Annual Labor Day Picnic, Mon. Sept. 1, 4-7PM

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by admin No Comments

AADems Labor Day Picnic 2014

Please join us for our annual Labor Day Picnic!

We will be barbecuing some great food, plus we’ll have kids games and live music  by Chris Kendall and She-Bop and the Riff Raff. This is chance for us to celebrate the end of the summer and hear from our great democratic candidates and elected officials!

Suggested donation: $15 Individual / $30 Family (2 adults and up to 4 kids)

Donate at the door or click

Sponsors and Advertisers

Our fantastic sponsors include:

Ayse’s Cafe

Arbor Brewing Company
Sally Hart Petersen for Mayor
Samuel McMullen for City Council
Kirk for Council
Alex Milshteyn for Washtenaw Community College Trustee Campaign
Sabra Briere for Mayor
Christopher Taylor for Mayor
Graydon Krapohl for Council

Advertising in our program booklet are:

Veronique Liem for Circuit Court Judge
Constance L. Jones for Probate Judge
Tracy Van den Bergh for Probate Judge
Midwest Bike and Tandem
The Barre Code


Governor Snyder’s First Term: What You Need to Know

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by admin No Comments

Analysis by State Rep. Jeff Irwin, Michigan’s 53 House District.

When Rick Snyder put himself out to be Governor of Michigan during the 2010 election, many voters were wondering what Snyder stood for. As well they should have – Snyder ran a stealth campaign that revealed little about what values he would bring to the Governor’s office. He deflected serious questions about policy and refused to debate his opponent. Instead, Snyder repeated his vague catchphrase: reinvention. As we approach the end of Gov. Snyder’s term, we can look back on the last three years to get an idea of what Rick Snyder is all about. What did he mean by reinventing Michigan?

Gov. Snyder’s reign has been laser-focused on one goal. This one goal, lowering the tax burden for the wealthy, is his unmistakable signature. In service of this goal, Governor Snyder raised taxes on seniors and low-income workers and made steep cuts to K-12 and higher education. The magnitude of this realignment of responsibility is startling. Because of changes in 2011, taxes for most corporations have been eliminated. LLC’s and S-corps now pay a 0 percent tax, reducing state revenues by $1.7 billion in 2012[i]. This represented an 86 percent reduction in taxes on businesses. (more…)

Monthly Town Hall Forum – City Council Candidate Debate

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Please join us Saturday, July 12 for our July Town Hall, which will feature a debate amongst Ann Arbor city council candidates!

This a chance to meet your candidates and elected officials and be sure your voice is heard. The event is free and open to the public.

Tickets will also be on sale for our annual Labor Day Picnic, and we will feature our 50-50 raffle.

As always, we will have coffee and light refreshments starting at 9:30am. This month’s coffee sponsor is our friends at Ayse’s Cafe.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

For questions or information on event sponsorship, please contact our Chair, Michael ‘Mike’ Henry

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidate Forum – Saturday, June 14th at 9:30 AM

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by mhenry No Comments


The Ann Arbor Dems will hold a

Mayoral Candidate Forum

Saturday, June 14th

9:30 AM – 12 Noon

Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street
This event is free and open to the public.  Democrats are strongly encouraged to bring their children, neighbors, and questions for the candidates.  Expect media to be in attendance.  Click this link to experience audio and video from the forum.

Ann Arbor Democratic Party Annual Chili Cornbread and Coleslaw Cook-off

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by admin No Comments

Sunday May. 4, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ann Arbor Community Center
625 North Main Street

Tickets may be purchased online at

$10 individual in advance
$10 for students & senior citizens in advance
$30 Family Deal in advance (admits 2 adults plus up to 4 kids)

All tickets at the door:
$15 at the door for all.

Join us during & after the Water Hill Music Festival for great food and live Jazz music by Shema.

Bring family & friends along and join Ann Arbor city council members, Washtenaw county commissioners, sitting & retired judges, other government officials, cooking experts, & tons of Dems as they battle and help judge Ann Arbor’s best chili, cornbread, and coleslaw recipes. Enjoy about 20 different chili selections, varieties of cornbread, numerous coleslaw entries and a beer or thirst-quenching punch, voting privileges, & great music.

If you have questions about the event, email Hedieh Briggs or call (734) 531-9605.

To sponsor, contact or call 313-559-5558. Hope to see you there!

This is very Kid friendly event.

Strolling Gala at Rush Street, 4-9 PM Sunday March 2!

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Join us for an evening featuring great hors d’oeuvres (lots of vegetarian and vegan options), desserts, drinks (wine/beer), live music, guest speakers and other entertainment! A local Judge will be on hand to renew wedding vows for married couples.

Ticket Price: $40 in advance, $75 for two in advance, $35 for students or $50 at the door.
Ticket Purchase:

If you have any questions or wish to sponsor the event, email Hedieh Briggs or call (734) 531-9605.

 Kids are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Annual Meeting to Elect Party Officers Dec. 14 10 to Noon

Posted on: December 7th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Sat. Dec. 14th – 10:00 AM to 12 Noon – Annual Meeting – Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street

Ann Arbor Democratic Party Executive Board – Nominating Committee Report on Positions
Below are the recommendations submitted by the Nominating Committee for Officer Elections next Saturday, December 14th from 10:00 am to 12 Noon.

Mike Henry

Doug Scott

Lauren Coffman

Vice Chairs for Organization*: 
Eric Keller
James Daniel

Past Chair: 
Conan Smith

Vice Chairs for Special Events: 
Jay Mullick
Hedieh Briggs
Brad O’Conner
Vice Chairs for Programs: 
Mary Hall-Thiam
Margaret Connors
Nora Wright

Vice Chairs for Resolutions, Bylaws, & Policy: 
Marty Fischhoff
David Cahill
Graham Teall
Vice Chairs for Outreach & Inclusion: 
Danniyal Shahid
Julie Grand

Vice Chairs for Communications: 
Jason Morgan

Chief Technology Officer:
 Erica Ackerman

Liaison to the College Democrats of the University of Michigan: 
Trevor Dolan

Vice Chair for Voter Registration & Protection:
Brian Merlos

Vice Chair for Research, Data & Policy: 
Nick Buonodono

Vice Chair for Fundraising:
 Joe Malcoun

Vice Chair for Social Media: 
Ebru Uras

September Social @ Vellum

Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Dmitry Kalinchenko No Comments

Our friends at Vellum are graciously hosting us for our first social mixer of the fall! Come and meet some of our elected officials and our exciting candidates running for office, enjoy some elegant hors d’oeuvres on us, and imbibe in Vellum’s drink specials just for our event.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Laborpalooza 2013 TODAY! Monday, 9/2 from 3-7.

Posted on: September 1st, 2013 by admin No Comments

Laborpalooza 2013 is today and we recently got some exciting news: U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters confirmed that he’ll be joining us at Gallup Park on Monday.  With Congressman Peters joining an already-impressive array of elected officials and speakers — to say nothing of the live music, dunk tank, grilled Lake Superior fish, cornhole, volleyball, rootbeer pong, and rentable SuperSoakers — Laborpalooza promises to be the most exciting Democratic Party party of the year.

Event Details

  • What: Labor Day Laborpalooza
  • Date: Monday, September 2nd, 2013
  • Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • WhereGallup Park, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Tickets: $15 ($14 if you wear a campaign shirt); Students $10 ($9 if you wear a campaign shirt)
  • Host: The Ann Arbor Dems

Special Guests

  • Mark Schauer, Democratic Candidate for Governor     
  • Gary Peters, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
  • John Dingell, U.S. Representative, District 12
  • Debbie Dingell, WSU Board of Governors Chair and DNC Member
  • Rebekah Warren, State Senator, District 18
  • Gretchen Driskell, State Representative, District 52
  • Jeff Irwin, State Representative, District 53
  • David Rutledge, State Representative, District 54
  • and Mark Gaffney, Honorary Labor Day Laborpalooza 2013 Chair

Camp Millie Weekend Political Training

Posted on: August 4th, 2013 by Dmitry Kalinchenko No Comments
Interested in running for office or becoming a campaign manager? Join Democrats from around the State of Michigan for an exciting new political training program to help you get the skills you need to make that a reality!

Successful candidates and campaign managers will mentor you for an entire weekend and give a wealth of inside information on how these things work.

Here are the details:

* August 17-18, 2013, 8 AM-5 PM both days

* At the Eisenhower Center, 3200 East Eisenhower, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

* While sponsors will cover most of the costs, attendees pay $50 to help cover breakfast, lunch, & snack expenses for participants both days. 

* Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford that! Use one of the contacts below for more information.

* Progressives preferred. Sponsors are welcome.

* Space is limited. Reserve your space below TODAY!

* For more information contact: 

- Mary Hall-Thiam 

- Kathy Wyatt

Michael Henry

Or visit

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2008 AA Dems Picnic
2010 AA Dems Labor Day Picnic
Rebekah Warren speaking at 2010 AA Dems Labor Day Picnic
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