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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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Celebrate International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year the Benzie Area Women’s History Project will be showing the film, Made in Dagenham, at the Garden Theater in Frankfort. The date is Saturday, March 8, at 3 pm.…adeindagenham/#/home/

There will be a reception the day before, Friday, March 7, from 5 to 7 pm, at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort for an exhibit Honoring Women: Character, Courage and Commitment.

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Stobie Reflects on Job Ahead

We recently asked candidate Tom Stobie three questions related to the job he seeks: representing the 101 District in the state House of Representatives.

Tom Stobie(1) You have been a worker in public education, most recently as superintendent of the Frankfort school system. How do you think your work experience will contribute to your performance as a state legislator?

Being an administrator, especially a superintendent, is wonderful training for running for public office. Both positions have to raise money, both have to speak to groups and answer tough questions, and both positions have to listen to their constituents and try to help where they can. You also have to become an expert in many areas to be able to understand the complexities of legislation being proposed. Both superintendent and state representative also are used to being pressured from many sides and being able to handle that pressure. I look forward to that challenge.

(2) When elected, you’ll represent Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, and Mason counties. What needs do you see that people throughout this district have in common, in terms of state government?

All of us live in the most beautiful place on earth. We must protect our environment and maintain our water and air quality. Many of the 101st constituents have experienced loss of income and buying power especially our senior citizens. Our current representative voted to raise taxes on our seniors, voted against Pure Michigan and voted to eliminate important environmental regulations that protected our beautiful area. When I am elected to the state house, I will have your back!

(3) What legislation of the current Republican government has done the most harm to the district and what do you want to focus on during your first term?

Raising taxes on senior citizens’ pensions, eliminating the earned income tax credit and passing the Right to Work legislation were the most harmful. Of course, the loss of revenue to our public schools over the past three years and the push for more Charter and cyber schools is also adding to the deterioration of our public school system.

When I am elected I will fight to protect school aid funding and resources so our school district don’t continue to cut teachers and programs, eliminate taxes on senior pensions, and fight for better programs for the 700,000 veterans in our state.