Sep 11

Saturday, September 19th Candidate and Campaign Training

Kent County Democrats and the Michigan House Democrats are offering a FREE Campaign Training for candidates, campaign managers, and those interested in being effective campaign workers.  We are committed to Democratic Victories in all levels of the 2016 election cycle and want to provide the knowledge and resources to win up and down the ticket.

September 19, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Teamsters #406 Hall

3315 Eastern Ave SE – Grand Rapids, MI  49508


This half-day training is only open to members of your County Democratic Party and seating is limited.  If you are interested in attending and are not yet a member of KCDP, click here to sign up as a member. To RSVP please follow the instructions at the bottom of the page. We hope to see you there!

To attend or participate in this training: RSVP to Jeff Winston at by 5:00pm on Friday, September 18th, 2015.  Please note:  RSVP prior to deadline is required; if you miss the deadline… you will not be allowed to attend the training.  Remember… You MUST be a member of your County Democratic Party to participate in this training.  If you are visiting from another county – Please have your County Party Chair RSVP on your behalf to confirm your active membership in that County Party.




9:30am – 10:00am    Sign-in / Meet & Greet Coffee & Donut Breakfast (Campaign food)

10:00am – 11:00am  Elements of a Campaign

11:00am – 11:10am  BREAK

11:10am – 11:30am  Filing for Office, Deadlines

11:30pm – 12:15pm Fundraising and Finance

12:15pm – 1:00pm   LUNCH – Messaging and Communications                         Lunch will be provided

1:00pm – 1:30pm      Online Presence (website) & Effective Social Media

1:30pm – 1:40pm      BREAK

1:40pm – 2:00pm      Targeting and Field Plan

2:00pm – 2:30pm      Voter File and VAN (VoteBuilder)

2:30pm – 3:00pm      Putting it all together – THE CAMPAIGN PLAN


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Aug 31

Volunteer Round-Up with MDP Chair Brandon Dillon

Vol Roundup email memeWhether you’re for Hillary or Bernie, the Kent County Democratic Party is building an army to support Democrats up and down the ticket. Join the movement! Democrats are fired-up, we’re organized, and we’re gearing-up to win in 2016. Join us on October 16th to find ways that you can plug in and make a difference!

Friday, October 16th  | 6-8pm | Food | Bring a friend! | Grand Rapids Police Officers Association | 1753 Alpine Ave NW Grand Rapids, 49504

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon will be on hand to talk about what’s at stake for the next election and how important it is to give your time. Check out how to run for office, internship opportunities, or become a precinct delegate and captain. From communications to fundraising to mobilizing voters, we need your help to make a 2016 Democratic victory a reality.

This event is free and refreshments will be served. To RSVP please click here.

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Aug 31

2015 Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed for these opportunities to get the word out about the Kent County Democratic Party! Please join us at any one of these locations to register voters and hand out information about upcoming party activities.

Monday, September 7, West Michigan Labor Fest from 11am to 5pm at Ah Nab Awen Park in front of Gerald R Ford Museum, located at 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, 49504. Tabling shifts needed are from 3-5pm.

Saturday, September 12, Eastown Street Fair from 9am to 6pm located on Wealthy Street and Lake Drive in Eastown, 49506. Tabling shifts needed are from 12-3pm and 3-6pm. Kent Dems are assigned space #55, located on Wealthy Street and Lake Drive.

Saturday, October 3, Cedar Springs Red Flannel Days from 12pm to 5pm located at 18 South Main Street, Cedar Springs 49319. Shifts needed are from 12-3 and 3-5pm.

Saturday, October 3, Pulaski Days Parade. More information to come on lineup locations and time. Please contact Marilynn Springman for more information.

Contact Marilynn Springman at 616-970-3835 or email if you would like to give your time. Thank you for everything you do and we hope to see you at these events!

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Aug 23

Annual Dog ‘N’ Suds Fundraiser

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Join us for our annual Dog ‘N’ Suds fundraising event featuring hot dogs and beer (and other delicious food), door prizes, special drinks for the kids and good company! The cost is just $10 and goes to support the Kent County Democratic Party. The Dog ‘N’ Suds will be held Saturday, October 10th from 4pm-7pm, located at the Fire Fighter’s Hall at 1930 Fuller Ave NE in Grand Rapids, 49505.

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Aug 02

Welcome to the Kent County Democratic Party!

dem donkeyA strong middle-class. Fair wages. Equal pay for equal work. Quality education for our children. An end to poverty. A secure retirement. Quality, affordable health care. Protecting the environment. The Kent County Democratic Party fights every day for the values that you hold dear. You can be part of it. Join us as we fight for your values every day in Lansing, Washington, and right here in Kent County. The 2016 election is right around the corner and we need your help now more than ever. Sign up to receive updates today or join us at our monthly meeting.

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Jun 14

Kent Dems Monthly Meetings

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Join the Kent County Democratic Party for our monthly meetings every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meetings begin at 7pm at the American Postal Workers Union, located at 2554 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509. Learn about opportunities to volunteer and what we’re working on for 2016. We hope to see you there!

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Jun 14

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Volunteer Meeting In Grand Rapids!

Join local Democrats to learn about Bernie and opportunities to volunteer. Enjoy great food and a great discussion about the campaign, the possibility of a future visit from Senator Sanders and how you can get involved. Sponsored by Michiganders for Bernie Sanders. The event will be held on Tuesday June 23rd beginning at 5pm, located at Yesterdog’s 1505 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids 49506. For more information RSVP on Fabebook here.

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Apr 27

Democratic Party Training

​Join Kent County Democrats and the Michigan Democratic Party for a training on best practices for campaigns and political organizing. Learn about more opportunities to get involved in local politics and elections. Topics covered by the training will include campaign finance and compliance rules, budgeting and fundraising, VAN database management, campaign planning and communications. The training will be held on Tuesday, May 19th from 6pm to 9pm, at the AFL-CIO Labor Temple located at 918 Benjamin Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49503. To RSVP please call (616) 406-1573.

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Apr 27

Senator Gary Peters in Grand Rapids!

Please join Senator Gary Peters for a brown bag lunch to talk about the issues important to you and to hear about what’s happening in Washington. This is a great opportunity to meet your elected representatives and to share your concerns with government. The event will be held this Friday, May 1, from 12pm until 1:30pm at Yesterdog’s, 1505 Wealthy Street SE.

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What Democrats Stand For!

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