2nd Annual Livingston Dems’ Wild Game Dinner, Golf Scramble Will Help Vets’ Groups

Livingston County Democrats’ popular Wild Game Dinner and Golf Scramble is back!

The second annual event will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at Hartland GIen Golf Course, 12400 W Highland Rd, Hartland, MI 48353. Proceeds will be shared with Stiggy’s Dogs, a Howell Township organization that provides support dogs to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and other local veterans groups.

“Last year’s event was extremely popular. People were excited about the opportunity to help Stiggy’s Dogs and to support those who sacrificed so much for our country,” said Judy Daubenmier, Livingston County Democratic Party chair.

“People also enjoyed the chance to try foods that they may not usually see on their dinner plates. We’re hoping this year’s event is even bigger and better than last year’s and we invite you to come out and have some fun while helping local vets.”

Daubenmier said the party hopes to raise at least $1,000 for Stiggy’s Dogs and an additional amount for other veterans groups.

During the day, Stiggy’s Dogs will provide a demonstration of the way their dogs assist veterans.  

Reservations for the golf scramble and dinner are $75 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, cash bar, silent auction, and dinner. Offerings in the silent auction will include unusual hand-made crafts from around the world including carvings and jewelry. 

Sign-in for golf will begin at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The buffet dinner will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations for the golf scramble and buffet dinner must be placed by Sept. 15. Reservations for the dinner only are $25 per person and must be made by Sept. 20. A limited numbered of walk-ins may be accommodated the day of the event. Hole sponsorships are available for $50 per hole.

The menu for the buffet dinner includes moose burgers, pheasant, and grilled alligator tail, as well as roasts of moose, buffalo, and venison, plus all the trimmings.  

Reservations may be made by sending a check to Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Please indicate whether the check is for dinner only or the golf and dinner combination and include the names of the
golfers or diners, as well as contact information for the team captain. The party will also pair up golfers who do not have a foursome.

No cash may be accepted, but reservations may also be made with a credit card on ActBlue, the online clearinghouse for Democratic causes, at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/2014wildgame. 

The event is part of local Democrats’ community outreach, Daubenmier said.

Besides working in the political arena, Livingston County Democrats regularly collect U.S. postage stamps, prepaid phone cards, socks, underwear, and other items for patients at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. Each holiday season, the party also collects donations of cash and non-perishable food for Gleaners Community Food Bank. And its members participate three times a year in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s roadside cleanup program known as Adopt-a-Highway.

“A core value for Democrats is helping make our community a better place to live. The Wild Game Dinner and Golf Scramble is a fun way to put our values into action. It is especially exciting for us to give a helping hand to those who sacrificed so much serving our nation and now need our help,” Daubenmier said.

For more information on the Wild Game Dinner and Golf Scramble, contact party headquarters at (810) 229-4212 or livcodems@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Printed in-house. Labor donated.)
Speaker on Minimum Wage at Livingston Dems’ Meeting

A leader in a group seeking to put an increase in the minimum wage on the November ballot will speak at the next meeting of the Livingston County Democratic Party.

Frank Houston, treasurer of Raise Michigan, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at party headquarters, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, in Brighton.

The meeting is open to all Democrats in the county. Light refreshments will be served. The party’s regular business meeting will follow.

Raise Michigan has collected enough signatures to put a measure on the November ballot that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over three years. The group is continuing to collect signatures in order to ensure it has enough valid signatures.

Meanwhile, a measure is moving through the Legislature that would raise the minimum wage and repeal the existing minimum wage statute, making the ballot measure moot.

For more information, call (810) 229-4212 or email livcodems@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Committee, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Printed in-house. Labor donated.)
Act Soon -- Tickets for Winans Dinner Nearly Gone!

More speakers have been added to the lineup for Livingston County Dems' 31st annual Winans Dinner.

But  if you want to see them, you need to act fast. Tickets are nearly gone!

Mark Schauer, a Howell native who is the Democratic candidate for governor, will provide the keynote address for the May 16 event at Lakelands Golf and Country Club. 
Mark Schauer

"We're excited to welcome Mark back to Livingston County and we're thrilled to have someone from our county at the top of the party's ticket in 2014," said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party.

Besides Mark Schauer, the evening will feature appearances by all four candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 8th Congressional District; remarks by Mark Totten, candidate for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, and remarks by Garrett Arwa, executive director of the Michigan Democratic Party.

"This event is not only a chance to hear the vision of the top of our party's ticket but also an opportunity to hear from other statewide candidates, the eventual congressional nominee, and get the inside scoop from party leaders in Lansing," Daubenmier said.

The party has selected "We Vote, We Win" as the theme of the evening. 
Mark Totten

"It's a simple equation -- when Democrats turn out to vote, Democratic candidates win. Our challenge is to turn out people who voted in 2012 but stayed home in 2010. The results of that low-turnout election have been disastrous for Michigan working families, with local schools losing $1 billion in state aid, seniors paying taxes on their pensions, and our roads being allowed to crumble."

The Democratic candidates for the 8th District will each address the crowd. They are Ken Darga of Lansing, an economist who retired last year as the demographer for the State of Michigan; Susan Grettenberger of Lansing, an associate professor and director of social work at Central Michigan University; Jeff Hank of East Lansing, a constitutional rights attorney, and Eric Schertzing of East Lansing, Ingham County Treasurer.

Totten, of Kalamazoo, is a former federal prosecutor and a professor of law at Michigan State University. He has made justice for victims, preventing crime, protecting families from foreclosure, and ensuring ethics and transparency in government key parts of his campaign.
Also speaking will be the state party's executive director, Garrett Arwa. Before coming to work for the state party, Arwa served as the Constituency Director for President Obama's re-election campaign and also ran the Michigan Coordinated Campaign. He also served as state director for the first year of the president's re-election campaign. 
Garrett Arwa

Candidates for state and local office also will be on hand, including Shari Pollesch, candidate for 22nd State Senate; Tim Johnson, candidate for 42nd State House; Jordan Genso, candidate for 47th State House, and many of the party's candidates for all nine of the Livingston County Commission districts.

Susan Grettenberger, PhD, is an associate professor and the director of social work at Central Michigan University. Susan Grettenberger, PhD, is an associate professor and the director of social work at Central Michigan University. The Winans Dinner will be Friday, May 16, at Lakelands Golf and Country Club, 8760 Chilson Rd., Hamburg Township. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The evening includes valet parking, a non-hosted bar, snacks, live music, sit-down dinner, dessert, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $65 per person, but only a limited number remain. Reservations may be made three ways -- by emailing livcodems@gmail.com with the number of tickets and the names of the attendees and then paying at the door by check; by sending a check made out to Livingston County Democrats to party headquarters, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116, or by pre-paying with a credit card through ActBlue at

Please include the names of attendees so that name tags can be prepared. Due to campaign finance laws, the party cannot accept cash. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available with advance notice.

The dinner is named in honor of Democrat Edwin B. Winans, who lived in Hamburg Township and was governor of Michigan from 1891 to 1893. He died in Hamburg Township and is buried in Hamburg Cemetery.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Printed in-house, labor donated.)

Howell Township Trustee to Seek County Commission Seat


Howell Township Trustee Michael Tipton, who has been a leader in exploring what local governments can do about potential fracking operations, has announced he will run for a seat on the Livingston County Commission.

Tipton, of Howell Township, filed his nomination papers on April 9 for the Democratic nomination for the District 5 County Commission seat. District 5 includes the City of Howell and Cohoctah and Howell Townships.

"Our county commission needs to be a voice for the concerns most important to the citizens of our diverse district -- from better roads, to public safety, to a clean environment. I want to be that voice," he said.

The only Democrat in the race, Tipton has been working in a bipartisan fashion on the Howell Township board, which includes Democrats, Republicans, and an independent. Once in dire financial straits due to infrastructure projects in subdivisions that were never finished, Tipton and the board have worked together to successfully manage the township's finances.

"A township board that reflects the balance of our community is working in Howell Township and it will work at the county level, too. We went from the threat of having an Emergency Manager to now having full fiscal stability – without raising taxes or fees" Tipton said.

In 2013, Tipton ran against Republican Don Parker Esq. after Commissioner Jay Drick resigned before his term even began.

"Last year in the special election Mr. Parker spent over $10,000 telling us that the only issue that mattered in Livingston County was a low tax rate. This year he has not only supported a $14 million jail millage that will increase taxes, he has taken a leadership role to promote this tax increase for a cause that has no return on investment and will do nothing to stimulate the economic growth we need," Tipton said.

"At the same time, he has insisted the county can do nothing about improving our roads, keeping road patrols by sheriff deputies, and responding to the threat of fracking, even though the people are demanding action on all three. I strongly believe the county commission can influence these important issues and I am willing to fight to have these issues addressed."

Tipton has served on the Howell Township Board of Trustees since November 2012. He serves as the township's liaison with Livingston County's Spencer J. Hardy airport, ran the township's Clean-up/Recycling Day, and has pushed for the township to sell land rather than raise taxes to cover the cost of bonds for water and sewer projects in subdivisions that were never finished during the recession.

In the face of a surprise fracking operation in Conway Township, Tipton urged townships to explore options for regulating activities and worked within Howell Township to assure laws were in place to discourage and control fracking activity within its borders.

Tipton moved to the City of Howell in 2003 and bought a home in Howell Township in 2004 while commuting to his job as Purchasing Manager for Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) in Lansing. From 2007 to 2011 he held Purchasing Agent positions with SNC-Lavalin and Bechtel Corp, working on power and nuclear clean-up projects from Washington State to Minnesota, Canada, and Dubai and points in between. Prior to that, Tipton received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Missouri and for 20 years held progressively more responsible procurement positions with McDonnell Douglas Corp. (now Boeing) in St. Louis, MO, Long Beach, and San Jose, CA.

Now retired, Mike is married and his wife, Judith, is the Associate Director of Development for Michigan State University’s School of Human Medicine. They have four grown children and two adorable granddaughters.

Anyone wishing more information about the campaign may contact Tipton at mtipton49@gmail.com or call 517-672-0556.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Committee, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Labor donated. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.)

Brighton Township Man Running for County Commission

A Brighton Township man who says he is concerned with the bare-bones direction of the Livingston County Commission has announced his candidacy for a seat on the commission.

Bruce Schneider filed his nominating papers as a Democrat for County Commission District 1 with the Livingston County Clerk’s office on April 7.

“I am very concerned about the direction our county commission is taking. It appears we are headed toward a county government that only wants to do the bare minimum regardless of the needs in our community," Schneider said.

Schneider pointed to comments made recently by Commission Chair Carol Griffiths that the commission plans to eliminate non-mandated services, including road patrols, in order to pay for operating a new jail.

"Where are they going with this philosophy? How many things are we going to lose? They don't take care of the roads already. If they take away road patrols by deputy sheriffs, who's going to come when you need police services, when you have a car accident? Many of our communities are small and can't afford their own police protection and the state police doesn't have the staff to respond," he said, adding that leaves Livingston County residents vulnerable.

Schneider said the bare-bones approach the county commission is proposing could also threaten social services, such as mental health services and services for the elderly. "They are totally losing the concept of what government is supposed to do," he said.

A veteran of 27 years in law enforcement for Wayne County government, Schneider said those years gave him an understanding of how county government works and wants to bring that experience to the county commission.

Schneider currently is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Administration National Disaster Response Team.

His career includes 21 years for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, where he rose to the rank of police lieutenant, responsible for traffic patrol and investigations, field training and executive protections with managerial responsibilities for a staff of 110.

Schneider also worked 6 years as a police executive lieutenant for Wayne County Airport Police. In that position, he was responsible for support services, the water rescue team, and critical incident response. As a commanding officer he was responsible for planning and control of the 120- member Airport Uniform Police Division, which had a budget of $5.5 million.

After Sept. 11, 2011, Schneider spent four years working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an assistant federal security director for the region of northwest Ohio. He had final authority for the full range of managerial responsibilities for a staff of 95 and held a federal security clearance.

Schneider received numerous awards and commendations for meritorious service from the communities and departments in which he served.

Schneider is a member of the Livingston County Red Cross Disaster Response Team and is a past member of the Northwest Ohio Regional Federal Anti-Terrorism Task Force, Toledo Emergency Management Board, Lucas County Ohio Emergency Management Committee, and the University of Findley and University of Toledo Academic advisory committees.  He is a past president of the Adams Elementary (Livonia) Parent-Teachers Association, Livonia Swim Club,   and Lake 13 Farwell Mi. Home Owners Association. He also has coached basketball for 6 years and enjoys a hobby of amateur bee-keeping.

Schneider received a master’s degree in management from Eastern Michigan University in 2000. In 1997, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University’s Police Staff and Command School.  

Schneider has been married for 38 years to his wife Amelia. The couple have lived in Brighton Township since 2006 and have three adult children who live and work in the Livingston County area, and one grandson. Schneider is a member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton.

County Commission District 1 includes the city of Brighton and all of Brighton Township except the southern third, containing the precincts of 3, 5, and 8.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Committee, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Labor donated. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.)





Mark Schauer, Michigan's next governor, will deliver the keynote address at Livingston County Democrats' 31st annual Winans Dinner!

The Friday, May 16, event represents a homecoming for Mark, who was born and grew up in Howell.

"We're excited that Mark Schauer will join us for our largest gathering of the year and to kick off the summer and fall campaign for 2014! " said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democrats. "Coming from a community like Howell, Mark represents the very best of Michigan's values.

"Having the Democratic Party's gubernatorial candidate from our county will spur us to do everything we possibly can to turn out the vote for him in November.

"That's why we have made 'We Vote, We Win' the theme of our 2014 dinner. It's a simple equation -- when Democrats turn out to vote, Democratic candidates win."

Daubenmier said the party is determined to avoid a repeat of the 2010 election results, when some Democratic voters stayed away from the polls and Republicans won control of Michigan state government. The results have been disastrous for Michigan working families, with local schools losing $1 billion, seniors paying taxes on their pensions, and our roads being allowed to crumble.

The Winans Dinner is a key part of making sure our party and our candidates have the resources they need to win in November and reverse those policies, Daubenmier said.

Mark's solid middle-class background growing up in Howell is a perfect fit for Livingston County. His father was a teacher and his mother a nurse. He played high school football at the linebacker position and graduated as his class valedictorian in 1980. To put himself through Albion College, Mark pumped gas and flipped hamburgers. Besides a bachelor of arts degree from Albion College, Mark also has a master's degree from Western Michigan University and a master's from Michigan State University.

When Michigan’s economy took a beating and his neighbors were struggling, Mark made it his life’s mission to help them fight back. He ran a nonprofit agency in Calhoun County with over 200 employees – which helped seniors and children, and provided unemployed workers the tools to get back on their feet.

In 1994, Mark took his fight for his community to the next level, serving on the Battle Creek City Commission. Mark served in the Michigan House from 1997-2003 and in the Michigan Senate from 2003-2009, where he was elected by his peers to the post of Minority Leader. As a state lawmaker, Mark earned a reputation for fighting back against the outsourcing of Michigan jobs.

Mark was elected to represent Michigan’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, where he was instrumental in passing tougher Buy American laws, helping to rescue the auto industry, ensuring quality health care for millions, and working to make college more affordable for middle-class families.

Mark and his wife, Christine, live in Battle Creek. Mark spends his free time herding his rescue dogs, Shelia and Shep, and chasing after his five grandchildren. His father, Robert; sister, Anne, and her family still live in Howell.

The dinner will also be an excellent chance to meet Livingston County's local candidates as well, including Shari Pollesch, Democratic candidate for the 22nd State Senate seat; Timothy Johnson, Democratic candidate for the 42nd State House seat; Jordan Genso, Democratic candidate for the 47th State House seat, as well as candidates for Livingston County Commission. Candidates for the 8th Congressional District seat have been invited as well.

The Winans Dinner will be held at Lakelands Golf and Country Club, 8760 Chilson Road, in Hamburg Township. It begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Included are live music, valet parking, a cash bar, snacks, a sit-down meal, dessert, and silent auction. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available with advance notice.

Early-bird tickets are $55 per person if reserved by April 18. Tickets reserved after that date are the regular price of $65 per person. Student tickets are $20.  You may reserve tickets and pay on-line with a credit card through ActBlue, a clearinghouse for Democratic causes, using this link: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/2014winans. Have your name listed in the program as a patron by adding just $15 per name.

Or you may send a check to Livingston County Democrats, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Please include the number of tickets, and the names of attendees so that name tags can be prepared.
If you would prefer to pay at the door, email livcodems@gmail.com, giving the number of tickets you would like and the names of attendees so that nametags can be printed. Checks only at the door. We regret that campaign finance laws do not allow us to accept cash.
Reserve soon to qualify for the reduced early-bird rate!

 (Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Labor donated. Donations are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.)


Brighton-Area Democrat Running for 42nd State House Seat!

A teacher with nearly 20 years of experience in special education has announced that he will run for the Democratic nomination for the 42nd House seat in Livingston County.

Timothy Johnson said Friday he is planning to file his papers for the Democratic nomination with the Livingston County Clerk's office soon.

"The quality of life is no longer improving for 99 percent of the people in Michigan. A few powerful special interests are dictating state policy and private morality for the majority. I want to reverse those trends by speaking up for the rest of us," he said.

Johnson said he would use his skills as a teacher to develop a community that wants to work together for the common good rather than be divided by partisan differences.
"I have met many great folks here in Livingston County.  Most of them I would be proud to call my neighbor. However, there are many I have not met. While there is much that we share, I fear there are too many issues on which some of us disagree and we have allowed these to fester to the point we are no longer able to communicate.  I would like to see us all come together as a community and strengthen our common bonds rather than accentuating our differences," he said.

The most critical issues facing the area, Johnson said, are more funding for public schools; increasing spending for Michigan infrastructure, including roads and bridges, and protecting the environment, especially greater regulation of fracking.

"The policies of Lansing Republicans are stealing our children's education at the K-12 level and placing the cost of higher education out of the reach of many of them," he said.
Education policies dictated from Lansing are erasing local control and promoting a style of teaching that replaces the development of critical thinking skills with memorizing facts, Johnson said.

Johnson teaches at the Detroit Behavior Institute/Capstone Academy, which is a 98-bed residential facility that treats children with mental health and related disorders. Some have been ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment by the juvenile courts while others have been referred by the state's child welfare system.

He previously taught at Hawthorn Psychiatric Center for four years, where he was union representative for UAW Local 600 for two years.

Johnson grew up in Taylor, Mich., graduated from local public schools, and worked in a local steel mill and owned an automotive body repair business from 1982 to 1986. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in education and writing from Eastern Michigan University in 1995.

His wife Mary Melissa graduated from Brighton High School. They have been married 12 years, have three children, and have lived in Genoa Township for two years. He has been a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association since 1990 and is a former competitive shooter with the Police Pistol Combat League.

Anyone wishing more information about Johnson's campaign may contact him at TBJ4MIhouse@gmail.com or follow his campaign on Facebook at Timothy Johnson 4 Michigan House (https://www.facebook.com/TBJ4MIHOUSE).

Johnson is the only Democrat to announce for the 42nd House District, which  includes the city of Brighton and the townships of Brighton, Genoa, Green Oak, Hamburg, and Putnam.
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