Saturday, January 21, 2017

Livingston County Chapter of High School Democrats being formed
    A chapter of the Michigan High School Democrats is being formed in Livingston County and will hold its first meeting soon.
    “Several high school students volunteered in our office in the 2016 presidential campaign and have stepped up to form an organization that will engage young people in the Democratic Party,” said Judy Daubenmier, chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party.
    “We are delighted at the leadership being shown by these outstanding young people to create this chapter,” she added.
    Some of the organizers said they already were interested in politics before the presidential campaign.
    Loviisa Pasternak, a student at Hartland High School, was one of them. 
    “In a democratic republic, the government is only as strong and smart as the people. As we are fortunate enough to live under one, it is of the utmost importance that everyone be educated about politics--everyone, not just adults. Despite not being able to vote, we, as minors, can still make a major difference,” she said.
    The county party’s executive committee will formally endorse the formation of the chapter at its Jan. 26 meeting. The group plans to hold its organizational meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at party headquarters, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, near the intersection with Hacker Road. Light refreshments will be served.
    The Michigan High School Democrats is a caucus within the Michigan Democratic Party and is affiliated with the High School Democrats of America. The Livingston County chapter will become the 12th in Michigan, joining ones in Troy, Byron Center, Grosse Pointe, Portage, Petoskey, Novi, Holland, Macomb County, Birmingham/Bloomfield, Ann Arbor, and Walled Lake.
    The goals of the Michigan High School Democrats include promoting the interests and concerns of high school students within the Democratic Party; identifying, recruiting, and training high school activists, and serving as a catalyst by which the message of the Democratic Party reaches high school students, as well as helping to elect Democrats to office.
    The Livingston County chapter is a county-wide organization and is not affiliated with any single high school. 
    Loviisa and others involved in organizing the chapter have been gathering names of others who are interested in a chapter.
   To be eligible to join, a student must live in Livingston County and be within three months of entering high school or have left high school within the last three months.
   Any high school Democrats wishing to join the Livingston County chapter of the Michigan High School Democrats
may contact party headquarters at 810-229-4212, email, email Loviisa Pasternak at, or call or text her at 810-599-4032.  

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