Tag: Emmet County

Come to a Public Transit Community Dialogue

Local governments, businesses, health care and service providers, and other key community partners are invited to share their input on public transit in Emmet County at a special event January 23 in Petoskey. The Emmet County Board of Commissioners is hosting the Community Dialogue on Transit Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Iron Horse Café at North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street.

Public transit has been discussed in Emmet County for many years. Now, with assistance from regional partner and neutral convener Networks Northwest, Emmet County is reaching out to local businesses, organizations, government officials, and community members to help guide any transit decisions the Board of Commissioners makes. Participants will support the County’s decision-making process on the viability and potential operations of an Emmet County based transit system.

This event is open to anyone who would like to attend, but key stakeholders whose views will provide insight into particular community needs and questions have been identified and specifically invited.

“This is an opportunity for key stakeholders – like employers and businesses – to influence the County Board’s decisions on transit,” said John Stakoe, Emmet County Commissioner. “We know they’ll be impacted by issues like potential transit routes and costs, so we really need their input. Their participation will be extremely valuable to the County Board.”

There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are required, and space is limited. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to:

Sarah Lucas at Networks Northwest

For more information, contact Lucas or John Stakoe, Emmet County Commissioner, at 248-535-5116.

Note: Commissioner Stakoe is a member of the ECRP executive board.

Update: Due to icy weather conditions the dialogue has been postponed until Feb. 7. Location TBA.

Sullivan Tapped for MI GOP Leadership Post

A Facebook message from Mike Sullivan which he posted on Dec. 9, 2017:

“Thank you to all of my supporters in the Michigan Republican Party for encouraging me to place my name into consideration to fill the Youth Vice Chair vacancy. It was a busy last couple of months in which I did my very best in delivering my message to our party. I am excited to say that the Michigan Republican State Committee, earlier today, cast a unanimous ballot and selected me for the position.”

Congratulations, Mike!

Mike, an Emmet County Precinct Delegate, replaces Michael Banerian.

Photo of the victor shortly after getting selected. Mike is pictured with Christina Barr who is the newly-elected Coalitions Vice-Chair of the Michigan GOP.

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.

An Important Word From the Chair

It has come to our attention that a sign disrespectful of our past President was on display at the #MARCH4TRUMP rally on Saturday, March 4th. The sign was facing the road next to the curb and could only be seen if one were standing in the road. The sign did not come from anyone from the Emmet County Republican Party. We do not know who put the sign there. Many people crossed that street during the rally. We disavow any racism or hatefulness of any kind towards anyone. The Pro-Trump rally was designed to show support for our President. We regret that someone used our rally to display their ignorance.

Dennis Kelly, Chairman

Emmet County Republican Party

Commr. White Spearheads Cuts to Ambulance Station

Betsy White

Emmet County Commissioner Betsy White (also a member of the ECRP executive board) took the initiative to find practical ways to reduce costs on the yet-to-be built ambulance station located on Eppler Road in Resort Township. The Petoskey News-Review reports that last night the commissioners voted to cut over $33,000 “in amenities” from the station’s plan/facilities.

Quote from Commissioner White: “We really are serious about the taxpayers’ money, and we want the taxpayers  to know that.”

The Commissioner represents District 7.


Attorney Linderman Champions Political Engagment

Jim Linderman, of Harbor Springs, is Emmet County’s long-serving Prosecuting Attorney. He is a U.S. Army veteran and serves among the leadership of the ECRP’s Executive Board.

As the chief law enforcement official of the county, Mr. Linderman prosecutes violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws, as well as presiding at monthly Concealed Weapons Licensing Board meetings.

Mr. Linderman is also a proponent of ‘we the people’ politicking.

He states:I strongly believe that concerned citizens need to make their wishes known to our elected representatives on the state and federal level.

To implement this goal, it is important that a ‘grassroots’ movement be started and sustained so these wishes are known to and understood by our elected officials. By taking this action, we can convey what we believe responsible government consists of when legislative action is undertaken.

I am a sportsman with a love of the outdoors including hunting and shooting sports. Therefore, I believe it is fundamental that our Constitutional freedoms, as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment, and our additional guaranteed rights, not be eroded in the name of security by those elected officials. “

GOP Precinct Delegates Convene

Last night, the Republican Precinct Delegates of Emmet County gathered at the District Courthouse to elect 9 Delegates to send to the MI GOP State Convention in Lansing. The convention takes place on Feb. 10-11, and this year’s theme is: “Fighting For Our Future: Building On Our Comeback.” While the ballots were being counted, the group listened attentively to State Rep. Lee Chatfield sharing about his new responsibilities as Speaker Pro Tempore and soon to be a daddy-of-five. Update: Lincoln Stanley Chatfield has arrived!


So … the ballots were counted; a fine group of engaged citizens are going down to Lansing. Delegates are Dennis Kelly, Karen Weedman, Jerome Weedman, Janet Szymanski, Geri Szymanski, Fred Simons, Alex Collias, Johnathon Klonowski, and Mike Sullivan. Alternates: Greg Somers, Jeff Sobonya, June Jackson, and Robert Igielski. ‘Artsy’ photo of the group which includes Rep. Chatfield.


Congratulations to the delegation! BTW: Robert I. (third from the left) is a political newcomer and student at North Central Michigan College. This will be his first state convention.

And here’s a couple of photos of the delegates doing pre-convention business. Say ‘hey’ to Gov. Snyder for us if you spot him on the convention floor at the Lansing Center.

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Osmer Speaks to ECRP



Mr. Jesse Osmer, Michigan’s First District Congressional District Republican Chair and Alpena resident, spoke to the Emmet County Republican Party on January 9 at Northern Lights Recreation in Harbor Springs.  He discussed his desire to continue serving as District Chairman and offered an update about his campaign. Mr. Osmer has the endorsements of the Republican Michigan House of Representatives delegation who hail from northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.



Incumbent Osmer has one opponent for this position –  Mr. Jason Allen, a former Michigan state senator, veteran, and small business owner. Mr. Allen, who is from Traverse City, says he is vying for the position of chair at the request of new Congressman Jack Bergman, MI-01.

The election for the chair – a two-year term – will take place on Feb. 10, 2017 at the First District caucus. The caucus will be held in Lansing at the Lansing Center. For further information about the caucus and the upcoming convention, go here.

  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

    -The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on April 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room. Commissioner John Stakoe and Activist Scott Smith will be speaking on the topic of public transit in Emmet County.

    - 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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