Campaign Office Hours

Please stop by our office at 209 River St. in Elk Rapids for road signs, voter registration materials, and candidate literature. We are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 – 4:00. On September 17, the Women Dems will have their monthly luncheon and program at the Blue Pelican in Central Lake. The speaker will be Liz Kirkwood and her topic will be the Enbridge pipeline in the Mackinaw Straits. Send reservations to

Campaign Office Grand Opening

Please join us on Aug. 25, 2014 for the grand opening of our fall campaign office at 209 River St. in Elk Rapids from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  1st Congressional District candidate, Jerry Cannon, will join us so take advantage of this opportunity to meet our next Congressman.  Refreshments will be served.  There will be an opportunity to sign up to volunteer at the office.

August 11 Luncheon

Our August meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 11. Our guest speaker will be Mary Marois who will speak on the Culture of Poverty but she can branch off into other areas based on our questions. We will again meet at the Blue Pelican in Central Lake at noon and the cost will be $12.00. Please let me know if you have any food restrictions that I can pass along to the restaurant. Please RSVP by Friday, 8/8.  email to:

August 5 Primary election

Be sure to get out and vote in the upcoming primary.  Here is a list of our endorsed candidates.

Gary Peters – U.S. Senate

Jerry Cannon – U.S. 1st Congresssional District

 Mark Schauer – Governor

Lisa Brown — Lt. Governor

Mark Totten – Attorney General

 — Secretary of State

 Dr. Phil Bellfy  – 37th Senate District

Jay Calo – 105th House District

June events

June 18, 2014

Join the Antrim Women Dems and Friends for lunch at noon at the Blue Pelican in Central Lake.  The speaker will be Deb Cherry from Flint.  Send reservations to Chris at

June 25, 2014

Ice Cream Social at the Rotary Park in Elk Rapids to coincide with the summer kick off of Wednesdays on River Street.  Stop by for ice cream from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  We hope to have some of the area candidates who are running for office.  Also in place of a formal fundraiser,  we will be accepting contributions for the fall campaign season.

Lon Johnson speaks to the Antrim Dems

We had a great turn out of 30 people who came to hear Lon map out the MDP strategy to win big in the fall elections.  His stop in Elk Rapids was just one of several throughout seven counties in northern Michigan.  His enthusiasm and commitment was an inspiration to us all.

May events

May 14, 2014.  Join us for lunch and a program at noon at the Blue Pelican Inn and Restaurant in Central Lake.  Our speaker will be Deb Lake who is the Director of the Traverse City Film Festival and State Theater.  She will tell us about the upcoming 10th anniversary TCFF and the  latest happenings at the State and Bijou.  Send reservation requests to

May 21, 2014.  Join us at noon for a chance to meet Lon Johnson, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, as he travels through northern Michigan on a listening tour.  He will be at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall on River St. in Elk Rapids.  No reservations required and light refreshments will be served.

May 21, 2014.  Our monthly meeting will be held after the event with Lon Johnson.  Plan to attend to discuss summer plans for fundraising and community events.

Presidents Day Luncheon on Feb. 17, 2014

Our first luncheon of the year will be on President’s Day, February 17 at the Blue Pelican and will focus on the Affordable Care Act. Our speaker will be Nicole Cyr, from the NW Health Department, who is a fellow CAC for the ACA (Certified Application Counselor for the Affordable Care Act).

Lunch will be at noon followed by the program. The cost is $12 to be paid at the door. Please make reservations by emailing Chris Harvey at

November Food Drive

Congratulations to all of the volunteers who helped to make this last Food Drive a record setting event!  We collected a total of $4183, $600 more than our second highest collection.  Cash donations were collected at the Village Market in Elk Rapids, Glen’s Market in Bellaire, and Glen’s Market in Mancelona.

Dec. 4, 2013 ACDP meeting

Please plan to attend the end of the year executive board meeting to be held at Moka in Bellaire at 5:00pm.  We will order dinner off their menu first and then have the business meeting.  One of the main topics of discussion will be fundraising for the 2014 elections.

Nov. 5 Women Dems luncheon

Our last luncheon of the year is coming up this week on Tuesday at noon at the Blue Pelican in Central Lake.  We are going to elect new officers and discuss program ideas for 2014.  If that doesn’t make for lively conversation, we can always talk politics.

Oct. 15 Women Dems Luncheon

Our speaker will be Amy Beyer, Director of the Conservation Resource Alliance in Traverse City since 1992. In 1968, CRA was established with one goal – to preserve and protect northern Michigan’s waterways, wildlife, and forests for future generations. Amy will update us on current projects such as the Boardman River Dam and recent grants for sustaining our Great Lakes. The program will take place at the Blue Pelican Inn and Restaurant in Central Lake at noon on October 15, 2013. The cost is $12 to be paid at the door.  Please make your reservations by emailing Marilyn Cobb at by October 10/10.

September 12 luncheon

Our September luncheon is next week on 9/12 so make your reservations now by emailing Bobbie Walton from the Michigan chapter of NOW will speak about the effort to reform the redistricting of our state. The event will begin at noon and the cost is $12 to be paid at the door.

Join Senator Gretchen Whitmer for coffee on Aug. 23

Senator Whitmer will join the Antrim Co. Dems and Friends for coffee on Aug. 23 at 9:00 AM in the Old Council Chambers at 321 Bridge St. in Elk Rapids.  She will share an update on legislative activity in Lansing and take questions from the audience.  No reservations are required for this important opportunity in northern Michigan.

Great turnout for Mark Schauer and Jerry Cannon

Over 50 people attended the meet and greet in Elk Rapids today for Mark Schauer who is our Democratic candidate for governor.  Jerry Cannon, Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District also came and spoke briefly.  It was a great kickoff to the 2014 campaigns.

Mark Schauer in Elk Rapids on Aug. 12

Meet and greet the Democratic candidate for Governor at Rotary Park in Elk Rapids on Aug. 12 from noon – 1:00 pm.

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet Mark Schauer, former Battle Creek Congressman. Listen as he shares where he stands on health care reform, public education, PAC’s, Right to Work, and environmental issues. These are just a few of many concerns for citizens of our state.  He is eager to hear from Antrim county residents….    This is your chance to share your feelings on issues!  The event will take place rain or shine.

Sen. Whitmer canceled, new speaker for July 30

Senator Whitmer had to cancel because of legislative duties in Lansing, but we have a new speaker.  Jerry Cannon of Fife Lake has recently declared his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District to oppose Dan Benishek in 2014.  Please plan to attend and share your concerns for the 1st District with this well qualified candidate.  Reservations should be made by July 24 by emailing

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer to speak

Please join us on July 30, 2013 for the important opportunity to meet with our Democratic leader in Lansing, Senator Gretchen Whitmer.  The luncheon will begin at noon at the Blue Pelican Inn and Restaurant in Central Lake, and Sen. Whitmer will speak at 1:00.  Reservations are required by July 24 and can be made by emailing Chris Harvey at .   The cost is $12 to be paid at the door.

Women Dems Luncheon on June 18, 2013

The Women Dems will have their June luncheon at the Blue Pelican Inn in Central Lake at noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.  The speaker will be Jan Mancinelli, Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan in Petoskey.  Please email your reservations to by June 13.

Women Dems luncheon on May 22, 2013

The May meeting of the Antrim County Women Democrats will be Wednesday, May 22 at noon at the Blue Pelican in Central Lake. The cost of the lunch will be $12.00.Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 15 to

Our speaker this month will be Amy Burk, executive director of the Communities in Schools organization in Mancelona. This is part of a national network and one of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organizations. It is the only Communities in Schools site in Northern Michigan although there are seven more throughout Michigan. The Ironmen Health Center, mentoring programs, and the Ironmen College Access Network are among their programs to help students be successful.
This sounds like a good program and I hope you will be able to attend. Again,it is at noon on 5/22 and please RSVP by 5/15.

Women Dems luncheon on April 24, 2013

Please join us at noon on April 24, 2013 for lunch at the Blue Pelican Inn and Restaurant in Central Lake.  Our speaker will be Andrew Sahara , PhD., Director of Clinical Services, North Country Community Mental Health. His topic will be “The Value of Mental Health Services.”  Email Chris Harvey at with your reservation.

MDP staff member speaks at Moka’s

Kevin Hrit, Political Organizing Director for the Michigan Democratic Party, presented a workshop to over 25 area party members at Moka’s in Bellaire on March 28, 2013.  He stressed the importance of setting goals and getting organized now for the next election cycle in 2014.  There will be several offices up for election including the governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Michigan Senate and House, Supreme Court, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and the all important local races for municipal offices.

March ACDP meeting at Moka’s

Join us on March 28, 2013 at 5:00 at Moka’s in Bellaire to hear our speaker, Kevin Hrit, MDP Political Organizations Department Director.  Kevin will speak on his role in helping county partys win elections, county voting patterns, framing hot button issues, and building a field of candidates for local offices.

Call to action

If this video does not spur you to action (calling, emailing,) Gov. Snyder and your congressperson….. nothing will.  It is from the Rachel Maddow show….. known liberal….. but so well done.  Watch the whole video.  (about 5 minutes) Michigan wins award as most  crazy state, not something we should be proud of.

 Please flood their offices with your thoughts about changing the electoral college counting to let the majority votes lose the electoral count.

New Officers and Executive Committee elected

New officers and executive committee members were elected at the Dec. 13, 2012 meeting in Bellaire.  See About for the results.  The party will continue to meet on the fourth Monday of the month throughout the winter.  Our party membership stands at 206 members.

December 13, 2012 election of officers

Please mark your calendars now to attend the important election of officers and Executive Committee on Dec. 13, 2012 at the county building in Bellaire.  That will be the last monthly meeting of the Antrim County Democrats until next spring.

Thanks to all our volunteers

Thanks to all our volunteers who helped out during the campaign.  Nov. 6 was a great day to be a Democrat!  Now that we have President Obama re-elected, we need to stay involved and let our politicians know what we think about the important issues of the day.  Keep writing those letters to the editor in the local newspapers.  Keep writing to your state and federal politicians.

Gary McDowell at ER office

Gary McDowell will be at our Elk Rapids Dem office on River St. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm.  He’s making his final campaign swing through the U.P. and lower peninsula so please stop by and show your support.

Get Out the Vote

We need people to volunteer the last few days of the campaign, both at the office and out in the field.  Please email Karen Bradley at  if you can make phone calls or knock on doors.   We want to keep the office open every day from Nov. 1 -6, and we need some more volunteers to help us do it.  Do you have an Obama yard sign?  If not, we still have several at the office.

Get Out The Vote event

Hello Antrim Democrats!!
It’s hard to believe, but GOTV will be here in 2 weeks!
We will be EXTENDING our phone banking & knocking doors, from our Elk Rapids Office, to these 4 important days:
1) Saturday, November 3, 10 AM to 8 PM!
2) Sunday, November 4, 11 AM to 6 PM!
3) Monday, November 5, 10 AM to 8 PM!
4) Tuesday, November 6, 10 AM to 8 PM!
I have a small team of dedicated callers & walkers, but I need more of you to give a little help on these FOUR FINAL DAYS!
We need to reach out & encourage as many people as we can, to get out there & VOTE!
Remember, EVERY vote for Gary McDowell counts & we need to DEFEAT, “Dr. Dan!”
We need to shout out our enthusiasm for the, “SUPREMES,” (Kelly, Johnson & McCormick), for our Michigan Supreme Ct!
Yes, we are tired of negative ads, and robo-calls, and flyers in the mail, but we are MORE tired of Republicans in positions of power!
Please call me with the days & times you can help. And I will be calling YOU, as well! (231-313-6850)  or email at
Karen Bradley

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to make phone calls and canvas for Gary McDowell every Monday from 4:00 – 8:00 at the ACDP office in Elk Rapids.  Just show up and and bring your cell phone and good walking shoes.

October 9, 2012 Women Dems Luncheon

Our next luncheon will be at noon at the Blue Pelican Inn and Restaurant in Central Lake on Oct. 9, 2012.  Jocelyn Benson, former candidate for Secretary of State and Democratic activist, will be certain to fire us up for the November election.  Make your reservations by emailing  The cost of $12 will be paid at the door.

Women in the House (or Senate) event

The Antrim Co. Women Dems are hosting a dinner and panel discussion on women’s issues on September 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the Blue Pelican Banquet Room on E. Torch Lake Dr.  Over 50 people have already made reservations, and you can, too, by contacting  Dinner will be $15 and there will be an open bar.

Stop by the office and sign up to volunteer

Stop by the office for coffee on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10:00 – 2:00 and sign up to volunteer.  Or just stop by to visit with your fellow Dems and rave about the DNC convention.  We were there today and had a great time discussing last night’s speeches especially Michelle Obama’s.  We have bumper stickers, yard signs, and lots of literature about local and state candidates.

Campaign office opens

Courtesy of Elk Rapids News 8/16/12

A good crowd enjoyed coffe and donuts on 8/23/12 at our grand opening of the office at 209 River St. in Elk Rapids.  Several new Dems stopped by and introduced themselves so it was a successful event.  We have Obama yard signs now and lots of campaign literature for Michigan candidates.  We’ll be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 – 2:00 and need volunteers to be there in 2 hour shifts.  Stop by during open hours to sign up or email  Click on Calendar on the menu bar to see the current sign-up sheet.  Our office phone number is 231 735-7043.

Elk Rapids campaign office to open on Aug. 22

We will open our new campaign office at 209 River St. in Elk Rapids on Aug. 22 at 10:00.  Our hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm.  Volunteers are needed to cover the hours in 2 hour shifts.  Contact Marilyn Cobb at and she will add your name to the calendar on our website.

Women Dems and Friends luncheon this week

All are welcome to attend our luncheon and program this week on Thursday, August 16, at noon at the Blue Pelican Inn and Restaurant in Central Lake.  Our speakers will be Judge Connie Kelley, candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court, and Lon Johnson, candidate for the 103rd District.  Please email to make reservations.  The $12 lunch cost will be taken at the door.

When Fracking Comes to Town: LIVING IN GASLAND

Want to learn more about fracking?  Don’t miss this interesting first-hand account:  When Fracking Comes to Town: LIVING IN GASLAND, with former mayor of Dish TX,Calvin Tillman.

You’ll have four opportunities to hear Cal talk about his personal experiences with horizontal fracturing. Find the one nearest you and plan to be there:

Friday, August 3, 2012, 7:00 pm – Harbor Springs. Harbor Springs High School Auditorium, 500 N Spring St. With special performances by Breathe Owl Breathe and Yesway.

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 11:00 am – Gaylord. Otsego County Building Alpine Center, 800 Livingston Blvd.

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 5:00 pm – Charlevoix. Charlevoix Public Library, 200 Clinton St.

Sunday, August 5, 2012, 10:30 am – Traverse City. Horizon Books, 243 East Front St.

Cal Tillman, who describes himself as a conservative, battled to protect his town, Dish, Texas, from the devastating health and environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas. Hear Tillman’s story, profiled in the movie Gasland.

Tens of thousands of fracking wells are planned in Michigan. The technology is exempt from certain water protection regulations, raising concerns about the ability to assure its safety, and the health of the Great Lakes watershed.

This event is sponsored by Don’t Frack Michigan, with the Friends of the Jordan, Trout Gorillas, NMEAC, FLOW for Water, WATCH, MCWC, Food and Water Watch, North Woods Yoga, Health Awareness Center, and the Gaylord 99%.

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Auction and Fundraiser Party

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the online auction, live auction, and party on July 17, 2012.  We met our goals for the fall campaign season and can now look forward to providing support for our local and statewide Democratic candidates.  We’ll also be opening an office in Elk Rapids by September so check out our website to stay informed.  Also check the calendar for event postings.

Welcome to the Antrim County Dems


Go to page of Auctions for…  VacationsArtPerformancesLessonsDelicious Dinners & Food Items,  Lake Rides and a Road TripHouse & GardenPoliticalClothing & AccessoriesMiscellaneous

Live Auction Party on July 17, 2012.  Please email for reservations or call 231 322-4622.


You can download an updated Auction Catalog to review the items that will be available at the July 17th event in the silent and live auctions.