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The Mason County Democratic Party is an organization committed to supporting the Democratic Party efforts in Mason County, Michigan, and the United States.We meet the first Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM at the Oakview Medical Care Facility, 1001 E. Diana Street, Ludington. Please go to the Maple Room. For more information contact Chris Fonnesbeck at 845 7058, or Dee Payment at 843 8750. All are welcome.

Monthly Meeting
First Thursday
7:00 PM
Oakview Medical Care Facility


Democratic Candidate for Michigan’s 2nd US Congressional District

Democratic Candidate for Michigan’s 2nd US Congressional District Dean Vanderstelt, age 61, is a life-long resident of West Michigan. He was born in Muskegon and has lived in the Ravenna area, Muskegon, Montague, Norton Shores and currently resides in the Spring Lake Township.

Dean is the youngest of five children and was raised by a single mother. Like so many families growing up in West Michigan at the time, there were weeks the family had little food or their home didn’t have heat. In spite of their family’s struggles, Dean’s mother was involved in the community and often helped others by giving them shelter and assistance from whatever the family had to spare.

He learned the value of hard work and contributing from his family. He worked picking fruits and vegetables as a child in the summer and fall, to help with family expenses and started working nearly full-time in the 10th grade.

After completing high school, Dean worked for several years in local manufacturing including Brunswick Bowling, a local hospital kitchen and at Cambell Wyant & Cannon foundry.

After graduating from Muskegon Community College in 1976 he began working at Continental Motors in Muskegon as a UAW (Local 1279) technician.

Dean continued college at night while working full time and earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering. Dean began his management career via a promotion into a management position at Teledyne Continental Motors. Later, Dean again returned to college at night, while working full time, to obtain his graduate degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University.

Dean eventually rose through the ranks of management and was promoted to Director of Operations and Engineering for the Teledyne Continental Motors/General Dynamics land Systems’ Muskegon Technical Center. Prior to his retirement, Dean transferred to his company’s corporate office in the Detroit area as part of the executive leadership team. He was responsible for the management the project engineering efforts for one of the company’s largest programs, leading the efforts of approximately 1,000 people in the United States and foreign locations.

Dean is running for Congress because of the dysfunction and partisan gridlock that has paralyzed Washington. The people of the people of the 2nd Congressional District want change and he offers that positive change. With his business experience, extensive experience in team leadership and proven ability “to get the job done”, Dean is ready to start fixing a broken Congress so that he can make this county a better place for the people of West Michigan, including his two children and three beautiful grandchildren.

Dean speaking at our May meeting:

Tom Stobie for State Representative

Friends... Meet Tom

Fmr. State Rep. Dan Scripps


I'm writing to share some exciting developments in our 101st State House District, and to ask you to support our candidate – Tom Stobie.

You and I have experienced a lot of joy and heartache together. In 2008 we won an historic landslide victory. However, in 2010, we just missed successfully resisting the tidal wave that shook Michigan and lost the 101st seat to Ray Franz.

Since then, Franz has represented northwest Michigan poorly ... to put it kindly. He’s raised taxes on seniors and families, cut more than $2 billion dollars from our schools and children, pushed to turn our public schools over to for-profit corporations, opposed adding health insurance for 320,000 Michiganders, voted to weaken environmental protections for our precious dunes and wetlands, and even voted against funding the Pure Michigan tourism campaign that brings so many jobs to our region.

We’ve just missed beating Ray Franz the last two elections by only a few hundred votes (each time we received 49% of the vote). But, come this November, we can retake this seat with your help.

We’ve got a great candidate in Tom Stobie. He’s a veteran, teacher, coach, and administrator who ended his career as the Superintendent of Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools in Benzie County. Tom will fight back against Ray Franz and the extremist agenda that’s taken over Lansing. He’ll restore adequate funding for our schools, eliminate the retirement tax that Franz supported, protect our environment, support small businesses, and defend women’s rights.  Tom’s campaign is ramping up: he’s put together a campaign team with a track-record of defeating incumbents, and now has more cash in the bank than Ray Franz. Tom recently launched his website and Facebook page, and will officially launch the campaign on March 20th during a tour of the district.

I’m asking you to support Tom just as much as you supported me.

You’ll be hearing much more from Tom himself over the next few weeks, but I wanted you to know right away how strongly I support Tom and how confident I am that he will win this November and be a representative that makes us proud.

Thanks so much,

Dan Scripps

Local democrats protest in 2011.
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