News and Recent Activities
This coming Monday, September 26 is the first post-primary presidential debate of 2016. It is, of course, an historic event. Never before has a woman been in the final debates for a presidential election and we couldn’t be more proud of our candidate, Hillary Clinton. Please join us at Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington Street in Ann Arbor) for a Debate Watching Party! Doors open at 8 p.m. and the debate is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. We will have some light refreshments and a cash bar.
For more information and to make a donation to help defray food costs, go to http://tinyurl.com/1stAnnArborPrezDebate.
This debate watching party is sponsored by the Washtenaw County Democratic Party, the Ann Arbor Democratic Party, and Arbor Brewing Company.
We don’t like to come to you asking for money often (and we don’t.) However, today is an exception and I hope you’ll consider helping us accomplish something BIG!
The Washtenaw County Democratic Party in partnership with the Western Washtenaw Democrats and the Ann Arbor Democratic Party is doing something we haven’t done since 2000: We are creating a countywide Voters Guide – 60,000 12-page, tabloid newspaper-style Voters Guides for distribution throughout the county. We will be targeting households with persuadable voters as well as Democrats who don’t always make it to the polls. The Voters Guide will be mailed to over 7,000 households receiving absentee ballots. We will hand deliver the rest through canvassing and voter outreach efforts and any remaining funds will be used to mail them to homes in the most rural areas of the county (households that are considered “unwalkable”.)
This is an ambitious project and we need YOUR FINANCIAL HELP to make it a reality. We anticipate that it will cost close to $20,000 for printing and mailing costs. This is an important element of our get out the vote (GOTV) effort and we’re counting on you to help make it a reality.
Can we count on you for a significant donation TODAY to help get out the vote for our Democratic candidates in Washtenaw County?
We’re asking you to act quickly because we need to have the Voters Guides in the mail next week when absentee ballots are mailed. You can make your contribution here:
Our goal is to raise $5,000 from our membership. Here is our progress so far:
As I said, this is an ambitious project and we can only do it with your help. Thank you so much for your support.
The Washtenaw County Democratic Party is pleased to endorse the following candidates for the 2016 General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016:
7th Congressional District
12th Congressional District
52nd State House District
53rd State House District
55th State House District
Washtenaw County Clerk, Register of Deeds
Washtenaw County Sheriff
Washtenaw County Treasurer
Washtenaw County Prosecutor
Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner
Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 1
Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 2
Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 4
Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 5
Ruth Ann Jamnick
Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 7
Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 8
Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 9
State Supreme Court Deborah Thomas
14A District Court
Ann Arbor Mayor
Ann Arbor City Council, Ward 2
Ann Arbor City Council, Ward 3
Ann Arbor City Council, Ward 4
Ann Arbor School Board
Ypsilanti City Mayor
Ypsilanti City Council, Ward 2
Ypsilanti City Council, Ward 3
Ypsilanti Township Trustee
Chelsea School Board
Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees
Wayne State University Board of Governors
Ethriam Cash Brammer Has withdrawn from the race
Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education
If you wish to be considered for an endorsement by the WCDP, please read the pertinent section of our bylaws which can be found HERE.
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.”
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:
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.”
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) right away. Thanks!
P.P.S. Here is more information about the offices:
Ann Arbor: 5060 Jackson Road, Suite H
Ypsilanti: 418 W. Michigan Avenue
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.