2018 WCDP Endorsement ListVoter Information
Candidates endorsed by the WCDP as of September 22, 2018
Ballot Proposals Endorsed
- Proposal 1 – Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol: To allow under state law the personal possession and use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older.
- Proposal 2 – Voters Not Politicians: Create an independent citizens redistricting commission
- Proposal 18-3 – Promote the Vote – Proposed constitutional amendment to regulate the timing of issuing absentee ballots, authorize no-reason absentee voting, require a straight party voting option on general election ballots, provide for automatic voter registration, require post-election audits, and other voting changes.
- Ypsilanti District Library Millage
Due to a mistake made at our September 6th Endorsement Meeting where over a quarter of the people who voted were not eligible to vote (details are HERE), we scheduled a new Endorsement Meeting on Monday, October 22nd at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center (4135 Washtenaw Ave in Ann Arbor.) Votes on four open positions on the Ann Arbor School Board (there are currently eight candidates) and other races were added.
At that meeting, the candidates at the top of the list received the endorsement of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party. Congratulations to all of our endorsed candidates!
October 6, 2018
STATEMENT BY THE CHAIR OF THE WASHTENAW COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY REGARDING THE ENDORSEMENT MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 6th, 2018
It has come to my attention that a major error was made at the September 6th Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) Endorsement Meeting. At that meeting, as the Chair, I allowed anyone who was a member of the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) by the day of the meeting to receive voting credentials. However, our bylaws require that people be a member of the Michigan Democratic Party at least 30 days before they are permitted to vote. Our bylaws do NOT require the 30-day requirement to request our endorsement and I mistakenly carried that over to the voting, too.
Here are the numbers from the meeting:
101 people received credentials to vote.
29 people received credentials who had not joined the MDP within the required 30-day window (excluding Precinct Delegates who are permitted to sign up inside that window.)
The votes for the Ann Arbor School Board broke down like this:
Bryan Johnson – 66
Lucas Cole – 55
Rebecca Lazarus – 46
Susan Baskett – 44
Patricia Manley – 39
Jessica Kelly – 35
Christine Stead – 34
Suzanne Perkins – 28
Because of this, the vote to endorse in this race is invalid as is the contested endorsement in Ward 1. It is with deep regret that I must inform you that the WCDP is rescinding our endorsement in the Ann Arbor School Board race due to the flawed vote. All other votes to endorse that day were unanimous (with the exception of the vote NOT to endorse in the Ann Arbor Ward 1 City Council race which was very close) and those endorsements stand.
The WCDP’s policy is that only endorsed candidates may have literature and yard signs in our offices. However, due to this error, we welcome all eight Ann Arbor School Board candidates as well as the candidate in the Ann Arbor City Council Ward 1 race to have their signs and literature in our offices.
Because there is no endorsement in these races, the Ann Arbor School Board candidates must remove reference to our previous endorsement and discontinue claiming our endorsement on their websites, social media platforms, or anywhere else. If they have already printed literature, they may continue to use it so that they do not incur any additional costs but no literature printed starting now may contain a statement indicating endorsement by the WCDP. Finally, these races will not be featured in the “endorsed candidates” section of our forthcoming Voters Guide since there is, officially, no endorsement.
I am truly sorry that this has occurred. I have endeavored to be as open and transparent and, most importantly, accurate in what I do as the Chair of the Party and I clearly dropped the ball in this instance. The mistake was mine and mine alone and it was not done intentionally or with malice. It was simply a mistake. It goes without saying that it will never happen again.
Once again, I offer these candidates my most sincere apology and wish them all the best in their campaigns.
Chris Savage, WCDP Chair