Emmet County Wants YOU!

If you are interested in public service, consider being a part of one of the Committees or Boards that have been established in Emmet County. There are several opportunities to serve.

Current Open Positions: 

Advisory Committee on Aging
Regional Prosperity Board (2 openings)
Airport (1 opening)
Construction Resource Committee (7 openings & must have specialized qualifications)
Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (2 openings)
Planning Commission (3 openings)

For more information on the process, the various committees, and the application form that needs to be filled out if you’re game, go here.

Or, you can also contact your Commissioner.


Veterans Day, Petoskey

Chatfield Hosts Fundraiser for Leonard

Join Speaker Pro Tempore Lee Chatfield for a Fall Fundraiser in honor of Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, candidate for Michigan Attorney General.

The fundraiser will be held, from 6-8 pm, on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Stafford’s Bay View Inn’s Howard Room in Petoskey.

Tickets are $100 per person, $175 per couple. Make checks payable to “Tom Leonard for Michigan.”

RSVP to LeonardforAG@gmail.com.

Special Guest: Congressman Jack Bergman Pictured: Speaker Leonard

Superintendent Scholten to Speak to ECRP

The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on October 30th at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room located off M-119 in Harbor Springs.

ECRP Chair Dennis Kelly explains the agenda for the Oct. meeting: “On November 7, 2017, voters in each of the 11 Charlevoix-Emmet ISD public school districts will be asked to consider an enhancement millage proposal of 1.0 mill for 10 years.  If approved, each of the 11 school districts in Char-Em ISD would receive an additional $615 per student for operations starting with the 2018-2019 school year.

Since 2008-09, state funding has not kept up with inflation, causing districts to reduce or eliminate programs, classroom materials, and staff.

An enhancement millage is the only option for school districts to request operational funding from the public beyond funding provided by the State.  Dr. John Scholten (pictured), Superintendent of the Public Schools of Petoskey, will provide an overview of this [education millage] and answer questions you may have about the request.  Please plan to attend this very important and informative meeting.  We will all be asked to vote on this issue on Tuesday, November 7th, and this meeting will allow you to make an educated decision.”

Bring a guest, too!

Update: A letter arguing for a no vote on this millage.

MI Senate Candidate to Appear on Fox News

U.S Senate candidate John James, a combat veteran who resides in Farmington Hills, will be on national television tomorrow.

Saith Candidate James: “I’ll be sharing my conservative outsider message centered on national security and economic opportunity with Fox & Friends Thursday morning at 8:20 a.m. ET on The Fox News Channel.”

Tune in to learn more about this dynamic Republican who wants to oust Democrat Debbie Stabenow. Here’s his campaign web site.

Update: Here’s the interview.

John and Elizabeth James & sons

Blast from the Past

When ECRP Precinct Delegates attended a MI GOP state convention down state and had themselves a good time sitting in the front row … Left to Right, Dennis Kelly, Karen Weedman, Jerry Weedman, Fred Simons, and Janet Szymanski. Photo Credit: Geri Szymanski.







Colbeck Endorsed by Hannity

Republican Michigan State Senator (and favorite of many of the conservative grassroots) Patrick Colbeck is a declared candidate for governor. Here’s his Facebook campaign page.

Colbeck recently appeared on the Sean Hannity radio show/podcast to discuss the Affordable Care Act. During the interview, Hannity actually gave his endorsement for “Colbeck for governor.”

The Michigan Daily summarizes his platform: “Number one principle is the government works for us, not the other way around. Number two, when we put forward solutions, they’re meant to the best interest of all our citizens, it’s not supposed to be a special … handout to a specific community. We have provisions in our constitution that specifically prohibit that, but some of the most prevalent bills that happen in our legislature right now are deliberately targeting specific communities — that’s not right. Last, tax increases should always be the last option, not the first option.”

Stay tuned. 2018 promises to be a very interesting political year in Michigan.

Sullivan Vies For MI GOP Leadership Position

Emmet County GOP Precinct Delegate Mike Sullivan wants to be the next Youth Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

Here’s his Facebook campaign page.

Mike presently works for ‘Team Schuette.’

MI State Rep. candidate Michael Banerian had this to say: “As the most recent, former Youth Vice Chairman of State Party, I know how demanding the position can be. I am confident Mike Sullivan is the best candidate to replace me in this position. I am pleased to give my full endorsement and support to Mike Sullivan in his campaign for Youth Vice Chair.”

Casey VanderWeide is the other declared candidate for the position.

10/30 update: The ECRP executive board voted unanimously to endorse Mike’s candidacy. The MI State Party leadership will elect a new Youth Vice Chair on Dec. 9, 2017.

Schuette on Duty: Will he be the next governor?

Attorney General Bill Schuette will be pouring mucho coffee in the months ahead! That’s because, Schuette, age 63, wants to become the state of Michigan’s 49th CEO.

Here’s one reason why: “As Governor, Bill Schuette will fight to make Michigan a national leader in job creation and wage growth. Schuette is tired of Michigan families being forced to accept less. He is committed to cutting taxes, eliminating wasteful spending, and fighting for other pro-growth reforms to put Michigan’s economy and workers back on top.”

Mr. Schuette is no stranger to Northern Michigan. He came to Petoskey, this past summer, to campaign for Lee Chatfield.

Interested in learning more about the campaign? Go here.

Standing for the Flag; Sign of the Times

Spotted in a Petoskey neighborhood.

This ‘Made in the USA’ display is not only patriotic, it’s sweetly whimsical. #MAGA

  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

    - The first ECRP General Meeting of 2018 will take place on Jan. 22 at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center. A program on child trafficking will be presented.

    - The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on October 30th at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room in Harbor Springs. Petoskey School Superintendent John Scholten will be speaking about the upcoming education millage.

    - The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on August 28th at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room. KC McAlpin, Little Traverse Township precinct delegate, will be speaking about immigration reform.

    - ECRP Executive meeting, Monday, July 19, 2017, 6:00 - 6:50 pm, @Northern Lights Recreation Center

    - Emmet County Republican Party monthly meeting, Wed. April 12, 7pm @ Northern Lights Recreation Center; Speaker: County Commissioner Charlie MacInnis

    - Emmet County Republican Party meeting, Monday, March 13; 7pm at Northern Lights Recreation Center

    - March 4, 2017, Pro-Trump flashmob in Petoskey at 200 E. Lake Street from noon to 2 pm.

    February 10-11, 2017 MI GOP State Convention in Lansing

    - February 2017: NO GENERAL MEETING of ECRP or of the Executive Board

    - January 9, 2017: Jesse Osmer, Speaker
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