News and Information Relating to the Ann Arbor Democratic Party

Monthly Town Hall Forum – City Council Candidate Debate

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by Erica Ackerman 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 Democratic Party Annual Chili Cornbread and Coleslaw Cook-off

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by Erica Ackerman 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 https://secure.actblue.com/page/chilicookoff.

$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 chilicookoff@annarbordems.org or call (734) 531-9605.

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

This is very Kid friendly event.

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

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by Erica Ackerman 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…)

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

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Erica Ackerman 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: https://secure.actblue.com/page/demsgala.

If you have any questions or wish to sponsor the event, email Hedieh Briggs annarborgala@gmail.com 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 Erica Ackerman 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!

Facebook Event

MeetUp Event

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

Posted on: September 1st, 2013 by Erica Ackerman 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

Summer Kick-Off Mixer

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by Dmitry Kalinchenko No Comments

Summer is now really here in full swing, so join us for the Ann Arbor Democratic Party Summer Kick-Off Mixer at the Raven’s Club!

We have arranged to have the patio at Ravens Club (207 South Main Street) reserved for us. The Party will purchased a few appetizers to get us started so get there early! Our friends at Raven’s club will also provide discounted drink and appetizer specials! 

So bring friends and neighbors by to check us out for the first time and get to know fellow Democrats better, discuss issues and have a little fun in the sun in the process. This mixer is FREE & open to the public.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/541006902607158/?ref=22

Also, please make sure to sign up for our brand new meetup group. It offers a lot of great functionality to help us manage our community better! Please also stop by there (http://www.meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Democratic-Party/) and RSVP to the event cross-posted there. (You might also find lots of other great group you’d enjoy!)

Note: If you’d like to sponsor a mixer or would like to make a $3 grassroots donation, you can do it online TODAY at this link: http://annarbordems.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7cf851e261671731c849efe&id=c52965c37f&e=8f325a6ada.

Summer Kick-Off Mixer

Summer Kick-Off Mixer

Recruiting Women & Minority Candidates for Elected Office: AA Dems Meeting May 11

Posted on: May 4th, 2013 by Erica Ackerman No Comments

Join us at the Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 North Main Street, 9:30 AM to 12 Noon to learn about an important current issue — Recruiting Diverse Candidates for Elected Office, and learn how to become more engaged in the Party. So far confirmed speakers include:

  • Michigan State Representative Gretchen Driskell
  • Honorable Alma Wheeler Smith
  • Kristy Pagan (Nat’l Foundation for Women Legislators, EMILY’s List, Deb Markowitz for Governor) — Ms. Pagan is also rumored to be a candidate for elected office
  • Yodit Mesfin Johnson (Director of Business Development at NEW Center) — Ms. Mesfin Johnson has earned a reputation as a very dynamic speaker in the nonprofit, business, & political communities
  • Paul Stevenson (Attorney and Administrative Chair for the Justice Caucus)

The Party will also serve a light breakfast (coffee, tea, juice, bagels, fruit, etc.).
* Sponsor a meeting or make a $3 grassroots donation online RIGHT NOW.

Annual AA Dems Chili Cook-Off at the Water Hill Music Festival, May 5 3:00-8:00pm

Posted on: April 10th, 2013 by Erica Ackerman 1 Comment

Please join us for the Annual Chili, Cornbread, & Cole Slaw Cook-Off taking place at the same time as the Water Hill Music Festival

Sunday, May 5, 2013
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Hunt Park
Spring Street and Sunset Road
Ann Arbor

Purchase your tickets online at ActBlue or consider becoming a sponsor. Tickets are $10 in advance. $10 for students & seniors. $15 at the door.

Admission includes all you can eat chili, cornbread, cole slaw, delicious salad, beverages, voting privileges, 300 to 400 friends, & amazing live music.

For more info, to volunteer, or to enter contact Hedieh “Heddy” Briggs 734-904-4264.

To sponsor contact Chairman Mike Henry, mikesoffice@gmail.com, 313-559-5558.

Both the Water Hill Music Festival and Ann Arbor Dems Chili Cook-Off were founded in 2011. Now into the 3rd year for both events — the City of Ann Arbor enjoys a wonderful start to spring with good chili and good music for all. Please join us!


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