Who We Are

OUR CORE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES

Voters often want to know, what do Democrats believe and why do we exist? Our core principles may not fit on a bumper sticker but they are the heart and soul of what we want to achieve and the policies we support. We think you will find that you agree with many – even all – of them.

Mission Statement

The Livingston Party Democratic Party exists to forward its core principles through activity in the civic and electoral areas, where possible electing Democrats to public office.

Core Principles

The Party’s core principles reflect our values as Americans, Michiganders, and residents of Livingston County. We believe that:

1. People who work deserve good, safe jobs with benefits and enough weekly hours to allow them to provide security and opportunity to themselves and their families. We favor a significantly higher minimum wage and workers’ right to form or join unions.
2. Government has an affirmative role to play in providing essential high-quality public amenities, including police, fire, education, roads, public transit, and where needed food, shelter, and counseling services. Having effective, well-funded preschool and K-12 education and affordable internet access are critical to restoring our young people’s economic mobility.
3. These services are worth paying income, sales, and property taxes to maintain and continuously improve. Whenever feasible, these taxes should be progressive, reflecting high income taxpayers’ greater ability to pay.
4. Government spending should focus on providing security and opportunity rather than on punishing victimless crime, as in the wasteful and ineffective “war on drugs.” There are more humane and cost-effective ways to address drug use and other petty offenses than to expand our jails and lock up so many of our people.
5. Government should be accessible and elections fair. We support making it easier, not harder to vote, and we oppose gerrymandering to create "safe" electoral districts.
6. Government should be transparent and accountable. Having a minimum of secrecy and engaging in spirited debate around critical issues are critical to building and maintaining the reputation of public service, which has suffered under the County’s in-grown, old-boys-club Republican rule.
7. We believe that public policy must respect everyone in the community, so we support the civil rights of women, minorities, and LGBT individuals.
8. Our air and water belong to all of us, and should not be put at risk for such private purposes as fracking, particularly in the absence of meaningful, fully enforced regulation.

These eight principles drive what we do – both the positions taken by our candidates on local, state, and national issues and the ways we are engaged in the community. Therefore, among the many things we do in the County:
• We picket for higher pay at Wal-Mart.
• We demand that Lansing politicians do their jobs and address the sorry state of our roads.
• We seek to improve our schools and other vital public services, where necessary supporting millages and other taxes to provide the revenue they depend on.
• We walk for warmth and support local food banks.
• We opposed expanding the County jail, and we oppose filling it with people charged with minor, often victimless crimes.
• Even when we do not hold office, we monitor township, city, and county government meetings, always seeking more openness and public engagement.
• We monitor polling places throughout the county to ensure that people entitled to vote are not prevented from doing so.
• We oppose discrimination in hiring and promotion.
• We support moratoriums on fracking.

If you agree with many of our principles, join us! We meet the 4th
Thursday of every month. Our meetings are open to all Democrats in the
county. Watch our website for topics and locations. "Like" Livingston
County Democrats on Facebook. Sign up for our weekly email blasts by
sending your email to livcodems@gmail.com.

County Chair: Judy Daubenmier
Vice Chair: Doug Callaghan
Vice Chair for Communications: Evelyn Gallegos
Vice Chair for Strategy: Dan Luria
Vice Chair for Union Relations: John Wallbank
Vice Chair for Membership: Cathy Lamerton
Treasurer: Jeanette DiFlorio
Secretary: Cindy Kalogeropoulos

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Committee, 8028 Grand River Ave., Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

NEXT MEETING

2/22/18 - MSU Tru...

MSU Trustee Candidate to Speak at Dems’ Meeting

With sexual abuse scandals rocking Michigan State University, a Democratic candidate for a seat on the university’s governing board will speak in Livingston County next week.

Dennis Denno, of East Lansing, will be a guest speaker at the Livingston County Democratic Party’s executive committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.

The university has been in near turmoil since the resignation of President Lou Anna Simon due to the fallout from the scandal surrounding former MSU employee Dr. Larry Nassar. In his recent trials in Ingham and Eaton counties, more than 150 women testified that he sexually abused them under the guise of providing medical care. At the same time, questions have been raised about how MSU football Coach Mark Dantonio and MSU basketball Coach Tom Izzo have handled allegations of assault involving their programs.

In each general election, Michigan voters statewide elect members of the MSU board of trustees. The board’s make-up currently is tied, with 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans. This fall, two seats currently held by Republicans will be on the ballot, and Denno is running for the Democratic nomination for one of them. Candidates are nominated at the political parties’ nominating conventions, which will be next August for Democrats.

Denno is owner of the political consulting firm Denno Research, LLC. He has worked as a legislative aide to Democratic lawmakers, served as the communications director for the Michigan Democratic Party, and in 2007 helped create a new union at MSU, the Union of Non-Tenure Track Employees. He is active with the Arab-American Democrats and has been endorsed by the Michigan Democratic Party Arab-American Caucus, the Michigan Democratic Party Faith-Based Caucus, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and Michigan State University (MSU) Trustee Brian Mosallam, among others.

Also speaking will be Phil Volk, representing the Friends Committee on National Legislation. He will speak on building momentum for avoiding war with North Korea.

The meeting will be RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Attendees should park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium.

The party’s regular business meeting will follow.

For more information, please call 810-229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

MEET 2018 CANDIDATES

Two Statewide Can...

A pair of candidates for statewide office will be guest speakers at the next meeting of Livingston County Democrats.

Jocelyn Benson, candidate for Democratic nomination for secretary of state, and Jordan Acker, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the University of Michigan board of regents, will speak at the party’s Jan. 25 meeting.

Jocelyn Benson has been a national leader in election law and administration for more than a decade. She wrote the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws, called, Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process.

She served as dean of Wayne State University’s law school, where she froze tuition, expanded access to scholarship funds and set up programs to provide free legal services for veterans.

She is currently CEO and Executive Director of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit.

Jordan is a University of Michigan graduate and an attorney. He has worked as a staffer for the House Judiciary Committee where he worked on issues such as civil rights and the illegal torture practices of the Bush administration. He worked on a team that helped expose and end those practices.

He also worked in the Obama White House on issues including modernizing immigration policy and supporting law enforcement after the Boston marathon bombing. And he was an advisor to the secretary of Homeland Security.

He returned to Oakland County in 2013 where he practices law with his father.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium. The business locks the door promptly at 7 p.m.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

CANDIDATES FOR HIGH OFFICE

Gubernatorial, At...

A pair of candidates for top statewide office will speak to Livingston County Democrats later this month.

Ann Arbor entrepreneur Shri Thanedar, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, and Dana Nessel, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, both will speak at the party’s Nov. 30 meeting.

Thanedar is a political newcomer who emigrated from India in 1979 and went on to found several companies in an up-and-down business career that survived the Great Recession. Thanedar, who has a doctorate in chemistry, bought a small lab in Missouri that he expanded to 450 employees before the Great Recession sent it into receivership. He moved to Michigan in 2010 and started a chemical-testing company called Avomeen Analytical Services. In 2017, he sold his majority stake in the company and rewarded roughly 50 employees with $1.5 million in bonuses.

While establishing his businesses, he lost his first wife in 1996 and raised his two sons as a single parent. He also is a best-selling author, having written his memoirs, The Blue Suitcase, both in Marathi and in English. He has been a U.S. citizen since 1988.

His honors include having his company named to Inc. magazine’s list of 5000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. and being named Entrepreneur of the Year.

Nessel is an attorney who spearheaded the precedent-setting case, DeBoer v. Snyder, which challenged the bans on adoption and marriage for same-sex couples in Michigan. The DeBoer case was later consolidated with other cases and resulted in a landmark ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

A former assistant prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Nessel handled child sexual and physical abuse cases, shootings of civilians by police officers, and auto theft.

In 2005, she began her own law practice in criminal defense, civil rights actions against police departments and government agencies, and protecting victims of domestic violence. She also has taken on cases for the LGBTQ community including ones dealing with child custody, adoption, and wrongful prosecutions and employment terminations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Nessel has received numerous awards for her civil rights initiatives, including the “Champion of Justice” award from the Michigan State Bar Association, “Woman of the Year” from Michigan Lawyers Weekly and the “Treasure of Detroit” award from Wayne State University Law School.
The Nov. 30 meeting will be at 7 p.m. at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Attendees should park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium. The business locks the door promptly at 7 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 810-229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

AL GORE'S MOVIE

Come See Al Gore ...

Remember Al Gore’s great film on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth?

The former vice president has a sequel and you have a chance to see it in Livingston County this month.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton. A live-stream question and answer period with Al Gore will precede the showing.

This important sequel shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Cameras follow the former vice president as he continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.
The film includes many behind the scenes moments with him -- both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that, while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

The showing will be at the CUUB facility, 3333 S. Old US23, in Brighton Township.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with the live-stream at 6:45 p.m. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the film.

The partnership presented the film include CUUB, Livingston County Democrats, Sierra Club—Crossroads Group, Livingston Land Conservancy, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Party, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

RUNNING FOR OFFICE 101

Think about runn...

The 2018 election is still more than a year off, but it's not too early to start thinking about running for office.

So much is on the line in the next election -- the future of our planet, public education, union rights, health care, and more. No one can afford to sit this one out.

That's why if you've ever even dreamed about running for office, this is the time to jump in.

Take the first step by attending "Running for Office 101," featuring state Rep. Kristy Pagan, D-Canton, talking about the ins-and-outs of getting started. Mike McCollum, a member of the House Democratic Caucus staff, also will speak and provide the House Dems' perspective.

This session will help you decide whether to run, determine which office is best for you, and explain the process of getting on the ballot.

The event, which is free, t will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at party headquarters, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, west of Brighton.

For more information, call (810) 229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.
(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

CANDIDATES FOR HIGH OFFICE

Candidates for Go...

A pair of candidates for high office in Michigan will speak at the next meeting of Livingston County Democrats.

Abdul El-Sayed, candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, and Elissa Slotkin, candidate for the Democratic nomination for 8th District Congress, will speak at the meeting on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

El Sayed, of Detroit is a epidemiologist who is the former health commissioner for the City of Detroit.

He was born in Michigan and grew up in Detroit. He has a medical degree from Columbia University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate in public health. He was an assistant professor in Columbia University’s Department of Epidemiology when Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appointed him health commissioner.

Slotkin, of Holly, is a former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense. She went to work in the Central Intelligence Agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and served three tours in Iraq. She worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents at the White House National Security Council. She now runs a small consulting business.

She is married and has two step-daughters.

The primary for both the Democratic nomination for governor and for 8th District Congress will be Aug. 7, 2018.

The meeting will be at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium. The business locks its doors at 7 p.m.

The party’s business meeting will follow.

For more information, call 810-229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

STATE BUDGET

Talks on State Bu...

Michigan lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on next year’s budget and Livingston County Democrats will have a chance this week to hear what it means for working families.

Local members also will hear from the leaders of two petition drives aiming to put proposals on the 2018 ballot to shut down a controversial oil pipeline underneath the Straits of Mackinac and to legalize marijuana.

Speaking on the state budget will be Democratic State Rep. Donna Lasinski of Scio Township in Washtenaw County will speak. Lasinki, who was elected to her first term in the Michigan House, is a member of the leadership team of House Democrats, serving as the caucus’ Strategic Communications Chair. Lasinksi is in her first term representing Michigan’s 52nd House District. She is a former member of the Ann Arbor School Board.

Jeff Hank of East Lansing will speak on the petition drive for the proposal to close down Line 5, as well as the marijuana legalization proposal.

The meeting will be Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Attendees are advised to park in the back of the building, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium.

The party’s regular executive committee meeting will follow the speakers.

All Democrats in the county are invited to attend. For more information, call 810-229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

CANDIDATE FOR DEM GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION

Candidate for Dem...

A candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Livingston County Democratic Party.

Bill Cobbs, a retired executive with Xerox Corporation, will speak at the event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell.

Cobbs, who lives in Oakland County, is running on a platform of rebuilding Michigan’s infrastructure and schools. He is pledging to listen to Michigan citizens and to restore trust in government.

Cobbs graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1970. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Navy from 1972-73. He later worked as a police officer while earning a law degree at Wayne State University Law School.

After being hired by Xerox, he built the Xerox Professional Services Division and became a global vice president for the corporation.

After retiring, he has coached executives in Fortune 500 on how to listen to customers and their employees.

He has been married for 36 years and he and his wife, Lisa, have two children and one granddaughter.

His website is: http://www.billcobbs2018.com/.

Cobbs is one of several people seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. The party’s primary will be Aug. 7, 2018.

All Democrats in the county are welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, call 810-229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

ENVIRONMENT

Livingston Dems t...

Spring is here and you can hear it, literally. Livingston County Democrats will explore the sounds of spring amphibians and how they are affected by environmental policy at their meeting this month.

Andrew Nowicki, a zoology major at Michigan State University from Cohoctah Township, will speak on “A Quick Guide to Spring Amphibians: Environmental Indicators” at the meeting on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at Re-Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell.

Also speaking will be Kody Vitale, a field organizer with the Michigan Democratic Party. Vitale, of Brighton, will be working in a region that includes Livingston County under the Michigan Democratic Party’s Project 83.

The meeting is open to all Democrats in the county. Attendees are advised to park behind the building, use the rear building, and take the stairs or elevators down to the auditorium.

For more information call (810) 229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

HEALTHCARE

Day of Action for...

Health care is vital to all of us, and we know we must fight to preserve our right to it.
Livingston County Democrats will take to the streets and the phones on Saturday, April 22, as part of a statewide Day of Action for Health Care.
We will be discussing health care plans supported by Democrats in Lansing and Washington, D.C., as part of a Michigan Democratic Party statewide mobilization.
Please join us as we talk to our friends and neighbors about this vital issue.
Phone-banking and door-to-door canvassing shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Training and materials will be provided.
Please call (810) 229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com for more information.
(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Committee, 8028 Grand River,
Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

GERRYMANDERING

Livingston Dems’ ...

The problem of gerrymandering in Michigan will be the topic of the next meeting of the Livingston County Democratic Party’s executive committee.
Democratic attorney Mark Brewer and Rebecca Lenk, chair of the education committee of Count MI Vote, will speak at the meeting set for Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Re-Max Platinum Auditorium.
Gerrymandering is the process of drawing legislative district lines to favor one political party so that it maintains political power. Redistricting is set to next occur in Michigan after the 2020 census results.
Brewer, former chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, is planning to sue state officials over gerrymandering, pointing out that it minimizes the power of Democratic voters. His plans follow a federal court ruling in Wisconsin that ordered the state to redraw its maps after a challenge based on the “efficiency gap.”
The “efficiency gap” measures the “wasted votes” for candidates – either lost votes for candidates who didn’t win or excess votes for candidates who did.
The “efficiency gap” theory argues that a gerrymandered state crams votes for one party into a few safe seats. The votes for the other party are split into as many winning districts as possible, maximizing one party’s political power while minimizing another’s.
While that lawsuit is being prepared, the grassroots group Count MI Vote was formed in late 2016 with more than 2,500 members to educate the public about the effects of partisan gerrymandering in Michigan.
Count MI Vote is part of the non-partisan ballot question committee Voters Not Politicians, which is seeking to amend the Michigan Constitution in 2018 to create an independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission.
Lenk will speak about the issue of gerrymandering in general as well as explain how people can participate in the petition drive needed to put the issue on the 2018 ballot.
The meeting is open to all Democrats in the county.
Re-Max Platinum Auditorium is located at 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Attendees are advised to park behind the building, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium.
The party’s regular business meeting will follow.
For more information, call 810-229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

MEET BRANDON DILLON

State Party Chair...

The chair of the Michigan Democratic Party will speak to Livingston County Democrats later this month.

The meeting is set for Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. at Re-Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River.

“This will be the perfect time for local Democrats to hear about plans for strengthening the party in 2017 and to share their own ideas with Brandon Dillon,” said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party.

The party’s executive committee meeting will follow.

Attendees should park behind the building, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium.

For more information, call (810) 229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

HIGH SCHOOL DEMOCRATS

Livingston County...

A chapter of the Michigan High School Democrats is being formed in Livingston County and will hold its first meeting soon.

“Several high school students volunteered in our office in the 2016 presidential campaign and have stepped up to form an organization that will engage young people in the Democratic Party,” said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party. “We are delighted at the leadership being shown by these outstanding young people to create this chapter.”

One of the organizers, Hartland High School student Loviisa Pasternak was active in the campaign and decided to help organize a student group.

“In a Democratic Republic, the government is only as strong and smart as the people. As we are fortunate enough to live under one, it is of the utmost importance that everyone be educated about politics--everyone, not just adults. Despite not being able to vote, we, as minors, can still make a major difference,” she said.

The group plans to hold its organizational meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at party headquarters, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, near the intersection with Hacker Road. Light refreshments will be served.

The Michigan High School Democrats is a caucus within the Michigan Democratic Party and is affiliated with the High School Democrats of America. The Livingston County chapter will become the 12th in Michigan, joining ones in Troy, Byron Center, Grosse Pointe, Portage, Petoskey, Novi, Holland, Macomb County, Birmingham/Bloomfield, Ann Arbor, and Walled Lake.

The goals of the Michigan High School Democrats include promoting the interests and concerns of high school students within the Democratic Party; identifying, recruiting, and training high school activists, and serving as a catalyst by which the message of the Democratic Party reaches high school students, as well as helping to elect Democrats to office.

The Livingston County chapter is a county-wide organization and is not affiliated with any single high school.

Loviisa and others involved in organizing the chapter have been gathering names of others who are interested in a chapter.

To be eligible to join, a student must live in Livingston County and be within three months of entering high school or have left high school within the last three months.

Any high school Democrats wishing to join the Livingston County chapter of the Michigan High School Democrats may contact party headquarters at 810-229-4212, email livcodems@gmail.com, email Loviisa Pasternak at lkpast@comcast.net, or call or text her at 810-599-4032.
(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

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