By Pat Maurer
Democratic hopefuls met some of their supporters at the Ideal Theatre in Clare April 17 for a “Meet the Democratic Candidates Hour to begin planning for the 2014 elections.
Tom Koch, acting Chair of the Clare County Democratic Party and owner of the Ideal Theatre hosted the event and served as emcee, introducing and welcoming each of the speakers.
Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer led off the speeches.
Other speakers at the special forum included including Jeffrey Holmes, US Congressional Representative candidate for the Michigan 4th District; Fred Sprague, 33rd District State Senate candidate; Mark Lightfoot, 97th District State Representative candidate; John Ruggles, 103rd District State Representative candidate; and Garrett Arwa, Executive Director of the Michigan Democratic Party.
The common theme of the speakers was that Democrats are devoted to fighting for a strong middle class, for our children’s future, for our retirees and seniors, and for an economy that works for everyone and to aid our fellow citizens who are most in need.
Following the speeches, the crowd viewed Inequality for All, a compelling non-partisan documentary focused upon why extreme income inequality is such an important topic for our citizens today and for the future of America.
Clare County Commissioner Dale Majewski commented “We need to come together for the common good deal with issues by creating solutions with which we can all live. Residents need to believe that they are truly being heard. I believe that government is effective when it works with the people to form a unified team.”
The members of the Clare County Democratic Party said they were delighted by the turnout of people from across the mid-Michigan region and are looking forward to planning a number of similar events during the election season.
The public is invited to the Clare County Democratic Party meetings which are held on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in Lower Level Meeting Room B of the Clare County Building in Harrison. The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 1st. Contact Tom Koch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 989.239.9953 for more information about the Clare County Democratic Party.