Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cherry, Conyers Highlight Dems' Dinner

A pair of top political leaders – Lt. Gov. John Cherry and U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Detroit – will keynote the 27th annual Winans Dinner sponsored by the Livingston County Democrats next week.

Cherry and Conyers will be the highlight of the event being held Friday, May 7, at Lakelands Golf and Country Club in Hamburg Township.

"We are honored to have two speakers coming to our event who have such distinguished records of service to the people of Michigan. Each one is inspiring but the two together will deliver a powerful message designed to drive us to continue fighting for change in November," said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democrats.

The theme of the event is, "We don’t quit," based on a line from President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union speech.

The event will allow attendees to meet the candidate for the Democratic nomination for 8th District Congress, Kande Ngalamulume of East Lansing, as well as Democratic candidates for the state Senate, state House, and county commission.

John Cherry is in his second term as lieutenant governor under Governor Jennifer Granholm. Prior to being tapped as her running mate, Cherry served more than 20 years in the Michigan House and Senate, where he was minority leader. He was named one of Michigan’s Most Effective Legislators by The Detroit News and in 2005 was named the Conservationist of the Year by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC). He is the immediate past Chair of the Great Lakes Commission and also has served as Chair of the National Lieutenant Governor's Association.

Throughout his career, Cherry has focused on families and education, including heading a commission on higher education and economic growth which underscored the role of higher education in creating and keeping jobs in Michigan. As a legislator, he wrote or co-sponsored several important laws dealing with workers’ rights, environmental protection, and conservation. He and his family live in Genesee County.

John Conyers, who represents Michigan’s 14th Congressional District, is the head of the House Judiciary Committee. Elected to Congress from Detroit in 1964, Conyers is the nation’s second-longest serving member of Congress, behind fellow Michigan Congressman John Dingell. He was present in Selma, Alabama, in 1963 for Freedom Day, was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus and was one of the original members of the Nixon Enemies List.

As the head of the House Judiciary Committee, he has worked for national health care, has investigated torture in Iraq, and fought the abuses of the George Bush administration.

Ngalamulume, 31, grew up in East Lansing and is a graduate of Michigan State University. He left Michigan after graduation to work for a health insurance company in Philadelphia, but quit his job to return to Michigan and run against Republican Mike Rogers.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring a cash bar. Besides dinner, the event will include a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person until April 30 and then $60.

Please contact the Livingston County Democrats at 810-229-4212 by email at livcodems@sbcuc.net, or by mail at Livingston County Democrats, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116 for more information. Checks may be made out to Livingston County Democrats.

The Winans Dinner is named in honor of Michigan’s first Democratic governor after the Civil War, Edwin Winans of Hamburg Township, who served in Congress before being elected governor in 1891.

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