WCDP News: Special Election Edition

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Special Election Edition 

What does Washtenaw’s primary reveal?

The primaries offer a glimpse into what our fellow citizens are thinking and feeling about our county, state, and nation. During yesterday’s primary here in Washtenaw County, a total of 87,525 ballots were cast – 27.75% of registered voters.
WashCo might be solidly “blue,” but our voting record needs work.

  • 2020 General Election – of 318,685 registered voters, 68% voted
  • 2020 Primary Election – 36.64% voted
  • 2018 Primary Election – 34.95% voted
  • 2018 General Election – of 289,563 registered voters, 62.9% voted
  • We left 96,000 Dem votes on the table in 2016.

A special message WCDP Chair Chris Savage:

There are spicy primary races every cycle but, in 2022, things were a bit spicier than usual due to redistricting. But that’s a GOOD thing!

Now that the dust has settled and the voters have spoken, it’s time for us to join hands and double down on getting our voters to the polls in November. We know that we can do this because we share a unifying vision of what it means to be a Democrat and what we stand for as Democrats. In that spirit, we will be having a Unity Picnic at Island Park the evening of Tuesday, August 16th. Watch this space for details.

And now, take the next step: See the article on volunteering below to learn how you can help Get Out The Vote!

Local Democratic Party Results

  • Governor Whitmer received over 61,000 votes. The winner of the republican primary, Tudor Dixon, racked up 10, 691 votes.
  • 6th Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Ann Arbor, ran unopposed and garnered over 60,000 votes.
  • Ann Arbor Mayor: Christopher Taylor
  • Ypsilanti Major: Nicole Brown
  • 14A District Court Judge: Fawn Armstrong & Karl Barr
  • Michigan Senate 14thSue Shink
  • Michigan Senate 15th: Jeff Irwin
  • Michigan House 23rdJason Morgan.
  • Michigan House 31stReggie Miller
  • Michigan House 32ndJimmie Wilson Jr.
  • Michigan House 33rdFelicia Brabec
  • Michigan House 46thMaurice Imhoff
  • Michigan House 47thCarrie Rheingans
  • Michigan House 48thJennifer Conlin
  • Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti transit tax proposal: 2.38-mill ballot proposal passed with 60% of the vote

Contested Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Results

  • District 2: Crystal Lyte
  • District 5: Justin Hodge
  • District 6: Annie Somerville

Source: https://electionresults.ewashtenaw.org/electionreporting/aug2022/index.jsp


Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, and Saline School Board Candidates Forum

Monday, August 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Washtenaw County Democrats and Ann Arbor Democratic Party will host a forum for candidates for the Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, and Saline school boards on Monday, August 8, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm via Zoom.

School board members have a say in virtually every aspect of school district functioning. They choose superintendents. They set budgets. They decide whether new schools need to be built and old schools updated. They make or influence policy on everything from book banning to student privacy to school closures for health reasons.

We have extended invitations to all candidates. We have received confirmations of attendance from:

Lincoln: Matthew Bentley, Jason Moore
Moderator: Susan Baskett, Vice Chair, Ann Arbor Dems Programs Committee; Trustee, Ann Arbor School Board

Saline: Lauren Gold, Michael McVey
Chelsea: Glenn Fox, Kate Henson
Dexter: Daniel Alabre
Moderator: Jennifer Fairfield, Chair, Western Washtenaw Democratic Club

Attendees will be able to ask questions of the candidates. Questions may also be sent in advance to Eli Nathans, at enathans48103@gmail.com. Please state which panel your question is for.

Join on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82781688722


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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIuf-Gurz8vGNDyruwiUD5oG6jEfW4KGx6V


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

Get More Voter Info from the WCDP 


Volunteering, November, and GOTV

It’s on now!  just 96 days to go before the election.  Up and down the ballot we need to fight for every seat in every race.  Find a candidate to support and do what you can to Get Out The Vote!

US Congress
6th, Debbie Dingell: https://debbiedingellforcongress.com/

State Senate
14th, Sue Shink: https://www.votesueshink.com/
15th, Jeff Irwin: https://irwinforsenate.com/

State House
23rd, Jason Morgan: https://www.votejasonmorgan.com/
31st, Reggie Miller: https://www.votereggiemiller.com/
32nd, Jimmie Wilson Jr. https://www.jimmiewilsonjr.com/
33rd, Felicia Brabec: https://www.feliciabrabec.com/
46th, Maurice Imhoff: https://www.mauriceimhoff.org/
47th, Carrie Rheingans: https://www.carrierheingans.com/
48th, Jennifer Conlin: https://www.conlinforstaterep.com/

County Commissioner
1st, Jason Maciejewski: https://www.facebook.com/votemaciejewski/
2nd, Crystal Lyte: https://www.electcrystallyte.com/
3rd, Shannon Beeman: http://votebeeman.com/
4th, Caroline Sanders: https://www.sanders4commissioner22.com/
5th, Justin Hodge: https://www.votejustinhodge.com/
6th, Annie Somerville: https://www.voteanniesomerville.com/
7th, Andy LaBarre: https://www.andylabarre.com/
8th, Yousef Rabhi: https://www.voterabhi.com/
9th, Katie Scott: https://www.votekatiescott.com/


12th District Democrats Convention

Michigan's 12 Congressional District Dems Logo

The 12th District Democrats Convention will convene via Zoom on Saturday August 6th at 12:30 pm. Registration will be open until 9:00 am the morning of the convention. Please register for this meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcOCprjgqHdYisjXg7N8EAuAm1EpKjI6-

The purpose of this convention shall be to elect the following positions for our State Convention in August as well as consider resolutions brought before the body to be sent to the State Party for consideration. 

  • Credentialing Committee: 1 Female Wayne County Member, 1 Male Washtenaw County Member and 1 Male and 1 Female Alternate Members for Washtenaw County
  • Resolutions Committee: 1 Female Wayne County Member, 1 Alternate Male Wayne County Member, and 1 Male Washtenaw County Member, 1 Alternate Female Washtenaw County Member
  • Rules Committee: 1 Male Wayne County Member, 1 Alternate Male Wayne County Member, 1 Alternate Female Wayne County Member and 1 Female Washtenaw County Member. 

Merch at the A2 Farmer’s Market

WCPD volunteers at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market with a table full of merch and info

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.


Bridge Michigan supports democracy with their MI ballot proposal tracker, explaining goals, funders, & more.

ActionHub connects you to local groups who share our Democratic values. Take action today!


The Final Word

Our right to vote is a freedom that was earned through the blood, sweat and tears of our brothers and sisters. We honor courageous Freedom Fighters who came before us by casting our vote. Don’t forfeit your right!

Photo Credit: Democracy Now

Watch: Freedom Summer: How Civil Rights Activists Braved Violence to Challenge Racism in 1964 Mississippi




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