Joe Biden

President of the United States

Our Best Days are Still Ahead is Joe Biden’s slogan. Joe is the Party’s presumptive nominee and will go head to head against Trump. Joe is a highly respected lifelong public servant who has the support of both Democrats and Republicans.

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Nancy Coscarelli


Gary Peters

US Senator

In the U.S. Senate, Gary serves on the Armed Services Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee. He is focused on strengthening our middle class by protecting access to quality, affordable health care, preparing our kids for the jobs of tomorrow and helping small businesses grow. Gary and his wife Colleen are the proud parents of three, a son and two daughters, and live in Oakland County.

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Campaign Committee: Peters For Michigan, PO Box 32072 Detroit, MI 48244

Peters Local Office:

818 Red Drive
Suite 40
Traverse City, MI 49684 
(231) 947-7773

Mary McCormack

Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme court

Chief Justice McCormack was a professor and associate dean at Michigan Law, the University of Michigan law school, where she taught criminal law, legal ethics and various clinical courses. In her role as associate dean she launched many clinical programs, in which students represent Michiganders who can’t afford lawyers including a Pediatric Health Advocacy Clinic, a Domestic Violence Clinic, a Juvenile Justice Clinic, and the Michigan Innocence Clinic, the first non-DNA Innocence Clinic in the country. To date, the Michigan Innocence Clinic has exonerated 22 men and women.

Learn more about Bridget Mary McCormack HERE

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Committee to Reelect Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, PO Box 1801, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Elizabeth Welch

Michigan Supreme Court

Elizabeth is an attorney, dedicated public servant and a fighter for justice.  A bridge builder and a fierce advocate, Elizabeth is ready to bring her diverse experience to the highest court in our state.

• Attorney serving individuals, nonprofits & small businesses

• Counsel helping municipalities recover costs of opioid epidemic

• Long-time East Grand Rapids School Board Trustee

• Former President of Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Learn more about Elizabeth Welch HERE

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Committee to Elect Elizabeth Welch for Michigan Supreme Court, PO Box 68413, Grand Rapids, MI 49516

Dan O'Neil is running for the Michigan State House, 104th District, which represents all of Grand Traverse County. Dan and his wife live in Traverse City. 

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Friends of Dan O'Neil

P.O. Box 954, Traverse City MI 49685

Greg Hall

Greg Hall is running for Sheriff in Grand Traverse County. He is running on a platform of jail reform; community protection; community engagement; and ethical leadership. With 12-plus years in law enforcement and security, the husband and father of four said he is running to “be the change” he wishes to see in Grand Traverse County. He said he believes in being tough on crime, and proactive on rehabilitation.”I picture a department that engages the community, seeks out partnerships, and strives for innovation in the way we address these and other problems. I believe the sheriffs office has an incredible opportunity to touch the lives of those it serves, whether it be an accident victim on the side of the road or someone who finds themselves behind bars.” 


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Betsy Coffia is running for re-election for Grand Traverse County Commission, District 1.  She is a community organizer and former Michigan Press Association award winning news editor with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, specializing in families and children. She has lived in Northern Michigan since age five, and has dedicated countless volunteer hours to education, and health and human service organizations. As a County Commissioner, Coffia prioritizes: excellent public services; openness and transparency; accountability; housing solutions; environmental stewardship. She is running for a second term to continue work toward building a foundation of ethics in county government, and “fostering a culture of respect and responsiveness to constituents.”

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Committee to Elect Betsy L. Coffia

1018 Boyd Ave, Traverse City Mi 49686

Bryce Hundley

Bryce Hundley is running for re-election in District 2 of Grand Traverse County. An accountant and 17 year resident of Northern Michigan, Hundley wants to keep the County Commission focused on local issues and local needs. He is a husband, father of three, and is currently running unopposed.  Hundley said his goal is to continue to “bring thoughtful cooperation, decency, and integrity to the forefront in our county government, and to let our county’s professional staff do their jobs, support them with financial experience and sound judgement.”

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Committee to Elect Bryce Hundley

P.O. Box 2415 Traverse City MI 49685

Melissa Hogan

Melissa Hogan is running for Grand Traverse County Commission, District 3. Hogan spent 12 of the 16 years she has lived in Traverse City serving as a Physician’s Assistant at Munson Medical Center. She brings a background in health and community service, volunteering as a youth basketball and track coach, and serving as a member of 100+ Women Who Care, a philanthropic group. “Now, more than ever, people need to look  for-- and become-- the helpers in this community. Despite life’s challenges, I believe the world is a better place when we are in service to causes bigger than ourselves,” Hogan said.

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Committee to Elect Melissa Hogan

2852 Glen Drive Traverse City, MI 49686

Brace Kern

Brace Kern is running for Grand Traverse County Commission, District 4. He is a father and outdoor enthusiast, dedicated to protecting this place and the people who live here. Kern works as an attorney and is President of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim County Bar Association, and on the Board of Directors for Conflict Resolution Services, where he also volunteers as a mediator.

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Long Lake for Brace Kern

3434 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, Mi 49684

Jade Prange

Jade Prange is running for Grand Traverse County Commission, District 5.  Currently a student at North Central College, Prange grew up in the area and is looking to bring the voice of the next generation to the local decision making table. She is currently a member of the Traverse City Human Rights Commission, and is a local leader in the Sunrise Movement, a national, youth-led organization that advocates for political action on Climate Change. "Our current leadership is not being held to a high enough standard in terms of ethics and transparency. I want to raise these standards.”

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Campaign to Elect Jade Prange

8909 Rahle Road, Kingsley, MI 49649

Bruce Moore

Bruce Moore is running for Grand Traverse County Commission, District 6. Moore is a retired engineer who is dedicated to serving the most vulnerable populations in this community. His attention to detail, and ability to dig in and learn about all aspects of any given local issue are central to his leadership values.  An active member of Grace Episcopal Church and Traverse Area Paddlers, Moore wants to help keep the County Commission focused on local issues like affordable housing and jail reform.

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Committee to Elect Bruce Moore

3363 Summerleaf Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686

Gabrielle Bohrer

Gabrielle Bohrer is running for East Bay Township Trustee. Bohrer was born and raised in Traverse City, and is committed to serving the place she calls home. As a mother, small business owner, and volunteer for a host of non-profit organizations, Bohrer has a deep understanding of opportunities and challenges families face in East Bay, and she will bring a progressive perspective-- with the benefit of institutional knowledge-- to this township.

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Committee to Elect Gabrielle Bohrer

947  Cherry Ridge Drive

Traverse City, MI, 49696

Brian Fenlon

Brian Fenlon  is running for East Bay Township Trustee. He works at, and has a heart for helping his community. Fenlon volunteers as manager for his condo association, and works at a successful winery in the community. He is committed to bringing progressive values to his township, and work to ensure more young families can call the community. 

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Committee to Elect Brian Fenlon

3887 Emily Lane, Traverse City, MI, 49686

Barry Gorbutt

East Bay Trustee

My name is Barry Gorbutt and I am running for East Bay Trustee.  I have lived in East Bay for almost 40 years along with my wife.  I worked in the IT industry for 45 years and owned my own small business for 26 of those years. We raised two daughters here that went to East Bay Elementary, East Junior High and graduated from Traverse City Central.  My wife taught at East Junior High/Middle School for 25 years.  I am invested in this location and want to see a balance of development and preservation.  I want to continue to love this area and I hope to help shape responsible growth while maintaining what we all love about East Bay Township-water, forests, wildlife, and so much more.   

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Eric Ranieri

Eric Ranieri is running for Garfield Township Trustee. A practicing attorney for 20 years, Ranieri knows that on almost every issue, there are real people, and real consequences, on each side. Bringing back the “good neighbor” approach to politics and government matters to Ranieri, and his approach to service is to listen, learn, and make decisions that are in the best interest of the entire township. By considering “the best available evidence as objectively as possible,” Ranieri said he will keep ethics, honesty, and collaboration at the forefront of all township governance.

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Committee to Elect Lee Eric Ranieri

4020 Copper View Ste 225

Traverse City, MI 49684

Nick Roster

Nick Roster is running for Garfield Township Trustee. He is running to bring sustainability to all levels of government and community planning, especially in key areas like energy independence, and smart growth. Roster was born and raised in Garfield Township. In fact, he and his wife are raising their two sons in the same house in which he grew up. Roster is a biology professor at Northwestern Michigan College. “As a biologist, I feel qualified to discuss solutions in regards to our parks system and air and water quality,” he added. 

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Committee to Elect Nicholas Roster

4430 Foxfire Drive,

Traverse City, MI 49684

Jill Bentgen

Jill Bentgen is running for Garfield Township Trustee. Trained as a chemical engineer, Bentgen owns and operates a fish processing business, Mackinac Straits Fish Company, named as an ode to her hometown St. Ignace.. Her background in science, combined with entrepreneurial experience, brings a uniquely well-suited skill set to governing in Garfield Township.  

Donate to Jill at: Friends of Jill Bentgen, PO Box 1626, Traverse City, Mi, 49685

John Nelson

John Nelson is running for Garfield Township Trustee. He long served the community as a member of the Garfield Township Planning Commission and Grand Traverse County Road Commission.

John served as Grand Traverse Baykeeper from 2001-2015 and continues to be an advocate for clean water in the Grand Traverse Bay watershed after retirement.

John’s roots are five generations deep in the Leelanau County region. John earned a master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Michigan in 1971. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, served five years of active duty, served 15 years in the Naval Air Reserve, and retired as a Commander in 1986.

John lives in Traverse City with his wife Lynne. He is a board member of the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council and serves on the Garfield Township Planning Commission. John is one of the few members of the Grand Vision Coordinating Group who has served continuously since its inception in 2005. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Traverse City Transportation and Land Use Study.

John says, “This special place has nurtured me in my life. My dad was born and raised at Point Betsie and the Manitou Islands. I grew up on the beach of Grand Traverse Bay in a cottage hand-built by my great grandfather in Northport. The Watershed Center is an important, independent and influential organization allowing me to give back to this wonderful place and help protect the waters that define it.”

Peter Zimhelt

Peter Zirnhelt is running for Long Lake Township Trustee. Zirnhelt has called Long Lake Township home for 42 years, and during those four decades he has served his community in a number of ways, including being a member of the Long Lake Association Board of Directors, member and chair of the Long Lake Zoning Board of Appeals, member of the Long Lakes Township Parks Committee, and treasurer of the Long Lake Peninsula Association. In addition, Zirnhelt has served on the Pastoral Council for St. Patrick church, and has been practicing law in Grand Traverse County for 45 years. “I am running for the position of Trustee to provide the residents of the township with a voice for their concerns on the Township Board,” he said. 


Donate to Pete Zirnhelt’s campaign:

Committee to Elect Pete Zirnhelt
1613 Outer Drive, Traverse City, MI 49685

Marvine Stamatakis

Marvine Stamatakis is running for Long Lake Township Trustee. She is an instructor for English language learners at Interlochen Arts Academy. She also served on the Traverse City Human Rights Commission, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Central United Methodist Church. Stamatakis said she wants to preserve and protect the natural resources of her township, as well as make it a welcoming community for young families. “I am running to serve the people and preserve the beauty of this community which my family and I have been part of for many years.”

Donate to Marvine Stamatakis:

Committee to Elect Marvine Stamatakis
118 Bass Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49689

Joel Casler

Joel Casler is running for Long Lake Township Trustee. Casler raised his children in Traverse City and is a community builder, workers’ rights advocate, and independent thinker that wants to bring good, sound decision making to Long Lake Township’s Board of Trustees. 


Donate to Joel Casler’s campaign:

Committee to Elect Joel Casler
7552 N. Long Lake Rd., Traverse City, MI, 49685 

Pamela Harris Kaiser

Pamela Harris Kaiser is running for Long Lake Township Trustee. Her family has had deep roots in the Long Lake community. She devoted her life to education and community-building, serving in the Peace Corps, a teacher, counselor, and adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College and Purdue University. She has held numerous volunteer positions, including co-chair of the TCAPS District Advisory Committee, and wants to see the area’s natural resources preserved for generations to come.   “The waters of this beautiful regions have been running through my veins since before I was born, and I want to pass on our green, healthy, safe and clean environment to generations to come,” Kaiser said. 

A graduate of Kalamazoo College, I began my career as a litigation paralegal to the managing partner of a major Michigan law firm with offices throughout the state, and have lived and taught locally as well as internationally. I am committed to bipartisan cooperation, transparency in all levels of government, building bridges with business and community partners and am committed to equal justice under the law. By working together, I believe we can preserve the historic natural qualities that make Long Lake Township the finest community in which to live, stay healthy, raise families, respond to our citizens' needs across the lifespan, meet unexpected challenges, support sustainable businesses, and live peacefully together. 

Connect with Pam Kaiser:; (603) 571-5240

Connect with Pam on Facebook HERE


Donate to Pam Kaiser’s campaign: 

Committee to Elect Pam Kaiser

1309 Old Long Lake Rd.

Traverse City, MI 49685

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