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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
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Benzie Opening Day: Stobie for State House

Spring has sprung, the snow is finally melting, the Tigers are playing baseball, we will even see flowers soon.
It’s a season of hope, so, now is the time to start talking to voters!
Join Team Stobie on Thursday, April 24th at 3:30 pm to help spread Tom’s message and Win the Election. We will be meeting at the Crystal Lake Township Hall at the corner of Frankfort Highway (M-115) and Airport Road.
We’ll have a brief training for new folks, get everyone a partner, then head out to canvass door to door. It’s a fun way to meet folks, hear their concerns, and inform them a little about Tom. It is the best way to get Tom elected!
Come on out for the Opening Day Canvass!
Shifts last about 2-3 hours. Invite your friends and family. Any questions? Call the Volunteer Hotline at 616-446-2280 or email Phil at See you Thursday! Thanks for all of your help!
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Candidate and Precinct Delegate Deadlines

November General Election Candidate Deadline

The filing deadline for partisan candidates for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election is Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Primary contests, if there are any, will take place on August 5, 2014. There are many important contests at stake, including our local County Commissioners, a few township offices, seats in the U.S. Senate and House, the State Legislature, and the Governorship. Please make sure you are registered and ready to vote in this election. Our county Precinct Delegates will be elected August 5.

Precinct Delegate Filing Deadline

To get on the ballot, file affidavit of Identity with the County Clerk no later than 4:00 pm on May 6, 2014. Petition signatures are not required. Candidates will appear on the August 5, 2014 primary ballot. A precinct delegate candidate may hold or seek any other public office in Michigan and may appear as a candidate for another office on the August 5, 2014 primary ballot. An Affidavit of Identity form designed exclusively for use by precinct delegate candidates can be obtained through any county clerk’s office or is available on the Michigan Department of State’s website: Or, a standard Affidavit of Identity form can be filed.

The Benzie Dems are looking for candidates to serve their local party in their home precincts as Precinct Delegates. Precinct Delegates elect the Benzie Dems Executive Committee, keep in touch with and help identify the Dems in their home precincts, and help get out the vote on election. They are the grass-roots of the party. See more about delegates in our Winter newsletter.

Based on the November 6, 2012 Democratic Presidential/Vice Presidential Results and the formula adopted by the Benzie County Democratic Party Executive Committee (1 delegate per 100 Obama votes (or fraction thereof), we need the following number of precinct delegates, by Township/City.


No. of Delegates allowed/needed
based on 1/100 formula

2012 Votes Delegates
Almira 850 9
Benzonia 762 8
Blaine 145 2
Colfax 150 2
Crystal Lake 352 4
Gilmore 289 3
Homestead 558 6
Inland 445 5
Joyfield 221 3
Lake 276 3
Platte 123 2
Weldon 124 2
Frankfort 390 4
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Women’s History Project Presents “Union Sisters/Closet Feminists”

With Michelle Kaminski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Resources & Labor Relations–Michigan State University
Speaker & author on labor education topics including diversifying union leadership, workplace bullying, FMLA, & collective bargaining.

Thursday, April 10 – 5 pm
Mills Community House – Benzonia

This program is part of the Benzie Academy Lecture Series presented by the Benzie Area Historical Museum.

No charge. Donations support museum programs.

Access to listening devices, interpreter services, or enhanced text is available by emailing or texting 231-590-4671.

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