WCDP News: When we vote, we win

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We can’t leave the judges to chance!

The Constitution…is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary,

which they may twist and shape into any form they please.

—Alexander Hamilton

A recent MSNBC promo noted that judges often have a much greater impact on our everyday lives than presidents. Example: Clarence Thomas, who continues to exercise more power over our lives than George H.W. Bush, who appointed him 32 years ago, ever did.

The current Supreme Court seems determined to return the country to the 19th century with their terrible decisions: Overturning Roe v Wade, preventing states from regulating gun ownership, and prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting the environment. Ominously, the Court has agreed to hear Moore v. Harper, a case that could put state election results in the hands of “independent state legislatures,” which would “regulate” state elections with no oversight. They could throw out the actual voting results and name their own slate of electors. It would be, essentially, making the Big Lie into law.

Eight out of ten voters can’t identify any judicial candidates or they make their decisions based on incumbency, party affiliation, or things like nationality or gender, rather than the candidates’ stands on issues. And about one-fourth of people who vote don’t vote for judges at all. 

County judges make decisions critical to maintaining community standards, and the local judges we elect can also climb the ladder into higher courts that make decisions about bigger issues.

So before you fill out your ballot, research the judges. It’s worth the time to see how they stand on important issues. The WCDP also hosts Webinars with judicial candidates. If you miss one, you can watch videos of them here. [https://www.washtenawdems.org/news/ ].

Voting for judges matters, maybe even more than voting for other candidates. Don’t overlook these races.  Research your ballot. Visit candidate websites. Check into WCDP judicial forums with potential judges and vote wisely!

Gretchen Whitmer Raises Over $9.5 Million for Re-Election Campaign

Governor Whitmer’s re-election campaign in the pre-primary fundraising period of 2022 has raised $9.5 million for a total of more than $29.5 million. The campaign has broken fundraising records and enters the general election with more than $14.7 million cash on hand.

Grassroots momentum behind the campaign continues to build. Nearly 94% percent of donations were under $200 and contributions were from more than 43,000 Michiganders in all 83 counties.

Primary Voting Dates and How-To’s

Winning big in November starts with choosing great Dems in the August 2 primary.  We know you’re a voter, so please pass this long to friend or fam so they can be a voter too.

Now through August 1 If you’re registered to vote where you live, you can vote early in person at your city or township clerk’s office until 4 p.m. on August 1.  After that, you must vote at your polling location on Election Day.If you’ve already mailed in or dropped off your absentee ballot, check online at the Michgian Voter Information Center to make sure it arrived at your clerk’s office!

August 2: Election Day The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. local time; if you need to register, you can register (with proof of residency) and then vote at your city or township clerk’s office until 8 p.m.

 Get More Voter Info from the WCDP 
Check your ballot at the MI Voter Information Center

School Board Forum and WCDP August Meeting

The WCDP and Ann Arbor Democratic Party will host a Zoom candidate forum for the Ypsilanti  and Ann Arbor school boards on Saturday, August 6, from 9:30 am to noon.

School board members have a say in virtually every aspect of a school district. From the statehouse to the school board, every race on the ballot matters.

Since the filing deadline is July 26, we don’t yet know the candidates – details to come.

Have a question for the candidates? Ask at the forum or send to Eli at enathans48103@gmail.com.  Just tell us which board it’s for!

Garden Party a Success!

About 75 people attended the annual Garden Party fundraiser last Sunday hosted by Anne and Chris Savage. Special guests included Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Board of Education candidate Mitchell Robinson, District 1 County Commissioner Jason Maciejewski, Board of Commissioners Chair Sue Shink, and House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski.

Candidate bartenders included James Johnson, State Rep 47th district, and Crystal Lyte, Washtenaw Co Commission District 2. Money raised will be used for the Voter Guide, office rent & utilities, and expenses for the Precinct Organizing Committee’s work for the upcoming election.

WCDP Chair Chris Savage said, “The Annual Garden Party Fundraiser continues to be one of the most popular fundraising events in Washtenaw County. Great food and conversation in a beautiful outdoor space makes it seem like it’s not a fundraiser but just a fun party with all of your Democratic friends!”

2022 WCDP Voter Guide 

In 2020 the WCDP printed nearly 100,000 Voter Guides, which were walked to doors, mailed to voters, and shared at events.

Print is only half the story though, and making our online voter guide easier to use on the web and on your phone is a key goal in 2022! 

Your support will decide how many guides we can print in 2022. Support this key voter resource to help #FlipLansingBlue!

 Donate to fund the WCDP Voter Guide

The WCDP will hold an Endorsement Meeting on Monday, August 15th at 6:00 p.m. This is when we choose the candidates to endorse for the November 2022 General Election.

Pre-registration is required (see below) and will close at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

In order to participate, you must have been a member of the Michigan Democratic Party for at least 30 days (by no later than July 16th). This 30-day requirement is waived for Precinct Delegates and Democratic elected officials but they must become a member no later than 5:30 p.m. on August 15th and send proof of their membership by forwarding their email receipt to info@washtenawdems.org.

When you pre-register, we will check your eligibility before sending the meeting link. Help us all and pre-register early (not on the last day!) to avoid delaying things on August 15th.

Candidates seeking our endorsement should email info@washtenawdems.org no later than Friday, August 12th. You must be a member of the MDP. Candidates will be given two minutes to address the members before each vote (via Zoom poll). More on our endorsement requirements can be found in Article 9 of our bylaws.

Mark your calendars and register in advance at:

Candidate volunteer requests! 

Election Day is coming right up! A number of primary candidates have reached out to ask for volunteers. Can you go out or otherwise help? There are a number of House Districts that include or neighbor us in Washtenaw County.

Campaigns that need you include:

Sue Shink, MI Senate District 14. People needed to  canvass, phone bank, and texting efforts.  Please sign up for Election Day by emailing Dominic at dominic@votesueshink.com or visit votesueshink.com.

Kelsey Heck Wood, MI Senate District 14, contact team@kelseyheckwood.com

Jennifer Conlin, MI House District 48, contact dylan@conlinforstaterep.com

To volunteer for other races, House Districts, County Commissioners or Judges, consult our list of all the candidates!  

Video up from Candidate Forum

Missed the forum for County Commission District 2 and District Court 14A last week? Here you go!

WCDP Executive Board Statement On Candidate Participation In Public Forums

The WCDP Programs Committee has been working diligently to schedule candidate forums for important primary races in Washtenaw County. Unfortunately, there have been several candidates who either refused to participate, did not show up, or who have not responded to our invitations.

In the District 5 race for the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, neither Ronnie Peterson or Latitia Sharp showed up for the forum on July 14th, even though accommodation was made for their schedules. Only incumbent Commissioner Justin Hodge participated.

In District 2 of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, we have repeatedly attempted to work with candidate Stephen Ranzini to no avail. In contrast, his opponent, Crystal Lyte, has worked with us  to set a date for the forum.

In addition, there are numerous questions about Mr. Ranzini’s candidacy, particularly $18,000 in donations to multiple Republicans including Donald Trump. More about that issue can be found in an article at MLive. His involvement with organizations that actively oppose marriage equality, LGBTQ rights, and access to abortion are highly concerning issues given that Mr. Ranzini is running as a Democrat. 

For voters to be informed, participation in these types of public forums is essential. The WCDP Executive Board wishes to express their profound disappointment at these candidates who appear to be avoiding public questioning.

The bylaws of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party preclude the endorsement of candidates in contested partisan primaries. Nothing in this statement should be construed to be an endorsement by the WCDP of any candidate.

Merch at the A2 Farmer’s Market

Whitmer Gilchrist Nessel Benson: $15
Black Lives Matter: $5
Whitmer Gilchrist on white: $10

Check or cash preferred. You can also pick up signs at the WCDP Ypsilanti office on Wednesdays, 5 to 7Saturdays, 11 to 3; and Sundays, 1 to 3.  Call ahead to check stock: 734-879-0556.

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