Whitmer Is Specia...

It’s our biggest event of the year and it’s coming up in May!

It’s our 35th annual Winans Dinner – with special guest Gretchen Whitmer, former Senate Democratic leader and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Whitmer will speak at the event on Friday, May 18, at Lakelands Golf and Country Club, 8760 Chilson Road, in Hamburg Township.

Also speaking will be the two candidates for the Democratic nomination for 8th District Congress – Christopher Smith of East Lansing and Elissa Slotkin of Holly.

The theme of the evening is, “Build the Blue Wave,” highlighting the local party’s commitment to talk to thousands of voters this campaign season to make sure the streak of Democratic victories throughout the rest of the nation includes Livingston County as well.

The evening includes a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The event includes snacks, music, a sit-down dinner, dessert, silent auction, a raffle – and great conversation with like-minded friends.

Tickets are $70 per person through April 27 and $80 per person after that. Student tickets are $25, but a limited number of free tickets for high school students are available through the generosity of the Michigan Education Association Unit 8-D, Howell.

To reserve a seat, mail a check made out to Livingston County Democratic Party to party headquarters at 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Please include the names of the attendees so that nametags can be prepared. Tickets also may be ordered on-line at:

To have your name included in the program as a patron for the evening, please add $15 per name.

Whitmer is one of four people seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

During her time in the Legislature, Gretchen negotiated with Republicans to expand Medicaid to provide health care to 630,000 working Michigan residents under the Healthy Michigan program.

In 2012, she fought against Republicans’ passage of right-to-work legislation without even holding a public hear. When they locked the doors of the Capitol to keep the people out during the debate, Gretchen threw open the doors and led the protest from her office so people could have their voices heard. She also passed a minimum wage increase for working families that includes a cost-of-living adjustment and fought for more.

Gretchen also was not afraid to stand up to leaders of her own party when they stole money from the state education fund and failed to lift up poor-performing schools.

In 2016, Gretchen stepped up again and served as Ingham County Prosecutor, restoring faith in the office after the elected prosecutor was forced to resign amidst a scandal. She cleaned up a mess and implemented stronger ethics standards.

A lifelong Michigan resident, she attended public schools and state universities. She lives in East Lansing with her husband, Marc, two daughters and three step sons.

The annual dinner is a crucial way the local party raises funds to support party operations through the fall campaign. The event is named in honor of Edwin B. Winans, a Democrat from Hamburg Township who served in Congress and later as Michigan governor from 1891 to 1893.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated. All funds solicited in connection with this event are by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, not by any candidate. )