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Graham Sworn in as Assistant Prosecutor

From the Emmet County Communications Department:

The Emmet County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has added a new assistant prosecutor to its staff, filling a vacancy created with the governor’s appointment of former assistant prosecutor Angela Lasher to the 90th District Court bench in February.

Emmet County native Stephen B. Graham, Jr., was sworn in as assistant prosecutor Monday afternoon, May 11, by the Honorable Charles W. Johnson, chief judge of the 57th Circuit Court.

Graham, a Harbor Springs High School graduate, has lived in Emmet County all his life. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1985, he went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Cooley Law School in 1988.

Graham has been in private practice since 1998, handling a variety of criminal and domestic relations matters. During his decades as a private attorney, he’s become experienced in dealing with cases of divorce, custody, child support, adoption, juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect, and other general civil cases. He has tried cases in Emmet County courtrooms and served as trial counsel in a number of area counties, including Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Luce, Presque Isle, Mackinac, and Otsego.

“When the position opened up in the Prosecutor’s Office, I thought now would be a good time to try something different,” said Graham when asked what prompted him to apply for the job. “With my years of experience in private practice, I felt I could offer some new perspectives in dealing with the work of the prosecutor’s office.”

Prosecuting Attorney James Linderman agreed. “I believe Steve’s background will bring another perspective to our office that will strengthen our ability to hold offenders accountable and keep our community safe,” Linderman said. “We’re happy to have Steve join our team here and know his years of practicing law in the local area will immediately benefit Emmet County with the wide array of legal functions the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office handles each day.”

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Note: Mr. Graham is a member of the ECRP leadership team and a Precinct Delegate. Congrats, Steve! We are very proud of you.

Team Emmet

Here’s our precinct delegates – representing Emmet County and the First Congressional District – at this weekend’s MIGOP convention which was held in Lansing.

Note: Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, in the center, with his daughter, Payge, and parents, Rusty and Betty Chatfield.

Don’t Mess with Emmet County

A note from Chair Dennis Kelly: We should all be very proud and grateful for the overwhelming success of our County’s efforts in the 2018 midterm election.  In every race, Emmet County soundly defeated every attempt the Democrats made against our Republican candidates.

For our State House 107th District, Lee Chatfield received 24,232 votes to Joanne Galloway 16,856 (59% to 41%).  For our State Senate 37th District Wayne Schmidt also clobbered his Democrat opponent by 20,000 votes.  For our U.S. Congressional 1st District, General Jack Bergman thoroughly thumped Matt Morgan by 13 percentage points.  All of our Republican County Commissioner candidates soundly won their positions making it a clean sweep.  Also, both of our neighboring State Reps. Sue Allor and Triston Cole handily won their bids for re-election.  A hearty congratulations to them all!

So, for Emmet County it is clear: “Nobody comes in our house and pushes us around,” Dan Devine, Notre Dame football coach. Campaign 2020 begins … today!

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. “

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