In The News: KCDP State Of The Union Watch Party

Last night, President Biden laid out his vision for our future. He delivered a powerful speech with great ideas and strong calls to action. With Vice President Harris and our Democratic Members of Congress by our side, we will continue to thrive and grow.

Thank you to our very own Scott Urbanowski and Chris Herweyer who gave interviews to Fox 17 and WWMT 3 talking about the strengths of President Biden’s speech and his administration.

We are Democrats, proud and strong. Like President Biden said: “We never back down, we never surrender.”

When we take back a majority in the House and maintain our majority in the Senate, and send President Biden and Vice President Harris back to Washington, DC this November, it will be thanks to a lot of hard work of, by, and for the people.

When we organize, we win!

See what other key Michigan voices are saying about last night’s SOTU via the Michigan Democratic Party.

Distinguished Democrats: Hon. Lupe Ramos-Montigny

Hon. Lupe Ramos-Montigny
Educator, Democratic Party Leader, Community Organizer

Anyone who has ever crossed paths with Lupe Ramos-Montigny would undoubtedly tell you she is a force to be reckoned with. Certainly, she is nothing but a ball of gusto, vim and vigor even now after decades of dedication as an educator, mentor, politico, and community organizer.

“There’s no book that says you have to like Ramos-Montigny,” Lupe once told Tom Rademacher, a long-time reporter and columnist for The Grand Rapids Press, with a laugh. “I just believe in doing good work, and hoping others join in. My motto? Do not allow anyone or anything to get in the way of progress.

From picking Michigan cherries and tomatoes as a migrant worker’s child to earning numerous degrees and teaching 36 years with GRPS, Lupe has been guided by a singular focus on cultivating herself, building up those around her, and never letting “no” stop her.

After retiring from teaching, W. Paul Mayhue recruited her to join Kent County Democrats as a professional. When asked what she wanted to do, Lupe responded that she wanted to go to Democratic National Conventions.

Countless of conventions later, she is noted as the organizing force behind the Michigan Democratic Hispanic/Latino Caucus, which she also chaired. In 2002, she also became the first Latina to serve as Kent County Democratic Party Chair and later, in 2003, the first Hispanic Vice-Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

She was elected to the Michigan State Board of Education for eight years, and she continues to chair the community-based Committee to Honor Cesar E. Chavez since its inception in 2000.

As a leader, Lupe has found she could help lots of people at all levels. And she urges everyone: “Attend meetings. Get involved. Understand how things work and meet key leaders. There are many opportunities to be a leader. We always have to move forward.”

It’s that indomitable spirit that caused GVSU to name the “Si Se Puede” “Yes, I Can!” Legacy Scholarship after her in 2015. This past November, she was recognized as an engaged and inspiring individual at the “16 Over 60 Gala.”

“If I believe in something, I will work hard,” Lupe said. “I never say I can’t do something. Right now, I can.”

Click here to read more of Lupe’s story by Terry Gates.

Resolution Passes Regarding Drive SAFE Legislation

At the last business meeting on February 14, County Commissioner Ivan Diaz presented a resolution which would declare Kent Democrats’ support for the Drive SAFE legislation pending in Lansing, and urge our members to work toward its passage to become law. The motion to consider the resolution was seconded by Stan Gronek and opened for discussion. Previously, the Executive Board discussed the proposed resolution and recommended its approval. The resolution was offered because no hearing on these bills has yet taken place, even though all Kent County Democrats in the state legislature have voiced their support for the legislation and 19 other states have already enacted a similar law. Upon close of discussion, the resolution regarding support for the Drive SAFE legislation was passed by the county committee with a unanimous vote of 33-0.

See the full text of the resolution below:

Get Out The Vote for the 2024 Presidential Primary!

Happy GOTV weekend, everyone! A few reminders:

  • If you haven’t voted yet in the presidential primary, make sure you make your plan to vote! You can vote early in person today, Saturday, or Sunday. If you have an absentee ballot, make sure to turn it in to a drop box or in person (we don’t recommend using the mail at this point!). Polls will be open Tuesday from 7am to 8pm. You can find more information about where you can vote at
  • The MDP Voter Protection Hotline is available in English, Arabic, and Spanish. Call 833MIVOTES (833-648-6837) for any questions about voting, or to report any challenges you run into.
  • We will be canvassing tomorrow (Sat 2/24) at 10am. This is one of the most effective ways to reach out to voters, knocking on doors and having one-on-one conversations. We’ll be leaving from the Kent Dems office, and you can sign up here:
  • Also tomorrow (Sat 2/24) from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Congresswoman Scholten is hosting a virtual phone bank to call voters, with some other special guests! This will be an online phonebank to reach out to voters (training will be provided!). You can RSVP here:
  • Interested in volunteering as a poll challenger on Election Day? Sign up here to receive training and scheduling information:

Learn more about Volunteering with Kent Dems here.

Kent Dems Gala 2024

Please join us in Moving Michigan Forward on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the GVSU Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids. This year we will be talking about Moving Michigan Forward. Because, as we have all learned, Democracy Depends on You! 

The dinner and program will begin at 6 pm, with a VIP reception at 5 pm. A card bar will also be available at 5 pm.

This year’s event is featuring several guest speakers that will be announced soon!

Purchase tickets here!