WELCOME to the website of the Charlevoix County Democratic Party.  We’re here to help you stay informed, take action, contribute, participate in the political process, and make your voice heard.

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Local Politics

All politics are local. Local gerrymandering and extreme politics in primaries have produced the unthinkable — state and national elections that don’t represent the wishes of the majority.  Get involved — you CAN make a difference. And have fun at the same time.  Call or email and we’ll get back to you.  Or Click Here to let us know how you would like to help.

From MoveOn and the Jill Stein Campaign:

Jill Stein’s presidential campaign has raised enough money to initiate election recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This is a huge step in ensuring the integrity of our elections and making sure that every vote is counted.
But the work isn’t done. While election officials in each county will conduct the recounts, the campaign needs citizen volunteers to observe and monitor. You don’t need any special background for this. The campaign will provide all the information you need.  Exactly when the recounts will take place in each county isn’t known—it could be as early as next week or a little after—but if you think you may have time to help in the next week or two, sign up. A recount coordinator will then be in touch with  details.

Follow the link below to sign up as an observer in Charlevoix County.
Recount Michigan

Special Notes:

We  need to think seriously about how increase Democratic engagement and turnout in Charlevoix County. We need to determine  how we can most effectively respond to a Trump presidency. We need your help and ideas.  We will schedule general membership meeting early in 2017 to discuss and plan steps we can take at the local level to pick ourselves up and continue to fight for our Democratic values.

The Charlevoix Dems are a strong, resilient, and committed group!  I am confident that we will continue to grow as a party while finding new and creative ways to engage more Dems in Charlevoix County.

Upcoming Events:

From the Antrim Dems:

With the ramifications of the election looming, many of us are feeling the need to do something as a response.  We are now convening a larger group to establish priorities, determine effective responses, and organize for action.
Join us: Thursday, Dec. 15 from 7-8:30 pm in the lower level of the Fellowship Hall of Central Methodist Church on Cass St. in Traverse City
The focus will be on the issues raised for the first 100 days of the new presidency.  We are more effective in causing change if we are together. Please let me know if you are interested and can attend. 

This is not a church sanctioned group though some of us on the “Resist” steering committee go to Central.  The hall there provides space for over 100.  We will have an experienced moderator to lead us and a short presentation by a long time staff member of Bart Stupak’s to provide information on how to be most effective when contacting legislators.   Please let me know if you are able to come.
Lou Ann McKimmy

Holiday Gathering:

On December 19th at 4 p.m. at the Red Mesa in Boyne City, the Charlevoix Dems will hold a brief general membership meeting followed by dinner (dutch treat) and fellowship at 5 p.m. Please join us for the meeting, dinner or both.  Let’s take this opportunity re-group, re-connect, and re-commit as we start thinking about how to move forward in 2017 and beyond.
Seating is limited, so please RSVP no later than December 15 to:
What: General Membership Meeting/Dinner
Time: Meeting at 4 p.m., Dinner at 5
Date: December 19
Location: Red Mesa, Boyne City

From the Emmet Dems:


On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.  -Women’s March on Washington Facebook Page

There is a bus being offered from Petoskey to Washington DC for the Women’s March on Washington scheduled for January 21, 2017. At least 40 people need to sign up for the bus to run.  This is NOT a protest, but a rally/march to show support and solidarity for women’s issues.
The cost is $210 (price goes up Dec. 5).  Sign up for the bus at Petoskey Rally Bus  The bus leaves Petoskey at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20,  and arrives in DC at 10 a.m. the morning of Jan. 21.  It will leave DC after the march, at 6:30 p.m. and be back in Petoskey at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 22.

This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights is welcome.
PLEASE SHARE, we need to spread the word everywhere! And there are groups forming for EVERY STATE, so search for your local group as well!  If you have questions, please contact Anne Billiard at acbilliard@gmail.com, or at (231) 420-2836.

Past Events:

Charlevoix Democratic Party 2016 Fall Convention

On Monday, November 21st, we elected our Executive Committee:

Kris Busk – Chair
Richard Spring – Vice Chair
Carolyn Navarre – Treasurer
Janelle Kassien – Secretary

Other Members Elected and Appointed:
Catherine Hunter
Mary Hall
Bill Lovett
JoEllen Rudolph
Richard Seibert
Liane McGhee

We would like to thank all who participated and welcome both our returning and new members!  Time to start looking to the 2017-2018 election cycle, we look forward to working with everyone.

Stay in Touch:

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Click on the Calendar tab above to see our printable, downloadable, interactive calendar of meetings and events.

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