May 4, 2007

Enjoy great food, fellowship and political talk at LIVCO Dems dinner

A gentle reminder that the Livingston County Democratic Party is holding its 24th annual Edwin B. Winans Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hamburg VFW Post, 8891 Spicer Rd., featuring guest speaker Sen. Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit.

The Democratic Party here in Livingston County has grown steadily every year, and it has gone beyond the stale, unfunny joke that the party can hold “its meetings in a phone booth” to being the only political party in Livingston County with their own offices.

The dinner is the party’s biggest source of revenue, and I urge everyone to come out to support the party’s ideals of equal opportunity, justice and liberty. It’s also a great way to celebrate the past year’s victories at both the state and national levels and to enjoy the company of some great, caring people.

There will also be silent auction and a raffle for prizes that continue to get better everyday. The Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door, and tickets can be obtained by calling the Livingston County Democratic Party at (810) 229-4212. You don’t have to be a member of the party to attend, and all comers are welcome.

Clarke is serving his second term in the Senate where he is leading the charge to end discrimination in auto insurance where higher rates are charged for those without college degrees and who work blue collar jobs. He is also introducing hate crime legislation.

Clarke grew up from humble beginnings in a working class neighborhood on Detroit's lower east side to attend an Ivy League university and become an attorney. He was raised alone by his mother, who worked as a school crossing guard, after his father passed away when he was just 8 years old. While in the third grade, tan observant teacher recognized his artistic ability that promoted him to take art classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and it eventually led to a scholarship to Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Clarke then attended Georgetown University Law School. After he received his law degree he returned to Michigan to practice law. He was elected to his first of three terms in the Michigan House in 1990. He unseated an incumbent in the Senate in 2002, and he was reelected last November. In 2005 he was a candidate for Mayor of Detroit.

Clarke serves as the minority vice-chair of the Health Policy Committee and the Commerce and Tourism Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and the Government Operations and Reform Committee.

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