2018-09-06 / Local News

Dems double turnout for brats


GRILLING BRATS at the Leelanau Democrats picnic at Peterson Park on Monday were, from left, Larry Dodd, Jon Bolten and Porter Abbott. GRILLING BRATS at the Leelanau Democrats picnic at Peterson Park on Monday were, from left, Larry Dodd, Jon Bolten and Porter Abbott. Leelanau Democrats turned out in record numbers Monday for the party’s annual Labor Day Picnic at Leelanau Township’s Peterson Park.

At least 200 people were counted. In most previous years, about half that number have appeared.

Some big names in local, state and national politics were there. Former U.S. Senator Don Riegle was a keynote speaker. The crowd also heard from Angie Morgan, a former Marine and spouse of the 1st U.S. Congressional District candidate Matt Morgan, who was campaigning in the Upper Peninsula on Labor Day.

The Democratic candidates for State Senator and State Representative, Kathy Wiejaczka and Mike Taillard respectively, were both on hand as was county Road Commission candidate Garth Greenan, and all of the Democrats running for seats on the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners.

Also in attendance were both candidates for the non-partisan Family and Probate Court Judge race, Mike Long and Marian Kromkowski.

Winners of the party’s Labor Award and Viscochil Award, named after the late David Viscochil of Omena, were named.

Sam Getsinger a retired teacher from Elmwood Township, won the Labor Award for her work with the state teachers’ union, the Michigan Education Association. Tom Gutowski, also of Elmwood Township, won this year’s Viscochil Award for his “excellent and frequent letters to the editor,” according to party chair Gwenne Allgaier.

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