The Truman Dinner has always been a time for Grand Traverse Democrats to gather and share the good news about our party, raise money for future projects and take stock of our impact on the community. This year’s gathering lived up to expectations beginning with Vice Chair TJ Andrew’s overview of 2017 events. Progressive Pot Lucks, Road Clean-up and the Tiger Project with TCAPS addressed community needs. GT Dems may have broken a record for the number of candidate events showcasing individuals running for State representative, secretary of state, attorney general and many local offices.
The evening’s speakers began with Dan O’Neil, Chair of the Candidate Recruitment Committee. Dan reviewed highlights of the party’s efforts to promote potential candidates from the Grand Traverse area. The committee has sponsored training for would-be
candidates as well as “think tank” discussions to explore potential political talent in our community. Matt Morgan, candidate for the 1st Congressional District and Dana Nessel, along with Patrick Miles, both running for State’s Attorney General, addressed the importance of getting Democrats back into leadership positions
at all levels of government. Keynote Speaker Jack Segal, former US diplomat, offered insight into the current situation in Washington as well as the international implications of current White House policies.
As we enjoyed the hospitality of Boone’s Long Lake Inn and listened to our fellow democrats, a very successful silent auction was taking place. A special thank you to the hard-working party members and local business people who worked behind the scenes. This fundraiser, along with others throughout the year, supports candidates and programs that represent the values of The Grand Traverse Democratic Party.
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