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In a break with tradition, the June monthly meeting of the Saginaw County Democratic Party  began with guest comments from seven out-of-town candidates for State University Regent positions and a Michigan Supreme Court seat to be decided at the 2018 State Nominating Convention of the Michigan Democratic Party on August 25 and 26 at MSU’s Breslin Center.   

Leading off was attorney, former White House and DHS employee, Jordan Acker vying for a University of Michigan seat.  As a UM alumnus, he hopes to make UM a debt-free experience by using its $9 billion endowment and invest in UM’s world-class healthcare system.  Find out  more at www.mgoacker.com

Four candidates out of the eleven Dems running for the two hotly-contested MSU seats addressed the group.  Educator and administrator of Lansing’s Hope/Promise Scholarship Teri Lyn Bernero wants to ensure MSU is affordable for all students, cut Regent term lengths, end the university’s self-policing, and create an independent Inspector General to enforce laws and policies.  Check out www.TeriLyn4MSU.com

Muskegon attorney Brianna Scott hopes to bring transparency and accountability to the Board, ensure tuition affordability for all students, develop methods to foster diversity and inclusion, and involve students and faculty in Board decisions. Read more at www.Brianna4MSU.com

Professional fundraiser, previously for Sander Levin and currently for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, alumna Kelly Tebay will attack the cultural issues that have not put students first.  She wants an inquisitive Board that is honest and remembers its first responsibility is to its students. Visit www.KellyTebayforMSU.com

Civic and business leader Matt Clayson, a longtime Democratic Party volunteer and fundraiser, has very detailed plans and goals for assault survivors, campus safety, college affordability, and university accountability that can be viewed at www.votemattclayson.com/  He is an active board member of groups to create better jobs, provide equal opportunities, and protect the social rights of underrepresented communities.
Sue Carter, running for the Wayne State Board, also spoke.

By far the most entertaining speaker was Sam Bagenstos, Supreme Court candidate, endorsed by the party in April, who concentrated his efforts on name recognition.  He emphasized the importance of restoring some balance to the court by electing two Democrats (Megan Cavanagh is the other) to replace the two Snyder appointees currently serving

Following their time-restricted comments, Chair Paul Purcell recognized Eric Welsby who spoke in support of the Castle Museum millage on the August 7 ballot.  He informed us that the millage also supports museums in four other Saginaw County communities.

The Chair also reminded attendees that only Party members are allowed to vote at the county and state conventions and then made several announcements. There will be an Action Saturday on June 16 at the headquarters. Finally the fall banquet has been set for September 28.

Judi Lincoln said there was no current need for a candidate committee meeting but there was still a need for volunteers for the poker tournaments August 11-14 and 25-28.
Kitty Packard mentioned that former Saginawian Garnet Lewis is running for the 26th District State Senate seat. Kitty and Cheryl Hadsall are hosting a fundraiser for her Sunday, July 8, 3-7 pm at Cheryl’s home in Birch Run.
Joe Loperena announced a July 24 fundraiser for his bid to join the Saginaw Board of Education.  Joe has previously run for a Board seat.

Ruth Ann Knapp said there would be a farewell banquet to honor the recently fired Saginaw Public Schools Superintendent Nathaniel McClain.

32nd District candidate Henry Gaudreau revealed a fundraiser set for Friday, July 13 at McFarland’s in Chesaning.

State Representative Vanessa Guerra commented on the recent Republican repeal of the prevailing wage law and on the State budget.

With strong union backing, Ruth Averill announced her candidacy for the 1st District County Commission seat to oppose the anti-union Kathy Dwan.

Will Joseph, campaign manager for 4th Congressional District candidate Jerry Hilliard, reminded us of the fight to take back the House from the GOP.  See what Jerry’s been up to and read about his ever-growing list of endorsements on his campaign Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/jerry4our4th/

6th District County Commission candidate Trent Vondrasek announced a June 27 fundraiser at the Riverfront Grill in Chesaning.

Angie Miller commented on the effect of the loss of prevailing wage in Saginaw County.

Saginaw City Council member Brenda Moore promoted the Great Lakes Bay Pride LGBT and Ally Awards to be awarded June 26 at the Andersen Enrichment Center.

 

In a break with tradition, the June monthly meeting of the Saginaw County Democratic Party  began with guest comments from seven out-of-town candidates for State University Regent positions and a Michigan Supreme Court seat to be decided at the 2018 State Nominating Convention of the Michigan Democratic Party on August 25 and 26 at MSU’s Breslin Center.   

Leading off was attorney, former White House and DHS employee, Jordan Acker vying for a University of Michigan seat.  As a UM alumnus, he hopes to make UM a debt-free experience by using its $9 billion endowment and invest in UM’s world-class healthcare system.  Find out  more at www.mgoacker.com

Four candidates out of the eleven Dems running for the two hotly-contested MSU seats addressed the group.  Educator and administrator of Lansing’s Hope/Promise Scholarship Teri Lyn Bernero wants to ensure MSU is affordable for all students, cut Regent term lengths, end the university’s self-policing, and create an independent Inspector General to enforce laws and policies.  Check out www.TeriLyn4MSU.com

Muskegon attorney Brianna Scott hopes to bring transparency and accountability to the Board, ensure tuition affordability for all students, develop methods to foster diversity and inclusion, and involve students and faculty in Board decisions. Read more at www.Brianna4MSU.com

Professional fundraiser, previously for Sander Levin and currently for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, alumna Kelly Tebay will attack the cultural issues that have not put students first.  She wants an inquisitive Board that is honest and remembers its first responsibility is to its students. Visit www.KellyTebayforMSU.com

Civic and business leader Matt Clayson, a longtime Democratic Party volunteer and fundraiser, has very detailed plans and goals for assault survivors, campus safety, college affordability, and university accountability that can be viewed at www.votemattclayson.com/  He is an active board member of groups to create better jobs, provide equal opportunities, and protect the social rights of underrepresented communities.
Sue Carter, running for the Wayne State Board, also spoke.

By far the most entertaining speaker was Sam Bagenstos, Supreme Court candidate, endorsed by the party in April, who concentrated his efforts on name recognition.  He emphasized the importance of restoring some balance to the court by electing two Democrats (Megan Cavanagh is the other) to replace the two Snyder appointees currently serving

Following their time-restricted comments, Chair Paul Purcell recognized Eric Welsby who spoke in support of the Castle Museum millage on the August 7 ballot.  He informed us that the millage also supports museums in four other Saginaw County communities.
The Chair also reminded attendees that only Party members are allowed to vote at the county and state conventions and then made several announcements. There will be an Action Saturday on June 16 at the headquarters. The Party will be hosting an open house prior to the fireworks on July 4 with hot dogs again this year. Finally the fall banquet has been set for September 28.
Judi Lincoln said there was no current need for a candidate committee meeting but there was still a need for volunteers for the poker tournaments August 11-14 and 25-28.
Kitty Packard mentioned that former Saginawian Garnet Lewis is running for the 26th District State Senate seat. Kitty and Cheryl Hadsall are hosting a fundraiser for her Sunday, July 8, 3-7 pm at Cheryl’s home in Birch Run.
Joe Loperena announced a July 24 fundraiser for his bid to join the Saginaw Board of Education.  Joe has previously run for a Board seat.

Ruth Ann Knapp said there would be a farewell banquet to honor the recently fired Saginaw Public Schools Superintendent Nathaniel McClain.

32nd District candidate Henry Gaudreau revealed a fundraiser set for Friday, July 13 at McFarland’s in Chesaning.

State Representative Vanessa Guerra commented on the recent Republican repeal of the prevailing wage law and on the State budget.

With strong union backing, Ruth Averill announced her candidacy for the 1st District County Commission seat to oppose the anti-union Kathy Dwan.

Will Joseph, campaign manager for 4th Congressional District candidate Jerry Hilliard, reminded us of the fight to take back the House from the GOP.  See what Jerry’s been up to and read about his ever-growing list of endorsements on his campaign Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/jerry4our4th/

6th District County Commission candidate Trent Vondrasek announced a June 27 fundraiser at the Riverfront Grill in Chesaning.

Angie Miller commented on the effect of the loss of prevailing wage in Saginaw County.

Saginaw City Council member Brenda Moore promoted the Great Lakes Bay Pride LGBT and Ally Awards to be awarded June 26 at the Andersen Enrichment Center.