Meet the Local Democrats Running for Office in 2018

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Did you miss the GTA League of Women Voters candidate forum for the  County Commission Candidates? No problem! Catch up on UpNorthLive:

Candidate forum for Districts 1,2, & 3 click HERE

Candidate forum for Districts 4,5,6 & 7 click HERE

Running for District 1 is Betsy Coffia, a progressive leader and community organizer who formerly ran for state house. Betsy lives in the City of Traverse City with her husband. “I’ve talked to people in every corner of Grand Traverse County.  They’ve been clear that they expect more of their leaders. We offer a vision for a brighter future, and now is the time for change right here at home,” said Betsy.

Learn More about Betsy Coffia:

Meet Betsy Coffia Video, click HERE

Betsy Coffia on Facebook:  click HERE

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Betsy click HERE

The League of Women Voters "VOTE411" Guide on Betsy click HERE

Donate to Betsy's Campaign:

Committee to Elect Betsy L. Coffia

1018 Boyd Ave, Traverse City Mi 49686

Bryce Hundley

Bryce Hundley, an accountant, fifteen-year resident of Traverse City, husband, and father of three, is the Democratic candidate for District 2. Bryce and his family live in the City of Traverse City. “Our county needs to finally face its obligations and challenges. I’m willing to make critical decisions and support the people who live and work here,” said Bryce.  

Learn More about Bryce Hundley:

Meet Bryce Hundley Video click HERE

Bryce on Facebook:  click HERE.

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Bryce click HERE

The League of Women Voters "VOTE411" Guide on Bryce click HERE

Donate to Bryce's Campaign

Committee to Elect Bryce Hundley

P.O. Box 2415 Traverse City MI 49685

Mike Powers

The candidate for District 3 is Mike Powers, an energy consultant and project manager with Keen Technical Solutions. Mike and his wife live in Garfield Township. “As a contractor, I see opportunities where we can turn liabilities into assets. We can reduce energy use and address deferred maintenance by making strategic investments and support.  Our county should be thriving, not drowning - I believe we can do better,” said Mike.  

Learn More about Mike Powers:

Meet Mike Powers Video: Click HERE

Mike on Facebook:  Click HERE

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Mike click HERE

The League of Women Voters "VOTE411" Guide on Mike click HERE

Donate to Mike's Campaign

Committee to Elect Michael Powers

4085 Jefferson Rd, Traverse City MI 49684

Steve Horne

Steve Horne is running for the District 4 seat. Steve and his wife live in Green Lake Township. Steve spent his career with Ford Motor and implementing strategic vision at national universities before relocating to Grand Traverse County.  “I’ve spent my life developing consensus and implementing plans to tackle serious problems -- I see that as a valuable skill set to bring to the Commission,” said Steve. "Our county is one of the fastest growing in the state, but our roads need work, our pension plan is seriously underfunded and we have had a stream of County employees leaving.  We can do better. Let's get to work and fix this."

Learn More about Steve Horne:

Meet Steve Horne Video:  Click HERE

Steve on Facebook:  To be added shortly.

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Steve click HERE

The League of Women Voters "VOTE411" Guide on Steve click HERE

Donate to Steve's Campaign

Committee to Elect Steve Horne

314 Dubonnet Trail, Interlochen, 49643

Running for District 5 is Dr. Linda Pepper, a veterinarian/biology teacher/principal who served in the Peace Corps after retirement and who now lives in Grawn. “As a problem solver, I waste no time blaming people. I gather ideas and data. I am a team player who works with the group to develop alternatives and make thoughtful decisions," said Linda. "I get things done while respecting different viewpoints. These are skills that I believe will help our county provide equally and fairly for all our citizens.”

Learn More about Linda Pepper:

Meet Dr. Linda Pepper video: click HERE

Vote Dr. Linda Pepper webpage: http://VoteDrPepper.com

Linda on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Dr.LindaPepperforCountyCommission/

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Steve click HERE

The League of Women Voters "VOTE411" Guide on Steve click HERE

Donate to Linda Pepper's Campaign

Friends of Linda Pepper

4306 Central Park Dr., Grawn MI 49637

Makenzie ("Kenzie") Jeurink

The candidate seeking the District 6 seat is Makenzie ("Kenzie") Jeurink, a mother of three foster children and avid hunter and fisherwoman.  Kenzie, her husband and their three foster children live in Whitewater Township. “I care for people in need. Good governance means improving everyone’s quality of life, not just a select few. I bring a fresh perspective and I will be a voice for the forgotten people in our County,” said Kenzie.  

Donate to Makenzie Jeurink's Campaign

Committee to Elect Makenzie Jeurink

8601 Church St., Williamsburg MI 49690

Dr. Thomas Wertz

Dr. Thomas Wertz is the candidate for District 7.  Tom is a 30-year emergency room doctor with a record of public service, including with the Grand Traverse Conservation District.  Tom lives in East Bay Township.  “We need leaders who listen, learn, and then make hard decisions. I know how to do that,” said Tom.

Learn More about Tom Wertz:

Meet Dr. Tom Wertz Video: Click HERE

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Steve click HERE

The League of Women Voters "VOTE411" Guide on Steve click HERE

Donate to Tom Wertz's Campaign

Committee to Elect Tomas Wertz

P.O. Box 6428, Traverse City, MI 49696

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. 

Learn More about Dan O'Neil:

Meet Dan O'Neil Video: click HERE

Vote Dan O'Neil webpage: https://www.voteoneil.com

Dan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votedanoneil/

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Dan O'Neil click HERE

The League of Women Voters "VOTE411" Guide on Steve click HERE

Donate to Dan O'Neil's Campaign

Donate via Act Blue: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dan-o-neil-1

Donate by check:

Friends of Dan O'Neil

P.O. Box 954, Traverse City MI 49685

Jim Page

37th District Michigan Senate

Jim has led a life in public service. From his time in the Marine Corps to his career as a classroom teacher in Sault St. Marie, Jim puts his community first. Jim will champion policies that protect the health of Michigan residents and our Great Lakes.

Learn More about Jim Page:

Vote Jim Page webpage: http://jimpageformisenate.com

Jim on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimpage.mi/

The League of Women Voters "VOTE411" Guide on Steve click HERE

Donate to Jim Page's Campaign

Donate via web: http://jimpageformisenate.com/?page_id=24

Donate by check:

Committee to Elect Jim Page

2284 E. Seven Mile Rd., Sault Ste. Marie MI 497831

Matt Morgan is running for United State Congress in Michigan's First District, which includes Grand Traverse County. Matt and his family live in Peninsula Township in Grand Traverse County.

Learn More about Matt Morgan:

Vote Matt Morgan webpage: https://mattmorganformichigan.com/

Matt on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morganformichigan/

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on Matt Morgan click HERE 

 

Donate to Matt Morgan's Campaign

Donate via Web: https://mattmorganformichigan.com/donate/

Donate by check:

Morgan for Michigan

PO Box 1033 Traverse City, Mi 49685

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Photo Credit: Autumn Haag (Betsy, Bryce, Mike, Steve, Linda, Kenzie, Tom)

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