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What And Who Are The Branch County Democrats

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Branch County Democrats are affiliated with the Michigan Democratic Party and includes citizens of Branch County who generally subscribe to and support the Michigan Democratic Party Platform.

Our local organization

Our officers for the 2019 - 2020 term are:

  • Chairperson - David McMillan - Email david@dhmcmillan.com
  • Vice-Chair - Antar Nasser
  • Treasurer - Anita Hoyt
  • Secretary -  Nancy Krajny 

Committees, committee leaders, and contacts

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Upcoming events

Regularly scheduled meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings starts at 7:00 pm with social time starting at 6:30 pm. 

Meeting location at Coldwater Township Office, 319 Sprague Rd.

Click here to Find out more about upcoming meetings and scheduled events

Local Precinct Delegates with contact information

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The Platform

Serving The Community

  Branch County Democrats  are an entity within the  Michigan Democratic Party, and as such, support and adhere to the Party platform as follows, "The Michigan Democratic Party believes that government must be open, responsive, and accountable to the people it serves.All citizens should have the freedom and the opportunity to rise as high as their talents and initiative will allow. This platform expresses our dedication to the belief that those who work hard should be assured the opportunity to achieve economic security, and that all should be able to live with basic human dignity. This platform embodies our core values of fairness and responsibility, and a commitment to the common good. This platform stands as a promise to the people of Michigan, based on our tradition and commitment to a better future for the people of our state and nation." 

Check Michigan Voter Registration To:

  • View your Sample Ballot for the upcoming election
  • Track the status of your Absentee Ballot 
  • Verify your Voter Registration Information 

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Strategic Planning


          December 2018
2019 – 2020 Strategic Planning


GOAL 

The officers and members of the Branch County Democratic Party will support, nominate and elect a qualified slate of candidates to local, State and Federal offices who share our membership’s ideals of ethical, fair, transparent and inclusive government through the strategies listed below.                                                                                             


STRATEGIES

1. Identify and support Precinct Delegates in each of the County’s 18 cities and townships;                              

2. Grow the County Party membership by focusing on improving diversity in all areas (cultural, age, race, and gender);                                                                                                                                                        
 

3. Improve the Democratic Party’s image within Branch County through positive interactions with the community and its Republican majority when such opportunities are consistent with our organizational goal;                    

4. Seek out and support qualified candidates for all local political offices;                                                             
 

5. Maintain open two-way communications with State Democratic Party as well as State and Federal Democratic office holders;     

                                                                                                                                             

6. Raise and manage funds in an appropriate manner in order to support all strategies indorsed and approved by the County Party membership.                                                                                                                       

    

Summer Food Service Program for children

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In an effort to help combat food insecurity in the summer months, the Michigan Department of Education, Health and Nutrition Services administers the Meet Up and Eat Up Program in counties across Michigan.
Chartwells has been running the program in Coldwater for the past ten years, providing county and non-county children with breakfast and lunch.
Coldwater Community Schools report that the program offers free meals to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to 26 years of age who are enrolled in a mentally or physically disabled educational program recognized by a state or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination during the meal service.

MEAL TIMES AND DATES: 

Lincoln Learning Center - 70 Tibbits St, Coldwater
Breakfast: Monday through Friday, June 4-August 17, 8-8:30 AM (closed July 2-13)
Lunch: Monday through Friday, June 4-August 17, 11:30 AM-12 PM (closed July 2-13)
Heritage Park (Splash Pad Pavillion) - 1776 Heritage Dr, Coldwater
Lunch: Monday through Friday, June 4-July 13, 12-12:30 PM (closed July 4)
Legg Middle School - 175 Green St, Coldwater
Breakfast: Monday through Friday, June 4-15, 8-8:30 AM
Lunch: Monday through Friday, June 4-15, 11-11:30 AM
Dearth Community Center (Branch County Fairgrounds) - 262 S Sprague St, Coldwater
Breakfast: Monday through Friday, July 9-13, 9-9:30 AM
Lunch: Monday through Thursday, July 9-12, 12-12:30 PM (no lunch on Friday)
Jefferson Elementary School - 15 Vans Ave, Coldwater
Breakfast: Monday through Thursday, July 30-August 9, 7:30-8 AM (closed Fridays)
Lunch: Monday through Thursday, July 30-August 9, 11:30 AM-12 PM (closed Fridays)
Parkhurst Park Pavillion - 329 Grand St, ColdwaterInclement weather site: 200 N. Fremont St. Coldwater (Bounce houses, Water activities, Games, Contest and more)Lunch: Wednesdays only, July 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st. 11am-11:45am

DATES, TIMES, MENUS, AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

Bronson Summer food program

Bronson Community Schools will once again be sponsoring the district's summer meal service program "Meet Up and Eat Up."Meals will be delivered in Douglas Park at 221 Douglas Street between 11:30 a.m. 11:55 A.m. Monday through Friday starting on June 24 and finishing on August 1, 2019.Lunches will not be served on July 19th during the Bronson Polish Festival.The Bronson Summer Food Service Program offers free meals for children 18 years of age and under or persons up to the age of 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency.Adults meals are available for $3.50. All meals must be eaten on site.More information is available at www.bronsonschools.org or by calling Food Service Supervisor Barb Yearling at (517)369-3349. 

Need Assistance?: Links To Local Resources Available

Meetings And events

July 13 - 21

Adopt a Highway

9:30 - 11:30am

Meet at Bob Evans’ parking lot

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July 13 - 21

Adopt a Highway

Join the clean up team to remove the discarded trash along the roadside on a select section of US 69. 

9:30 - 11:30am

Meet at Bob Evans’ parking lot

August 4 - 11

Branch County Fair

All day

Fairgrounds

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August 4 - 11

Branch County Fair


All day

Fairgrounds

August 21

2nd Annual BCD Picnic

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Coldwater Township Hall Pavilion, 319 Sprague Rd.

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August 21

2nd Annual BCD Picnic

Come picnic with us.

Free to attend, rain or shine. 

Catered by Dickey's Barbecue Pit

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Coldwater Township Hall Pavilion, 319 Sprague Rd.

Committees, Committee Leaders, and Contacts

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Each of the following committees encourages the active participation of the Branch County Democrats’ membership! If you find one or more of these areas of interest to you, and want to get involved, contact the Committee Chair listed for information on how to join in. 

CANDIDATE COMMITTEE: David McMillan

The candidate committee organizes and supports Branch County Precinct Delegates to include identifying potential Precinct Delegates, training current and future Precinct Delegates, publicizing upcoming elections and highlighting local offices for which Democratic candidates may be proposed, coordinating candidate and volunteer activities associated with upcoming elections. 

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE: David McMillan

The Public Relations Committee plans the County Party’s interactions with local media (print, radio, TV, etc.) to include preparing press releases, appearing in spots on local radio / TV, coordinating communications with State Party officials, developing and placing advertising as appropriate. 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Antar Nasser

Develop and implement plans and programs to increase County Party membership with a specific focus on increasing diversity in the areas of race, gender, culture, and age. 

FUND RAISING COMMITTEE: Anita Hoyt

 Oversee the conduct of any and all fund raising activities to include major fund raising events such as our annual picnic and the annual Levin Dinner as well as solicitations for general donations (monthly meeting, 50/50, etc.).  

Download Branch County Democrats related Documents

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Membership Committee - March-20-2019 handout (pdf)

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UAW Financial Request06192019 (pdf)

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UAW Financial Request Response. (docx)

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Meeting Minutes 6-19-2019 (docx)

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Treasurer Report July 17 2019.xlsx (pdf)

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June News and Recent Poll Results

  

News & Updates

  • June monthly meeting:
    In addition to our normal business meeting, our June program speaker was Ms. Salwa Alsuraimi.  She was able to provide us with a personal insight into the large middle community here in Coldwater (over 2,000 families).  She shared many observations and examples of how our different cultures may tend to create misunderstanding even though beyond the cultural differences, we share many of the same hopes and dreams.  We discussed several possible actions that could help us build a relationship with this      community and improve the diversity of our group.  These will be further discussed at our July meeting.
     
  • Strawberry Fest:
    The Branch County Dems were well represented at this year's Strawberry Fest!  As a result of our participation we had thirteen individual requests to be added to our mailing list.  Fifteen people took the time to take our brief      "straw poll" about the effectiveness of local government (see more details below), and five folks shared their local and/or national concerns by filling out our "Issues" sheet.  We also had our new posters on display for our August 21 2nd annual picnic and our October 9 Levin Dinner.
     
  • "Straw Poll" results:
    We asked four "yes or no" questions regarding local government.  Here they are with the results we received: 
    • Office holders have the best interest of their citizens in mind when making decisions:  8 yes; 7 no
    • Office holders seek out my  opinion before making decisions that can impact my quality of life:   3 yes;  12 no
    • Office holders' spending  priorities generally match my own:  6 yes;  9 no
    • Office holders are transparent in the conduct of official business:   5 yes;   10 no
  • "Issues" results: 
    • LOCAL issues included the following:  RECYCLING; JOBS; PARKS & RECREATION; WATER QUALITY; ENVIRONMENT; EDUCATION; ROADS & INFRASTRUCTURE; TAXES; HOUSING (more rent controlled apartments)
       

NATIONAL issues included:  ENVIRONMENT; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; REFUGEES; CLIMATE CHANGE; CONDUCT OF PRESIDENT & CABINET; ELECTION SECURITY; ENDANGERED SPECIES
 

Hope to see a large turnout for our July 17 meeting, 6:30PM social, 7:00PM formal meeting at the Coldwater Township office, 319 Sprague St. Coldwater.


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Calendar of Events for Branch County Democrats (docx)

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Branch County Democratic Meeting Location

Branch County Democrats

Coldwater Township Hall, 319 Sprague Rd, Coldwater, MI 49036

(281) 468-8252

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David McMillan was honored by the Michigan Democrat Party at the Legacy Dinner for his service.

David McMillan (4th from left) honored by Mich Dem Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Branch County Democrats - Monday, May 20, 2019


Contact: Anita Hoyt, 269-788-8977; ah6219@hotmail.com

Branch County Dems represented at Michigan Democratic Party “Legacy Dinner”


DETROIT – Coldwater residents representing the Branch County Democrats were in attendance Saturday evening, May 18, for the Michigan Democratic Party’s annual Legacy Dinner. This year the party honored the legacy of the late Congressman John Dingle. The evening included remarks from Governor Whitmer, Attorney General Nessel, Senators Stabenow and Peters as well as several of Michigan’s Democratic Congresspersons. Those in attendance from Coldwater were Ms. Anita Hoyt, Treasurer of the Branch County Dems, David McMillan, Branch County Democratic Chair, and his wife Carol McMillan.


During the evening’s program, several volunteers from the 14 Michigan Congressional Districts were honored for their work and contributions to the Party’s recent successes. For the first time, a Branch County volunteer was singled out for his efforts on behalf of the Party. David McMillan was one of two volunteers from the 7th Congressional District to receive his award from Congressman Andy Levin.


The Branch County Democrats are affiliated with the Michigan Democratic Party and share the objective of supporting and electing high quality candidates who represent the Democratic Party’s principles of fair, inclusive, transparent, and honest government. For more about our organization, go to: www.branchcountydemocrats.com


Precinct Delegates with contact information

Current Precinct Delegates are as follows:

 1. Andy Schirk: Coldwater Township; 294 Shelby Dr.; C-517-736-4817 H-517-278-5855

2. Terry Reen: Girard township; 309 Neibles Landing.; 517-937-2900

3. Jim Bilsborrow: Coldwater City Third Ward; bilsjim@gmail.com; 191 Fairfield Dr.

4. Barb Hapner: Coldwater City Second Ward; bjhap86@cbpu.com

5. Jennifer “Jinx” Wingard: Coldwater City Fourth Ward; jmwingardllc@gmail.com; 63 W. Chicago St.  #306; 301-657-2628

6. Nancy Krajny: Batavia Township; 107 Pond instead of 143; nancykrajny@yahoo.com

7. Barb Burkhardt: Ovid Township; 553 Shady Oaks Drive; barbaraburkhardt@gmail.com; 517-238-5091


 If you are interested in knowing more about Precinct Delegates - read on....

  

Democratic Precinct Delegate Positions:

(…by city and township with number of positions for each)

Term: 2 year (every even-numbered year)

Duties: It is the active precinct delegate who wins elections for their Party! Democratic Precinct Delegates:

       - Help Democrats get registered to vote.

       - Take information on issues and candidates to the voters in their precinct.

       - Identify other Democrats and recruit new Party members.

       - Help turn out the Democratic vote on Election Day.

       - Keep Democratic leaders informed about the issues that concern voters.

       - Elect Democratic Party leadership at county, congressional district and state levels.

Qualifications: Any adult of voting age who lives within a Precinct and identifies as Democrat may seek the position of Democratic Precinct Delegate for that precinct.

ALGANSEE TOWNSHIP (3)

BATAVIA TOWNSHIP (2)

BETHEL TOWNSHIP (1)

BRONSON TOWNSHIP (2)

BUTLER TOWNSHIP (2)

CALIFORNIA TOWNSHIP (1)

COLDWATER TOWNSHIP (6) – Incumbent: Amaryllis Thomas

GILEAD TOWNSHIP (1)

GIRARD TOWNSHIP (3)

KINDERHOOK TOWNSHIP (2)

MATTESON TOWNSHIP (2)

NOBLE TOWNSHIP (1)

OVID TOWNSHIP (4)

QUINCY TOWNSHIP PRECINCT #1 (2) – Incumbent: Sue Ann Fillmore

QUINCY TOWNSHIP PRECINCT #2 (3)

SHERWOOD TOWNSHIP (3)

UNION TOWNSHIP (4) – Incumbent: Bing Johnson

CITY OF BRONSON (3)

CITY OF COLDWATER WARD 1 (4)

CITY OF COLDWATER WARD 2 (4) – Incumbent(s): Penny Frailey, Barbara Hapner

CITY OF COLDWATER WARD 3 (5)

CITY OF COLDWATER WARD 4 (3)

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