Protest march on March 23 in Traverse City

PROTEST TO RESIST TRUMP’S REPUBLICARE!!
NOON  TO  1:00THURSDAY, MARCH 23
Grandview Parkway & Union St, Traverse City
Bring signs, go home to call Bergman’s DC office –
Rally’s are planned nationwide……TC will speak!!
Republican’s plan to vote on the AHCA thursday night –
We need to let the People of TC know it does NOT work for
the People!!
WE NEED REAL HEALTHCARE – SINGLE PAYER!!

Check out our Facebook page for action updates

Find us on Facebook @AntrimCountyDemocraticParty

Women Dems hold luncheon on Feb. 21, 2017

The Women Dems will hold a luncheon at noon at the Lunch Box in Bellaire.  Our speaker will be Brandon Fewins from Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Traverse City office.  Lunch will be soup, half chicken salad sandwich and beverage for $13 which includes tax and tip.  Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Please RSVP to chrisandglenn@gmail.com by Friday, February 17 and please let me know if you have any specific dietary needs.

Rep. Triston Cole visits Elk Rapids

There was a good turnout on Feb. 13 in Elk Rapids to meet with Rep. Triston Cole. He gave a good Power Point presentation about his activities since taking office and seemed to be listening to everyone. However, when asked about funding Planned Parenthood, he said he is in favor of defunding it, even when pressed on women’s health issues. Then he proudly showed his recent rating as the second most conservative representative in the State House. On a positive note, he is committed to talking to all the members of his district and especially appreciates hand written notes.

Updates on Jan. 28, 2017

Now that the reality has set in about the next four years with President Trump, the ACDP and Women Dems are committed to taking action.  Several members marched in Washington, DC and Traverse City and they are fired up to act and resist.  Follow our Facebook pages for the latest news.  If you aren’t a member, you can join for only $5 by downloading the membership form on this site.

County convention on Dec. 1, 2016

CALL TO COUNTY CONVENTION
 
The Antrim County Democratic Party will hold a post election convention at 2:00pm, Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Helena Township Hall in Alden, MI.(Follow the Library signs up the hill past the Methodist church.)
 
The purpose of the Convention is to elect officers and members of the Executive Committee to serve for two years.
 
Party rules specify that to vote you must be a member of the Michigan State Democratic Party. Precinct delegates, Democratic elected officials, and Democratic nominees to partisan offices are automatic members and may join the MDP the day of the convention. 

Nov. 8 Election endorsements

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

Lon Johnson for 1st Congressional District

Wyatt Knight for 105th State House

Ismael Ahmed and John Austin for State Board of Ed.

Laurence Deitch and Denise Illitch for UM Board of Regents

Dianne Byrum and Diann Woodward for MSU Board of Trustees

Yvette McElroy Anderson and Mark Gaffney for Wayne State Governors

Frank Szymanski and Deborah Thomas for State of Michigan Supreme Court

Antrim County Commissioners: Todd Derenzy, Michael Shanahan, Kathleen Peterson

Township Boards:  Jerry Kulka, Joan Shanahan, Alan Petrie, Dennis Graham, Carolyn Barnett

Election Season Office Hours in Elk Rapids

We have opened an election season office in Elk Rapids at the west end of River St. It’s just past the Elk Rapids Cinema, in the same location as past elections. Our hours are Wednesday 10 – noon. Thursday, Friday and Saturday noon – 6:00. Stop by to volunteer and pick up signs of your favorite Democratic candidates.

Gretchen Whitmer to speak on Aug. 11, 2016

We are pleased to welcome Gretchen Whitmer, Ingham County Prosecutor and Former Senate Democratic Leader as our speaker for our August meeting. Her topics will include:  


-Women’s Equity Day: August 26, 2016: The day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
–  How can we get more women interested in politics and running for office?
–  What got me interested in politics?
–  And more, including time for questions.
 
The meeting will be on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Torch Lake Township Hall, US 31, Torch Lake Village, Mi.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP no later thanAugust 8, 2016. A $5.00 donation is requested. 

May and June Events

 

THE ANTRIM COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY  WILL MEET THURSDAY, MAY 26, 6:00 PM, IN THE ANTRIM COUNTY BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR COMMISSIONERS EAST ARENA AN CONVENTION CENTER ROOM. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY  AND TOWNSHIP OFFICES  AS WELL AS WYATT  KNIGHT,  CANDIDATE FOR THE 105 HOUSE SEAT, HAVE BEEN INVITED. PRIOR TO THE MEETING, CONVERSATION AND FOOD AT SHORTS @5:00PM

UP COMING MAY AND JUNE EVENTS–
MAY 21ST  1ST DISTRICT DELEGATE SELECTION FOR DELEGATES TO DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION 11:00 AM, @ LITTLE BEAR EAST ARENA AND COMMUNITY CENTER, 275 MARQUETTE ST., ST. IGNACE, MI.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11-ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL, ROTARY PARK(Where the swan is on US 31), ELK RAPIDS, 2-4PM. Be sure to come and bring a friend.  
 
JUNE 15 WOMEN DEMS LUNCHEON, 12 NOON, BLUE PELICAN, SARAH PIERSON AND KIM, RANGER, ELK RAIDS SCHOOLS, SPEAKING ON THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM. Our speakers on June 15 will be Sarah Pierson, International Baccalaureate Coordinator for Cherryland Middle School and Kim Ranger, IB Coordinator for Lakeland Elementary School.  Both Elk Rapids schools have adopted the program which utilizes interdisciplinary learning and actively engages students in inquiry based learning activities. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  –IB Schools of Michigan
 The meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Blue Pelican in Central Lake. Cost will be $12.50 payable at the door. Please let me know if you have any dietary needs. Please RSVP as soon as possible and no later thanSaturday, June 11.  Thank you.

March 24, 2016 monthly meeting

ANTRIM COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY- THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 6:00PM

AT THE COUNTY BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR, COMMISSIONERS ROOM
(Join those who meet and eat at 5:00pm-Let’s try Shorts)
ON OUR AGENDA:
SHERYL GUY, ANTRIM COUNTY CLERK,
PRESENTING INFORMATION ON THE QUALIFIED VOTER FILE & ELECTION INSPECTOR
TRAININGS. WE NEED PARTY MEMBERS TRAINED FOR THE AUG. PRIMARY AND NOV. GENERAL ELECTION!
CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT:
REPORT ON POTENTIAL CANDIDATE, WYATT KNIGHT, FOR DISTRICT 105, STATE HOUSE.
REPORTS FROM PARTY MEMBERS WHO HAVE MET HIM.
DISCUSSION:
OPEN TOWNSHIP AND COUNTY POSITIONS OF WHICH WE ARE AWARE
FUND/FUN RAISERS 
NEEDED-VOLUNTEER FOR REFRESHMENTS-CONTACT MIKE AT 

Feb. 25 monthly meeting and membership renewals

The regular meeting will be held on Feb. 25, 2016 at 6:00 in the county building in Bellaire.  Some folks will be having dinner first at Moka’s at 5:00 so please join us.

Annual membership renewals are due on April 1, 2016.  Please send a $5 check made out to the Antrim County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 1025, Bellaire, 49615.

Please include the following info:

Name of those joining,

address,
phone #.
email,
and if employed, your employer’s name and address.
If retired, just say retired.
When you join the State Democratic Party our local Party gets part of those funds returned to us.  Please consider joining the State Democratic Party.  Particularly this year, we all will need to give our financial support to candidates and the Democratic Party if we want to win elections….. sad but true.  Here is the membership site for the Michigan State Democratic Party.   http://www.michigandems.com/join-mdp
JOINING THE MDP NOW MEANS YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CONVENTION.  SEE BELOW:
The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is right around the corner. Our state will be represented by 148 delegates and 11 alternates, and believe it or not, one of them could be you!
The Delegate Candidacy form is now available for download at www.michigandems.com. Completed applications must be postmarked or received by 5:00 PM on April 25th to be considered.

Jan. 28, 2016 meeting

ACDP MONTHLY MEETING:
We will be having our regular meeting the fourth Thursday, Jan 28th at the Antrim county building in Bellaire at 6:00PM. The agenda will include the need to find candidates for the upcoming election.  We also need to discuss the recent changes in voting laws and how it will effect the election. An update will be given about the summer fund raiser.

We will meet at Shorts in Bellaire at 5:00 for those who are so inclined.

2016 Election year dates

With the election year upon us, it is time to post the important dates for voting and filing to run.  The Michigan Presidential Primary election is March 8.  The District 1 convention to elect delegates for the national convention next summer is on May 21, 2106 in Sault Ste. Marie.  If you want to be on the ballot at that convention, you must apply by April 25.  Local elections are also extremely important and the filing deadline is April 19, 2016 for township and county positions.

Holiday gathering on December 13, 2015

We will not meet in December as the date falls on the 24th. Ron and Cynthia Tschudy have offered to host a Holiday Gathering at their home. Ron says,”The house may burst, but Y”All Come”

WHEN? Sunday, December 13th, 2pm-5’ish

WHERE? 3245 Six Mile Lake Road, Central Lake area*

WHAT? Open House, please bring a finger food to share. Tschudy’s will supply beverages.Questions-231-544-6167. There’s a sign right by the driveway — “Shut Down Line 5 Pipeline”– and that the mailbox (3245) is twenty yards north of the driveway and on the other side of the road.

In the spirit of the season, we would like to provide food baskets for two families in the Rapid City area served by Karen Bradley. (Northwest MI Family Intervention). One is a Grandmother raising her 6 year old Grandson and the other, a couple who have adopted 3 siblings, 8,10 and12 years old. If you wish to donate food, please bring non- perishable items. Grocery store gift cards are also welcome. More info-Karen 231-313-6850.

November/December events

The ACDP monthly business meetings are cancelled in November and December.  Instead, we will have a holiday potluck dinner in Bellaire.  Details to follow.

Fall Food Drive:  Nov. 5 – 6, 2015 are the dates for the county wide food drive held at Family Fare in Mancelona and Bellaire and Village Market in Elk Rapids.  Volunteers will be collecting items and cash from 10 – 6, both days.

Women Dems program:  Jerry Cannon will discuss his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District and Senator Gary Peters’ field representative from Traverse City will be the featured speakers.  The luncheon will take place at the Blue Pelican in Central Lake from noon – 2 on Nov. 10, 2015.  Email chrisandglennh@gmail.com for reservations.

October events

The Women Dems will host Lon Johnson, candidate for the 1st Congressional District, on October 6, 2015 at noon at the Blue Pelican in Central Lake.  Please email chrisandglennh@gmail.com for reservations.  The price is $12.50.

Conversation and Coffee with Brandon Dillon , newly elected Michigan Democratic State Chair, 1:00PM, Thursday. October 8, 2015 at the Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Road, Alden MI. More Information, 231-585-6922

August events

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 6:00PM-ANTRIM COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING-2ND FLOOR, ANTRIM COUNTY BUIDING  Short Business Meeting followed by open discussion on what other county parties are doing and what direction we want to go.
 As usual meet and eat with like minded friends at 5pm. Let’s try Moka again; less crowded than Shorts.
IMPORTANT EVENTS:
Wednesday, August 26, Noon, Beneshek’s Traverse City Office, 3301 Veterans Drive, to protest his “No” vote on Iran agreement, organized thru Move On.org-local host is David Rowley.
WOMEN DEMS-Sept 14, Noon, Blue Pelican, Central Lake
BREAKING NEWS: Jerry Cannon will announce that he is a candidate for the House of Representatives at the Grand Traverse Dems Picnic on Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Spring Events

May 28, 2015

Please join us for the monthly business meeting on May 28, 2015 at 6:00pm in the County Government Building in Bellaire.  We’ll also go to Shorts first at 5:00 for a bite to eat.

June 15, 2015

Mark Totten, former candidate for Attorney General, will speak at a social gathering at 5:00 at the Torch Lake Township Hall.

June 14, 2015

Ice Cream Social at the Rotary Park in Elk Rapids from 2:00-4:00.

 

 

Monthly meetings in Bellaire

The monthly business meetings for the Antrim Dems are held at 6:00pm on the 4th Thursday of each month on the second floor of the County Building in Bellaire.  All are welcome to attend.  You do not need to be a member of the Executive Committee or a member of the county party to attend.

You can join the Antrim County Democratic Party by sending a check for $5 sent to P.O. Box 1025, Bellaire, MI 49615.

VOTE ON NOV. 4

Antrim Dems endorse the following candidates:

Gary Peters – U.S. Senate

Jerry Cannon – U.S. 1st Congresssional District

Mark Schauer – Governor

Lisa Brown — Lt. Governor

Mark Totten – Attorney General

Godfrey Dillard — Secretary of State

Dr. Phil Bellfy – 37th Senate District

Jay Calo – 105th House District

Deborah Thomas – State Supreme Court (partial term)*

Richard Bernstein—State Supreme Court*

William Murphy—State Supreme Court*

*Nonpartisan portion of the ballot

Welcome to the Antrim County Dems

Auction HAS FINISHED!  A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BID ON ALL THE ITEMS.  WINNING BIDDERS WILL RECEIVE EMAIL INVOICES TODAY.  BIDS ON LIVE AUCTION ITEMS WILL CONTINUE AT THE PARTY ON JULY 17, 2012.  THERE WILL BE LOTS OF SILENT AUCTION ITEMS, TOO.

Go to page of Auctions for…  VacationsArtPerformancesLessonsDelicious Dinners & Food Items,  Lake Rides and a Road TripHouse & GardenPoliticalClothing & AccessoriesMiscellaneous

Live Auction Party on July 17, 2012.  Please email debknudstrup@gmail.com for reservations or call 231 322-4622.

 

You can download an updated Auction Catalog to review the items that will be available at the July 17th event in the silent and live auctions.