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.

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 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.

Local Marches

If you can’t make it to Washington for the Women’s March on Washington, here are two locations in Michigan holding events.
1. March on Lansing
Rally on the steps of the State Capitol – 1-3 pm.   https://www.marchonlansing.org/

 2. Traverse City
“We are Watching” If you are interested in rallying on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017,
in conjunction with the Women’s March in DC, and across the country, come join us. We will meet in Traverse City from noon until 4.  We’ll start at noon at the parking area by the Chamber of Commerce (Cass Street and Grandview Parkway, downtown TC). Bring posters and clothing appropriate for the outside weather. We will walk around the Parkway and Downtown and will then head over to the Workshop Brewery at 1:45 for a follow up meeting. This is an apolitical gathering, peaceful and respectful. The purpose is to let our elected officials know that we are watching their actions and words to make sure that they reflect a positive influence on our safety and welfare.  More on FB at https://www.facebook.com/events/656892554493484/

Clean Energy Forum

WATCH (Water, Air, Team Charlevoix) is hosting a Community Forum “Pathways to Clean Energy, from Standing Rock to Line 5 to Local Governments” on Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 at the Charlevoix Library.  The Public is invited.

Jonathan Mays, Pastor of Greensky Hill Church, will lead local residents and Water Protectors in a panel discussion of the Spiritual Journey of Standing Rock, Justice, and Protecting Water.

Kate Matigan, of Michigan Environmental Council, will share the success stories of local governments and cities working for 100% clean energy goals, cutting pollution, saving money and paving the way for a sustainable healthy energy future.  Ric Evans of Paradigm Energy Solutions will provide an update on current challenges, opportunities and solutions.  The goal of the forum is to give individuals a choice of activities to participate in clean, just, sustainable energy solutions.

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.

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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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