 East State Street, Traverse City.

This event is sponsored by the Grand Traverse County Democratic Party. The event is free and the public is invited.

Mark Brewer is with the Goodman Acker PC law firm. He specializes in union-side labor, election and campaign finance law. He also provides campaign management and political consulting services to officeholders, candidates, organizations, ballot questions and issue campaigns.

Mark Brewer was awarded his J.D. by Stanford University Law School in 1981 and his A.B. by Harvard College in 1977. After working for a judge of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Charles Levin, he was admitted to practice in Michigan in 1983. A recipient of the Champion of Justice Award from the Michigan Association for Justice and the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Education Association, from 1995 until 2013 he served as Chair or Executive Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party and as a member of the Democratic National Committee. He has been honored by the State Bar of Michigan for his pro bono legal work.

June 07, 2014 at 9:30am – 11:30am
Minerva’s Restaurant 300 E State St Traverse City, MI 49684 United States Google map and directions