Mar 2, 2010

Help end one party rule in Livco

One party rule in Livingston County has thumbed its nose at helping veterans and turned its back on economic develop projects that bring jobs, like mass transit, but there is a chance to change that.

The Livingston County Democratic Party is in the midst of recruiting candidates to fill all partisan races in 2010, and towards that end the party is sponsoring a seminar tonight headlined by two men who are familiar with winning in predominately Republican areas.

Former state Representative and current Oakland County Commissioner Dave Woodward and Rep. Marc Corriveau, D- Northville, will give candidates tips on how to turn the tide here. Corriveau won the seat in 20th District held by a Republican on his second try in 2006, and he is currently a candidate for the Senate seat in the 7th district currently held by term-limited Sen. Bruce Patterson, R-Canton.

It has been reported that Woodward is in discussions with the campaign of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero about becoming the campaign manager for his run at the Democratic nomination for Michigan Governor.

Democrats in the county have made steady but slow progress in gaining members, but they still do not have a single Democrat on the nine-member Board of Commissioners. In 2008, for example, President Barack Obama carried 43 percent of the vote in our county compared to the 36 percent won by Kerry in 2004. The local party is growing in organizational skills, campaign tools and volunteers. The party is better-equipped than ever before to help candidates win elections.

Running for office can be one of the best experiences in your life. Win or lose, the campaign will leave you a smarter, stronger person with lots of new friends.

The seminar will kick off at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday March 2 at party headquarters, 10321 E. Grand River, Suite 600, Brighton.

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