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Meetings And Events

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Opportunities to get involved!

          

Looking  for an opportunity to do more to bring about change than simply vote  next November?  Here are three great opportunities to consider.  If you  have the time, the desire, the talent, your Party and your community  need you!

Democratic Pole Watchers WantedWe  need to help our Democratic Voters by making sure we have Democratic  Pole Watchers in as many poling places as possible.  Historically, we  have never been able to supply the County with enough Democrats to act  as pole watchers.  The result is that Republican pole watchers are  arbitrarily assigned to act as Democratic pole watchers.  Let's see if  we can change this situation in 2020!  If you're willing, contact me by reply email or send me your name and contact information at david@dhmcmillan.com with the subject "Pole Watcher volunteer".
 

Veterans for Peters forming NOWSenator  Peters' campaign is forming a Veterans for Peters group and would love  to include Branch County veterans!  If you are a veteran and support  Senator Peters re-election, contact me by reply email or send me your name and contact information at david@dhmcmillan.com with the subject "Veterans for Peters" and I will pass along the information to the appropriate Peters campaign staff.
 

Sign up for the Citizens Commission on RedistrictingThe  redistricting effort in Michigan after the 2020 election will be the  best chance to positively impact State and Federal elections beyond  2020!  There are two main requirements for eligibility:  you must be a  registered voter and you cannot be a former elected official or  lobbyist.  You don't need to have any prior knowledge or experience in  drawing legislative districts - there will be a training and education  session to prepare commissioners for their work.
 

Wouldn't it be great - and to our advantage! - to have local input into  this critically strategic effort?  Help end Gerrymandering in Michigan!   Click the link below to learn more.
 

As  an All On The Line supporter, we know you care about fair maps and  redistricting. That's why we reached out to encourage you to apply to  the commission → Apply today!  

Event Details

  

Our January agenda seeks to contribute in a positive manner to our community while performing our primary function of informing voters. 

At our January meeting, we will renew our discussion of a proposed sponsorship of a scholarship program for Branch County High School students.

Our scheduled program speaker in January is Mr. Ryan Hall. Ryan has presented himself as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 7thCongressional District. This will be Branch County’s initial opportunity to meet Ryan and hear why he feels voters will want to support his campaign.

Remember, our meetings are open to all interested parties without respect to Party affiliation. We believe in a polite and respectful sharing of views and concerns and seek to provide an environment where that can occur.

Join us for our next meeting on January 15, and every month on the third Wednesday at the Coldwater Township Office, 319 Sprague St., Coldwater 49036. We gather starting at 6:30PM for social interaction and our meeting begins promptly at 7:00PM. Meetings generally last until 8:15 – 8:30PM.


Face Book: Branch County (Michigan) Democrats 

January 15

Monthly BCD Meeting

7pm - 8:30pm

Coldwater Township Office, 319 Sprague Rd.

Event Details

January 15

Monthly BCD Meeting

 CHAIRPERSON - David McMillan

VICE CHAIR &  TREASURER  - Anita Hoyt

SECRETARY - Nancy Krajny


BRANCH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Involved – Informed – Influential – Innovative

P.O. Box 314, Coldwater, MI 49036


General Meeting Agenda

January 15, 2020

Social time before the meeting start time is 6:30 - 7:00


1. Pledge of Allegiance – Dave McMillan 

2. Treasurer’s Report – Anita Hoyt

3. Calendar review/update – Anita Hoyt

4. 7th Congressional District coordination – Andy Schirk

5. 2019 – 2020 Strategic Plan Update – Dave McMillan

6. DISCUSSION: Should the Branch County Dems sponsor a scholarship?

7. PROGRAM: Ryan Hall, Candidate for 7th CD U.S. Representative

8. Questions, comments, additional issues – ALL

Adjourn
 

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT https://branchcountydemocrats.com 

7pm - 8:30pm

Coldwater Township Office, 319 Sprague Rd.

February 19

Special BCD Meeting

7pm - 8:30pm

Coldwater Township Office, 319 Sprague Rd.

Event Details

February 19

Special BCD Meeting

Social time before the meeting start time is 6:30 - 7:00 


Featuring: Candidates for the Michigan 7th District House of Representatives Gretchen Driskell and Ryan Hall
 

Help select the Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from the 7th Congressional District!  This may be your only opportunity to examine  the candidates side-by-side to determine which might be the best and  strongest opponent to run against incumbent, Tim Walberg. 
 

Each candidate will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and explain why they should receive your support in the August 4th Primary Election.  The candidates will then participate in a Question  & Answer session intended to inform our voters about their  respective campaigns in order that we might evaluate the relative  strengths of each.  At the end of the evening, we will take a “straw  poll” to determine how each candidate was received by those in  attendance.
 

You are invited to submit your questions in advance to david@dhmcmillan.com for consideration.  As Chair, I will select questions from all those submitted and will pose those questions to the candidates.
 

All Democratic voters from the 7th Congressional District are invited to attend. Please participate by submitting your questions for the candidates!  Mark your calendars and plan to attend on Wednesday February 19th!

7pm - 8:30pm

Coldwater Township Office, 319 Sprague Rd.

February 22

"Call to Convention"

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February 22

"Call to Convention"

  

BRANCH 

COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY


 In accordance with the requirements of the Michigan Democratic Party, Branch County Democrats will hold their County Party Convention on Saturday February 22, 2020 at a time and location to be determined soon.
 

The purpose of the County Convention will be to:  1) Consider & draft resolutions to be submitted to the State Party; and, 2) Select individuals to fill the suggested allocated seats on the Rules, Resolutions, and Credentialing committees of the State Party.
 

Eligibility:  (Article IV Sections B & C of the MDP Rules)   In order to vote at any Convention, Caucus, or meeting at any unit of  the Michigan Democratic Party at any level, a person must be a member of  the Michigan Democratic Party for at least thirty (30) days prior to  that Convention, Caucus, or meeting.
 

Precinct Delegates, Democratic elected officials, and Democratic  nominees to partisan offices are exempt from the thirty (30) days  advance membership requirement.  However, Precinct Delegates, Democratic  elected officials, and Democratic nominees to partisan office must be  members in order to vote and may join the same day as the Convention,  Caucus, or Meeting.
 

Final Notification to come:  A "final notification" of the date, time, and location of the County Convention will be sent to all eligible voting Party  members no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the February 22, 2020  County Convention! 

Download Branch County Democrats related Documents

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Please contact us if you need to request a file not included below.

Calendar of Events for Branch County Democrats (docx)

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Meeting Minutes - 10-16-2019 (docx)

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A. Calendar - January 2020 (docx)

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B. Calendar - February 2020 (docx)

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Agenda - January 15, 2020 (docx)

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meeting minutes - 01-15-2020 (docx)

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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 - Anita Hoyt
  • Treasurer - Anita Hoyt
  • Secretary -  Nancy Krajny 

Committees, committee leaders, and contacts

Local Precinct Delegates with contact information

Visit The Michigan Democratic Web Site

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 

Strategic Planning

  

December 2018 – Revised, November 2019


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.
 

7. Using available resources (VAN and/or WAVE), plan and execute an effort to register all County Democratic-likely voters for absentee ballot participation.                                                                                                                

   

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: David McMillan

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.).  

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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