Jan 19

Take the $15 for 15 Challenge


$15 for 15

In 2014, we spent our political PAC funds down to practically nothing in order to give our candidates the resources that they needed to be successful.  We left it all of the field and didn’t hold back.  But now we need to begin to rebuild for 2016.  Let’s face it… elections are becoming more and more competitive and more and more expensive.

We are challenging each of our members to pitch-in $15 in 2015 to get the ball rolling on 2016.  Do you accept the challenge?  Click here!



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Jan 19

2016 Election Cycle Starts NOW!

Thank-you DemsThank-you to all who pitched-in to get Dems elected in 2014.  Although the results were not as we had hoped, we did excellent work in bucking the national and statewide trend of losing seats.  In Kent County, we were successful in re-electing our two State Representatives and our County Commissioners.  Defending our incumbents from losses is always the first priority, and in that mission we were successful.

With the new year and the start of a new election cycle – Kent County Democrats are gearing-up for another historic election in 2016.  New officers were elected in the December meeting and are in the process of planning the next two years to ensure success on Election Day.  Keep up the great work and and stay engaged as we look towards November 8, 2016!

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Jan 16

Brinks Named Dem Vice Chair of Workforce and Talent Development Committee


State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids, 76th District)

 Brinks to also serve on Education, Health Policy, Tourism committees 

GRAND RAPIDS – State Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) was appointed the Democratic vice chairwoman of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today. She was also placed on the Education, Health Policy and Tourism committees.

“It’s a great honor to be tasked with being the Democratic vice chairwoman on the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee,” Rep. Brinks said. “Before joining the Legislature, I worked in an organization that helped improve workplaces by retaining employees and building skills, and I’m excited to put that knowledge and experience to work for the people of Michigan.”

In her first term, Rep. Brinks served on the House Education and Health Policy committees as well. In the Education Committee, Brinks looks forward to continuing her efforts to improve Michigan schools. Brinks was also active in Health Policy in her first term, and authored several bills aimed to improve women’s health care and fight breast cancer.

 “I’m grateful to be also appointed to the House Tourism Committee in my second term,” Brinks said. “Tourism is the Michigan’s second-largest industry, providing our state with thousands of jobs and many opportunities for recreation. I look forward to working on policies that will grow this critical sector of our economy and attract more visitors to our state.”

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Aug 25

KCDP 2014 Gala

Gala posting




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Jul 16


Turn2Blue Facebook

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Jul 02

Gary Peters Visits Vets

Rep. Gary Peters visits veterans on “Stars, Stripes, and Service” tour

Representative Gary Peters visited veterans at the American Legion Post 47 in Comstock Park on Wed. July 2. Peters is on his “Michigan First” Listening Tour, and kicked off a two-day “Stars, Stripes, and Service” tour to meet with Michigan’s veterans and families across the state. In brief comments to the vets assembled, Peters described a series of initiatives to honor those who have served. Peters, a veteran himself, concluded by saying that as a U.S. Senator he “would always have your backs.”

See the video below:

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Jun 12

New Ad from the DGA

See new ad from the Democratic Governor’s Association:

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May 31

Turn Kent Blue Summit

Turn Kent Blue 2014 Summit

The KCDP “Turn Kent Blue” Committee sponsored a messaging summit on May 3.  The summit was titled, “What Matters to you?”

Various local constituencies, such as Senior Citizens, Students, African-American, Faith-based, Latino, LGBT and others met to discuss issues important to them.

A major goal of the summit was to create a community of cooperative individuals and groups that could then formulate unified messages in a coordinated campaign to be used throughout the 2014 election process.

Groups also discussed suggestions for organizing, funding, and finding volunteers.

Watch a video below that summarizes the summit event, and below the video are the notes collected at the summit…


2014 Summit Issue Group Ideas and Priorities

African American

Economic Equality for the 99%

Pass the minimum wage to $10.10

Extend unemployment benefits

Refute the Paul Ryan budget

Disability issues

The disability community has Americans with continuing untapped potential

Access, dignity, choice and independence, housing, employment, community             support and a fair income.


Concerns exist regarding testing and charter schools

Children benefit from a diverse professional education staff

Need to attract diversity


Love Your Child  —  Protect Our Planet

Clean Energy Today  —   Healthy Planet Tomorrow

Firearm safety

Guns should be safe, legal and rare

Require background checks

Gun owners should be responsible and accountable

Open carry is intimidating to others

Certain areas should be off limits  

Health care

Everyone deserves a healthy life


Equality in work + equality in housing = dignity

Fundamental equality in hiring and housing

Animosity exists in jobs and rental housing


Where will Grandma live, with you?

How secure is social security?

Student/college age

Want U. S. to be The Education Nation

Job opportunities

Restructure student loan programs

College education affordable

Safe campuses, free of sexual assault and bullying

Urban living issues


Safe children, safe neighborhoods

Enforce the law consistently especially across racial lines

Civilian Appeals Board (assist/educate people to utilize their services, possibly a 30            


R—Resources for veterans and their families in need

Q—Quality health care providers

C—Continuity of care across all services (physical, emotional, mental)

Women’s Issues

My self, My health, My decision

Same job, Same paycheck

When women vote, Democrats win

Working middle class

Prosperity begins with us

Protect the middle class

A strong, vibrant middle class is dying

The working middle class it the heart of the U.S.

Common ground identified by all groups together

Economic Justice

Life with dignity

Public education for all

Safe and secure communities

All people and families matter

People come before corporations which are not persons

Livable income and a secure safety net where needed

Access to affordable and comprehensive health care for all

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May 08

A. Philip Randolph Institute Conference

The Grand Rapids Chapter of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute will host their Michigan Conference on June 28th, 2014.  Please contact Paula Triplett at triplett616@gmail.com.  For information about APRI go to http://www.apri.org/.

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May 08

Minimum Wage Prop Needs Volunteers

Call for Volunteers


We believe if you work full-time, and do your job well, then you shouldn’t live in poverty.  It’s that simple.

All of us deserve the opportunity to at least live a middle class life and provide a secure living for our families.  We believe enough is enough, and things need to change. It’s time to rebuild an economy that works for us all!

Raise Michigan has launched a ballot campaign to let the people of Michigan raise the minimum wage.

The proposal would:

  • Raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $10.10 an hour by January of 2017.
  • Ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living, based on the Consumer Price Index.
  • Guarantee that (eventually) tipped workers, like waiters and waitresses, earn the full minimum wage.  They are currently paid only $2.65 an hour and would receive a $.85 an hour increase each year until tipped workers are paid the full minimum wage.

Help the Kent Dems help Raise Michigan!  We need volunteers to gather signatures to put the minimum wage question on the ballot.  Please contact Gussie Farris at 616-949-8387 or gussieinc@comcast.net.

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