Upcoming MDP Best of the West Event


Join MDP for Best of the West 2018 with Special Guest Joe Kennedy, III

September 19th, 2018

Noto’s Old World Italian Dining Grand Rapids, MI

Pre-Reception 6:30 PM

Dinner & Program 7:30 PM

Ticket Link: 



Sponsor Levels & Benefits

  • $5,000 Host Level
  • Preferred seating at the event
  • 4 photos with keynote speaker
  • 1 table of 10
  • 10 tickets to Sponsor Reception
  • Sponsor board sign by Sponsor Reception and at registration


  • $2,500 Platinum Sponsorship Level
  • 2 photos with keynote speaker
  • 1 table of 10
  • 4 tickets to Sponsor Reception
  • Sponsor board sign by Sponsor Reception and registration


  • $1,000 Gold Sponsorship Level
  • 5 Tickets to the Dinner
  • 2 tickets to Sponsor Reception
  • Sponsor board sign at registratio
  • $500 Silver Sponsorship Level
  • 2 Tickets to Sponsor Reception
  • Sponsor board sign at registration


***All funds solicited with this event are by the Michigan Democratic Party and not by Congressman Joe Kennedy, III***

Happy Fourth Of July!

Today signifies America's Independence Day, but it's also important to remember that it signifies so much more than that.  Today Ottawa Dems chose to show our support for OUR Ottawa County Democratic candidates by marching in various parades.  In Allendale Heidi Zuinga for state rep and Jeanette Schipper for state senate walked in the parade!  For more pictures check out our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/OttawaDems/?hc_ref=ARSqN7-a-HJGUR3mUARujNIbWDMneO9KR2Lu8cp_kDYDjdYkGyJUwnGzzbu7jNEBzug

Peters Announces Upcoming Community Meetings

Peters Announces Upcoming Community Meetings

Peters Announces Upcoming Community Meetings 

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced that he is holding four community meetings across Michigan in the coming weeks to provide additional opportunities to hear from constituents. The events are open to the public, and casework staff from Senator Peters’ office will be available to meet with constituents who need help dealing with federal programs and agencies such as Medicare, Social Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the IRS.

“I am proud to represent Michigan in the United States Senate, but I know the best ideas don’t come from Washington. As I travel across our state, I always look forward to hearing from Michiganders about what can be done in Washington to make Michigan the best place to live, work and raise a family,” said Senator Peters. “My office stands ready to aid any Michiganders who may need assistance navigating federal agencies or accessing their benefits, and I encourage residents who may need help to visit with my staff and learn more about how my office can be of service.”

Senator Peters hosts Coffee With Gary in his Washington, D.C. office each week the Senate is in session and rides his motorcycle across the state during his annual #RideMI Motorcycle Tour to meet with constituents, business owners, servicemembers and veterans.

In the U.S. Senate, Peters serves on the Armed Services Committee; Commerce Science and Transportation Committee; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee.

Below are more details on the community meetings. Michiganders interested in attending can RSVP here.


Ypsilanti Community Meeting

Saturday, June 16th at 10:00am

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Grand Rapids Community Meeting

Saturday, June 30th at 10:00am

Gerald Ford Presidential Museum

303 Pearl Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Southfield Community Meeting

Saturday, July 14th at 10:00am

Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology

24675 Lahser Road

Southfield, MI 48033

Flint Community Meeting

Saturday, July 28th at 10:00am

University of Michigan – Flint

303 E. Kearsley Street

Flint, MI  48502



Applications for absentee ballots

Applications for absentee ballots are available now (link to printable application available now).  If you are in need of an absentee ballot please make sure you fill out the application and return it to your LOCAL CLERK for processing.  This will ensure that you receive a ballot when they are sent out before the election.  


BENSON and OTTAWA DEMS in the news.

BENSON and OTTAWA DEMS in the news.

Jocelyn Benson is the 2018 Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State

HOLLAND — From her beginnings at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Jocelyn Benson has always been committed to addressing voting rights issues and protecting democracy.

Benson, the 2018 Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State, spoke at an event hosted by the Ottawa County Democratic Party at City Vu in downtown Holland on Monday evening, May 21.

“I was instilled with this deep commitment to address voting rights and democracy work in our country,” Benson said. “There has been so much work done to protect the vote and there is still so much work to be done.”

From Benson’s perspective, the secretary of state oversees two very important issues for Michigan residents: voting and driving.

Her campaign is based on increasing efficiency at secretary of state offices to ensure no Michigan resident has to wait more than 30 minutes to get their driver’s license, register their vehicle, cast a ballot or get other services.

The first step in cutting down wait times will be to collect data to see which branches are struggling, then implementing best practices across the state.

Employees from efficient branches could be used to train less efficient branches and there are ways to decrease the frequency residents have to come to secretary of state offices, Benson said.

Banning driver fee increases, ensuring secure elections, protecting the right to vote for all citizens and increasing ethics and transparency in the state are the four other pillars of Benson’s campaign.

In 2008, Benson traveled around the country talking to secretaries of state and documenting best practices. Then she authored a book called “State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process” with her findings.

Join Us For BREWS 2.0!

Join Us For BREWS 2.0!

The Ottawa County Democratic Party is planning our 2018 fundraiser - Brews 2.0!! This “political speakeasy” event will provide local Democrats and progressives an opportunity to listen and engage with our two featured speakers:  
Jocelyn Benson, the 2018 Democratic candidate for MI’s Secretary of State; and - a popular repeat from last year’s event - Brandon Dillon, the Michigan Democratic Party State Chairman.

We are gratified to provide local Democrats and progressive activists the opportunity get to know our candidates and state chair in a casual setting for Q&A and brainstorming.

This fundraiser will help provide the resources necessary for our County party to succeed. We will help our candidates - up and down the slate - wage winning campaigns this fall! We are hoping for a repeat of last year’s "Brews With Brandon” event with a sellout crowd!

May we count on you to attend this event, becoming a key player in helping make sure that the West Michigan Lakeshore joins the 2018 BLUE WAVE - and ensuring change in our current political climate? Please go to www.actblue.com/donate/brews2 to purchase your tickets or consider a sponsorship, today!  

Thank you again, and we hope to see you at CityVu Events on May 21!

Monday May 21, 2018 6:30pm
City Vu - Holland
Hors D'ouvres & Cash Bar
Confirmed Speakers: 
---Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State Candidate
---Brandon Dillon, Chair - Michigan Democratic Party

Tickets will be available for purchase via Act Blue online and in person at the Ottawa Dems May meeting.