Recently, voters in Ypsilanti Township received a mailing from the Township Treasurer Larry Doe that contained a resolution passed by the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) Executive Board titled “Resolution Condemning the Actions of Ypsilanti Township Clerk Karen Lovejoy Roe and Trustee Heather Jarrell Roe in the 2020 Democratic Primary”. He also included the press release we sent out following the passage of this resolution. There was no cover letter to indicate why he sent the two documents but he did include his name on the outside of the envelope and a “Paid for” statement on the press release.
These documents are public and the resolution is on our website. However, Mr. Doe’s mailing has given some people the impression that the WCDP sent it out. This is not the case and he did not consult with us before sending it. Mr. Doe and Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo recently filed a lawsuit to prevent Township Clerk Karen Lovejoy Roe from running the August primary and used our Resolution in their court filings. Mr. Doe and Ms. Stumbo have both endorsed opponents of Ms. Lovejoy Roe who is running for an open Washtenaw County Commission seat as well as current Township Trustee Heather Jarrell Roe who is running for the Township Clerk seat being vacated by her mother-in-law Karen Lovejoy Roe. It would appear that Mr. Doe’s mailing is an effort to help their endorsed candidates.
The WCDP Executive Board members wish to make it very clear that we did not use County Party resources to mail out these documents and that they were sent out without our knowledge and without consultation with us beforehand.
Additionally, this resolution was introduced by an Executive Board member and was passed by the Executive Board at their May meeting. It was NOT, as some have suggested, done at the behest of any candidate or voted on at a WCDP General Membership meeting.