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Campaign finance complaint filed against Republican Washtenaw Commissioner Dan Smith

This past week, Washtenaw County Democratic Party Chair Chris Savage filed a formal complaint with the Michigan Bureau of Elections against Republican Washtenaw County Commissioner Dan Smith. The complaint stems from literature sent out by Smith which uses his government email address “SmithD@eWashtenaw.org”. With no apparent sense of irony, the literature in question encourages voters to contact him “with any questions or concerns about how your hard-earned tax dollars are used.”


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The complaint can be viewed HERE.

Smith, who once said, “let’s get rid of much of our county-level government; leave the jail and courts with the county, let cities/townships do everything else”, is largely self-funding his campaign. Recent campaign filings show that he spend nearly $40,000 of his own money. His Democratic opponent, Michelle Deatrick, has been endorsed by the WCDP, and is running a positive, grassroots campaign. You can help Michelle fight back against Smith’s abuse of his elected position and the campaign he is personally bankrolling by clicking HERE.

Here is the press release sent out this morning:


Campaign Finance Complaint Filed Against Washtenaw County Commissioner Dan Smith

Washtenaw County, Michigan – This past week, Washtenaw County Democratic Party Chair Chris Savage filed a complaint with the Michigan Elections Bureau against Washtenaw County Commissioner Dan Smith. The complaint stems from campaign literature sent out by Smith using his Washtenaw County government email address as a means to contact him. The Michigan Elections Bureau website is very clear on this issue saying, “Public officeholders and other public bodies are prohibited from using their office email and phones for campaign purposes.”

“While some may see this as a trivial matter, it is not,” said Savage. “Incumbency already has built-in advantages for any candidate. Dan Smith is well aware of the law and quite capable of creating a separate email account for his campaign. The use of his official government email address is a clear effort to leverage his government position to further bolster his campaign.”

“According to recent filings with the State of Michigan, Smith has self-funded his campaign using $38,305 of his own money,” Savage continued. “Surely a man of his means can afford a free email account. His decision not to do so makes it abundantly clear that this was a deliberate effort. Michigan law also makes it clear that it is illegal.”

Ann Arbor campaign office is open, Ypsilanti office opens THIS FRIDAY! (and there’s a party)

It is with great excitement that we are able to announce the opening of our Ypsilanti Coordinated Campaign office. On Friday, August 26th from 6-8 p.m. we will be having party to celebrate and hope you can join us!

The address of the office is 418 W. Michigan Avenue (near the corner of Hamilton and Michigan.) If you’re able to attend, please RSVP HERE so that we know how many folks are coming.

The best part about this office is that after Election Day in November, we are keeping it open as a permanent, year-round office for the WCDP and our Washtenaw-area partners.

We hope to see you at our party! Please invite your friends to join us, too!

In addition to the Ypsi office, we have an Ann Arbor office, as well, and it is already open for business. The address is 5060 Jackson Road, Suite H (between Wagner and Zeeb in the same strip mall as Giardino’s Pizza on the north side of the street.) It’s a terrific office with lots of room and lots of campaigns working together to get out the vote. Stop by and help out whenever you can.

P.S. We are in need of a refrigerator and other office furniture and equipment for the Ypsilanti office. If you have a working fridge and/or other items that you are willing to donate to the office, please contact Chris Savage (chrissavage123@sbcglobal.net) right away. Thanks!

P.P.S. Here is more information about the offices:

Ann Arbor: 5060 Jackson Road, Suite H
Phone: 734-249-8207

Ypsilanti: 418 W. Michigan Avenue
Phone: 734-879-0560

Hours for both offices:
Mon-Thurs – 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri – 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun – Noon-6 p.m.

YPSILANTI CANDIDATE FORUMS SCHEDULED

July 18, 7:00 pm – City Council
July 26, 7:00 pm – State Representative for District 54
Both forums at Riverside Arts Center, 76 North Huron, Ypsilanti
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Town Hall Meeting on the State of Policing in Washtenaw County

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Candidate Forum: Money in Lansing Politics

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