About the WCDP

Your county-level Democratic Party.

What is the WCDP?

The Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) is a county-level party. It is run by an Executive Board, all volunteers, headed by a Chair and Vice Chair. Executive Board members are elected by the County Committee just after the November election in even-numbered years for a term of two years. The Executive Board is composed of the heads of a number of standing committees, along with the Chair of the WCDP Black Caucus, who do the nitty-gritty work of organizing a small army of dedicated volunteers. Precinct delegates are elected representatives at the precinct level during the August primary election. These are also volunteers who act as liaisons between their neighborhoods and the Party and can make a difference by organizing their precincts to increase voter and civic participation.

How is it different from the MDP?

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is a statewide entity, independent from every other state-level Democratic Party. The MDP has a small professional administrative staff, but most of its functions are carried out by volunteers. It is run by the State Central Committee and an Executive Committee. The State Central Committee is also elected for two years at the Spring Congressional District Convention where everyone who has registered as a member of the MDP can vote. The voting is organized through Congressional Districts, which choose their representatives to the State Central Committee. The Executive Committee is elected by the State Central Committee and includes DNC members.

So, what is the DNC?

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the entity responsible for running the presidential election. Its members are elected every two years at State Party Conventions (the Spring Congressional District Convention).

We worked hard in 2018, and we see the results with Governor Whitmer, Lt. Governor Gilchrist, Secretary of State Benson, and Attorney General Nessel about to take the reins. Conservatives are now ramming through new legislation to gut representation, hamstring citizen initiatives, and suppress the vote. We must redouble our efforts to keep our second Senate seat and re-balance the legislature.While national campaigns come and go, WCDP is always here to protect Michiganders. Washtenaw Dems are mobilized and working to strengthen our local communities and win back the state through grassroots networking. No matter how red a county is, the WCDP wants to help Democrats across all 83 counties get out every possible vote. Join us, not just to stop these toxic elements, but to help make a positive difference to 350,000 Washtenaw County residents, 10 million Michiganders, and 320 million Americans.

Chris Savage

Former WCDP Chair