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Endorsement Meeting Notice

On Tuesday, August 11, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party will hold its Endorsement Meeting to choose the candidates we will endorse in the 2020 general election. The meeting will be held via Zoom.

Endorsements are covered by Article 9 of our bylaws and are open to candidates in partisan races who win their primary as well as candidates running as Democrats in non-partisan races. Candidates must be a member of the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) and must request our endorsement in writing or by email to any member of the Executive Board.

In order to vote in this Endorsement Meeting, you must be a member of the MDP at least 30 days before August 11 (July 12) unless you are a Precinct Delegate in which case the 30-day requirement is waived — though you must be a member on the day of the Endorsement Meeting.

To check your status, email membership@washtenawdems.org. You can join the MDP (or renew your membership) online at michigandems.com/join.

More details on the Endorsement Meeting will be coming as the date nears.

The next Community Forum and General Membership Meeting will be held Saturday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be two featured candidate panels: One for the U.S. House of Representatives (12th Congressional District) and one for Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (5th District.) For details on additional programming and how to attend, vist the WCDP calendar.

Climate Crisis Recommendations for the DNC
The DNC Council on the Environment & Climate Crisis, chaired by Washtenaw County’s very own Michelle Deatrick, has recently released its recommendations for the 2020 Democratic Party Platform. The DNC Platform Drafting Committee’s drafting process is already underway, so if you want to read the council’s recommendations and show your support, do so here.

Some Vital Voting Resources
If you want to track your Absentee Voter status — if the application has been received, if the ballot has been received, etc. — an easy way to do it is at BallotPower.org. Just enter your name and address and you can follow its progress — or a friend’s! You can even sign up for tracking notifications, just like you do for your favorite delivery service.

And for a one-stop-shop for voting information, go to Vote411.org to:

  • See What’s On Your Ballot
  • Check Your Voter Registration
  • Find Your Polling Place
  • Discover Upcoming Debates In Your Area
  • And Much More! (including info on declared write-in candidates)

Fun Facts: Local Candidates Edition
Did you know that county-wide candidate for sheriff Ken Magee is currently serving as an elected Republican precinct delegate to convention? So is Lyndon Township candidate for trustee Dawn Donnelly, and Ann Arbor Township trustee candidate Bill Boring. All three ran and were elected as Republicans in 2018 and are currently serving as Republicans while running as Democratic candidates.

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