News and Information Relating to the Ann Arbor Democratic Party

Ann Arbor Dems Executive Board Elections 2017

Posted on: January 1st, 2017 by Jaime Magiera No Comments

The Nominating Committee will be meeting on January 7th 2:00PM at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor. At that time, members of the party will be nominated for positions on the Executivce Board. The election will take place during the General Membership Meeting on January 14 9:30am-12n at the Washtenaw County Administration Bldg, 200 North Main Street, Ann Arbor.

If you are interested in running for any position on Ann Arbor Dems Executive Board, please contact Mary (mhallthiamaka@gmail.com). You can also just attend the Nominating Committee meeting and let the committee know you are interested. The meeting is open to public.

The Executive Board positions are:

  • Chairman
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Vice Chairs for Organization
  • Vice Chairs for Programs
  • Vice Chairs for Special Events
  • Vice Chair for Fundraising
  • Vice Chairs for Resolutions, Bylaws, & Policy
  • Vice Chairs for Outreach & Inclusion
  • Vice Chair for Communications
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Vice Chair for Mature Adult Issues
  • Liaison to the College Democrats
  • Vice Chair for Voter Registration & Protection
  • Vice Chair for Broadcasting & Production
  • Vice Chair for Legislative Affairs
  • Vice Chair for Statewide Engagement
  • Vice Chair for Womens Engagement
  • Vice Chair for Social & Digital Media

The officer election process is defined in Article IX of Ann Arbor Democratic Party Bylaws.

2017 Nominating Committee

Posted on: December 10th, 2016 by Jaime Magiera No Comments

At our general meeting on Saturday December 10, 2016, members voted on the 2017 Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will in turn nominate members of the party to the Executive Board in the coming weeks. The process for assembling the Nominating Committee, and their responsibilities, is defined in Article IX of Ann Arbor Democratic Party Bylaws.

Ward 1
James Daniel
Peggy Rabhi
Bill Worzel (alternate)

Ward 2
Jim McIntosh
Margaret Bennett
Travis Radina (alternate)

Ward 3
Doug Scott
Erica Ackerman
Marty Fischoff (alternate)

Ward 4
Greg Herbert
Ashley Rutledge
Jaime Magiera (alternate)

Ward 5
Jane Forman
Susan Fectau
Katie Scott (alternate)

4th of July Cookout 11AM-3PM at Liberty Plaza. Suggested: $10-15 Students & Individuals $15-20 Families & Beer Drinkers.

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

The Ann Arbor Dems Cookout Is Sponsored By:

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Evan Pratt, County Water Resources Commissioner 
Andy LaBarre, County Commissioner
Felicia Brabec, County Commissioner
Michelle Deatrick, Candidate for County Commissioner

AA Dems 4th cook-out flier

Annual Chili, Cornbread and Coleslaw Cook-Off

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 by Leo Cartier Jr. No Comments

The Ann Arbor Democratic Party, Insyght Institute & Center for Leadership present the Annual Chili, Cornbread, and Coleslaw Cook-off, Sunday, May 1, 2016, 5-8pm.

Join us during & after the Water Hill Music Festival for great food and music at Hunt Park, 1035 Daniel Street, Ann Arbor, MI (near the corner of Sunset Rd).

Buy tickets securely online NOW! https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/chilicookoff

$10 individual in advance
$10 for students & senior citizens
$15 at the door for all.

Beer Sponsor: Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery & Arbor Brewing Company

For Tickets & Information: Contact Leo Cartier 810-444-6679, or email chilicookoff@annarbordems.org

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 15 different chili selections, varieties of cornbread, numerous coleslaw entries and a beer or thirst-quenching punch, voting privileges, & great music.

Press/Media: Contact Travis Radina 989-274-4433.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact Leo Cartier 810-444-6679 or Leocartierjr@gmail.com

Labor Day Picnic Monday 4-7 at Burns Park

Posted on: September 4th, 2015 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

Please join us for our annual Labor Day Picnic! This is chance for us to celebrate the end of the summer and mingle with our fantastic Democratic elected officials and candidates.

We will be BBQing some great food, we will have live music and fun kids games. Feel free to bring a side or dessert item.

To sponsor or to make a $15 suggested donation click here, https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/demslaborday

To sponsor contact Travis Radina 989-274-4433, Alex Yerkey 734-478-1904, or Michael ‘Mike’ Henry 313-559-5558, mikesoffice@gmail.com.

For information or to volunteer contact Alex Yerkey 734-478-1904.

Monday = 83 to 86 degrees, slight chance of rain — but whatever. D2 and Driskell on the mic. Yup.

Beer? Yup. Arbor Brewing Company — cases and cases.

Awesome music? Yup. DJ Jay Dub and Gwenyth Hayes. Check out this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GRSopQoLOY

Good grub? Yup. Savco Hospitality, Katoi, Ayse’s Cafe, Pita Pita Grill, Haifa Falafel, Ravens Club, Carlyle Grill, the Briggs Family Kitchen and a few more to announce soon. Oh no they didn’t. Oh but yes we did.

Ann Arbor Democratic Party leaders drop the mic. Exit stage left. And the crowd loses their freakin’ minds. Yup. See you there.

June 13 City Council Candidate Forum

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

Join us for round two of our City Council candidate Forums, featuring both incumbents and challengers from Wards 3, 4, and 5. This forum will be structured as a roundtable to give candidates time for thoughtful analysis of some of the most important issues facing our community.

Where:  Ann Arbor Community Center
625 N. Main Street
Date: Saturday, June 13
Schedule:  9:30 – 10:00 Meet and Greet
10:00 – 12:00 Candidate Forum


Ward 3:
Stephen Kunselman (incumbent)
Zachary Ackerman

Ward 4:
Jack Eaton (incumbent)
Jaime Magiera

Ward 5:
Mike Anglin (incumbent)
Chip Smith

City Council Candidate Forum this Saturday, May 9

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

Join us to meet the candidates for City Council! This forum will be structured to give candidates more time for thoughtful analysis of some of the most important issues facing our community.

Where:  Ann Arbor Community Center
625 N. Main Street
Date: Saturday, May 9
Schedule:  9:30 – 10:00 Meet and Greet
10:00 – 12:00 Candidate Forum

Elections this Term:
(At least 5 of the 8 candidates will be present)

Ward 1:
Sabra Briere (incumbent)
Will Leaf

Ward 3:
Stephen Kunselman (incumbent)
Zachary Ackerman

Ward 4:
Jack Eaton (incumbent)
Jaime Magiera

Ward 5:
Mike Anglin (incumbent)
Chip Smith


12th District Democrats Debate Watch Party

Posted on: October 11th, 2014 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

Join Democrats for a district-wide Debate Watch Party between Mark Schauer and the Nerd on:

Sunday, October 12th – 5:30 PM
Arbor Brewing Company
114 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

MDP Field Offices

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

Pick up literature, grab lawn signs, drop off snacks, or volunteer to canvass or call your friends & neighbors from one of the conveniently located campaign offices listed below:

Ann Arbor – 3810 Packard Rd., Suite 230, 48108 –
Phone 313-608-8553.
Ypsilanti – 10 N Washington, 48197 –
Phone 313-421-0587.
Chelsea – 300 N Main, 2nd Floor, 48118 –
Phone 248-505-2410

As of 9/7/2014 we have 31 field offices throughout Michigan.  Find more offices or sign up at  http://www.michigandems.com/2014-coordinated-campaign#sthash.jVk0hR4E.dpuf or email volunteer@michigandems.com.

Find the shift that works best for your schedule.
SundayThursday shifts:  10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm, 4pm-7pm and 6pm-9pm.
Friday & Saturday shifts:  10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm and 4pm-7pm.

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

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by Erica Ackerman 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 https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/demslaborday

 NOTE:  A local media source mistakenly reprinted incorrect information of the Elks Lodge as the location.  As of 1:30 PM on Labor Day, they have corrected the error online.  If you saw the incorrect information in print please disregard and know that we will be at Island Park, 1450 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI.  You may click this Google Map link or call our Chair, Mike Henry, 313-559-5558 for directions 🙂
Also, it looks like we may get a little Labor Day rain after 5:00 PM.  Come early to start your picnic experience off dry.  And don’t fret.  We have reserved a nice sturdy brick shelter at Island Park with grills, tables, and accessible restrooms.  Bring lawn chairs and rain gear just in case.


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



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