Steps you can take to get involved to influence your government.
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Debbie Stabenow (D)
731 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2204
Gary Peters (D)
Hart Senate Office Bldg. suite 724
Washington, D.C. 20510
(Saginaw office) 989-754-0112
Our Representative (Fourth district):
John Moolenaar (R)
117 Cannon House Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Midland office: 200 E. Main Street
To Lansing, Michigan
Jim Stamas (R)
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
(Toll free: 855-347-8036)
Our Representative (98th district):
Gary Glenn (R)
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
(Toll free: 855-GLENN98)
Our Representative (99th district)
Roger Hauck (R)
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
Need to write to another elected official? Go to our Your Elected Officials for addresses for everybody from our local school boards through the President of the United States.
Vote: You need a photo I.D. to vote. Your driver's license is usually that photo I.D. If you do not have a driver's license, you can get a photo ID at the same place you would get a driver's license: the Secretary of State's office, 1832 N. Saginaw Road in Midland. Phone: 888-767-6424. Absentee Ballot: If you are not able to get to the polls, you can vote absentee ballot. You must apply for a ballot at your city or township clerk's office before election day.
The city council meets twice a month, usually on the second and fourth Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Hall in downtown Midland. However there are some exceptions to those evenings, so check the agenda calendar on the webpage. The agendas are available at least four days before the meetings and agendas, meeting summaries and videos of happenings can be found on the city website.
County of Midland: Midland County Board of Commissioners: http://www.co.midland.mi.us/Commissioners/BoardMeetings.aspx
The Midland County Commissioners usually meets on the first and third Thursday mornings of the month at 9 a.m. All Midland County Board of Commissioner meetings are held in the Board Room on the first floor of the County Services Building, 220 W Ellsworth St, Midland, MI. All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Midland Public Schools: School Board: new.midlandps.org/pages/board-of-education/board-of-education/
The Midland School Board usually meets on the third Monday. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Midland Public Schools Administration Center, 600 E. Carpenter Street, Midland, MI 48640, unless otherwise posted.
Most public meetings are covered by local news outlets. They are also covered on their websites. In the city of Midland both the city council meetings and the school board meetings are taped and shown on MCTV.
http://cityofmidlandmi.gov/ City of Midland Boards & Commissions
A good read is the New York Times article "How to Run for Local Office" by Malia Wollan, March 31, 2107. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/magazine/how-to-run-for-local-office.html.
What is a precinct delegate? The role of a precinct delegate is one of the most important, yet, least understood of any elected office. It is the active precinct delegate who wins elections for the Democrat or Republican Party. Precinct delegates are elected directly by the voters of each precinct to serve as a bridge between voters and your party in your neighborhood and you represent your neighborhood at your party's conventions.
As a precinct delegate, you will:
Candidates for precinct delegate must file their Affidavit of Identity form with their clerk. The filing deadline for precinct delegate candidates falls on the twelfth Tuesday prior to the August primary. In 2018 this will be May 8.
What else do precinct delegates do? They are the campaign leaders for their party in their precincts. After the primary, those elected will be officially notified by the county clerk by mail. The notification will include the time and place of the district or county party convention, which will be held in August or September. Precinct delegates should take their official notification to the district or county convention to register with the convention credentials committee. District or county conventions will elect delegates to the state convention, scheduled usually for sometime in September. These conventions may also debate or adopt resolutions for recommendations to the state convention's platform committee. The state convention in September will debate and adopt a state platform, nominate candidates for Supreme Court Justices, State Board of Education and university boards, and presidential electors.
Anything more? After Election Day, precinct delegates have another responsibility. Late in the year and early the following year, precinct delegates will convene in the district or county conventions to elect executive committees and officers to serve through the following election. There they will also elect delegates to the February state convention where new state party officers and a new state central committee will be chosen to serve through the next two years.
Checklist to Become a precinct delegate:
1. Obtain a precinct map from the local clerk's office.
2. Find out the number of your party's precinct delegate vacancies in your precinct.
3. File your Affidavit of Identity with your county, city or township clerk no later than 4:00 p.m. on the twelfth Tuesday prior to the August Primary. In 2018 this will be May 8.
4. Find out how many delegates have filed in your precinct for precinct delegate.
5. Your Affidavit of Identity must be notarized.
6. If you have opposition, contact your neighbors, friends and family that reside in your precinct and ask for their support. Primary election day is the second Tuesday in August. In 2018 this will be August 7. Remember to vote!
7. Get involved in your local party immediately. Keep the party informed about what your neighbors are talking about and keep your neighbors informed about what elected party members are doing for them.
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