Canton Dems January Meeting - 1-15-20 - 7-8:30pm

Special Guest Speaker: Andrea Hug, Director of the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council (CLC


Andrea Hug will be giving a presentation about the Community Literacy Council (CLC). The CLC provides free English tutors to adults (18 & older), who speak English as a 2nd language. The CLC is in need of volunteer tutors in Canton, where English is a 2nd language to 20% of the population. 

Mission Statement

 Providing adults with basic reading, writing and communication so they may participate in their community and reach their fullest potential in life. 

P-CCS Core Executive Team Members


 P-CCS Members will provide information on the school bond issue on the ballot in March 2020. 

November Labor Forum - Wednesday November 20, 2019

The Canton Democratic Club and Wayne County Commissioner Melissa Daub's Labor Forum


Melissa Daub, Wayne County Commissioner


Michael Siegrist, Canton Township Clerk

Panelists & Invited Guests:

  • Ed Honsinger - United Auto, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers (UAW)

  • Michael Curran - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) -

  • Brett Gierak - International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) -


Canton Dems UofM/MSU Pregame Bowling Social

Additional Information

 Join us for a fun night of bowling with your friends at the Canton Democratic Club before the big MSU/Michigan game. Support your favorite team or just come to hang out, bowl, and eat pizza. Please RSVP because we need a headcount to reserve lanes.

The suggested donation is $10. 


When: Friday November 15, 2019


Where: Super Bowl Lanes, 45100 Ford Road, Canton, Michigan 48187

October Monthly Meeting - Wed., October 16, 2019 - 7pm

Special Guest Speaker - Lori Carpentier, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Michigan


The Canton Democratic Club is pleased to announce Lori Carpentier, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) and Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) will be our speaker at our October meeting.

Before being named CEO in 2005, Lori Carpentier also was Director of Education, Director of Patient Services, and Vice President of Medical Affairs. She led PPAM through five mergers to become one statewide affiliate in 2016, with 20 health centers, nearly 65,000 patients and serving another 17,000 with educational programming. Carpentier advocates for access to quality reproductive health care and represents the public policy interests of Planned Parenthood patients and supporters across the state. A leading expert in Michigan on women’s reproductive health care, she has testified before Congress and the Michigan State Legislature.

Nationally, Carpentier served on numerous task forces and workgroups for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Since becoming CEO, she served as a member and is now Chair of 416 Holdings, Inc. (the parent company for Afaxys Pharmaceuticals), and is the liaison between Planned Parenthood’s Affiliate Chief Executives Council and the Medical Directors Council. Carpentier also currently serves on the national Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board of Directors as an affiliate CEO representative.

Carpentier, who began her career with PP as a medical assistant in 1985, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Michigan State University with a concentration in Adolescent Sexuality.


Canton Democratic Club - Annual Pasta Dinner

Guest Speaker: Heaster Wheeler - Asst. Secretary of State & former-Executive Director NAACP Detroit

Guest Speaker: Heaster Wheeler - Asst. Secretary of State & former-Executive Director NAACP Detroit

Emcee: Lori Goldman - Founder of Fems for Dems

Emcee: Lori Goldman - Founder of Fems for Dems

Guest Speaker: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed - Founder of Southpaw Michigan and 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate

Guest Speaker: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed - Founder of Southpaw Michigan and 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate

Friday, Sept 20, 2019 - 6:30 pm - 9 pm

Canton Democratic Club 2019 Pasta Dinner will be held at Fellows Creek Golf Club and Banquet Facility at 2936 S. Lotz Road in Canton on September 20, 2019 from 6:30-9:00pm.

M/C:  Lori Goldman - Founder, Fems for Dems

Special Guest Speakers:  

 Heaster Wheeler, Asst. Secretary of State and former NAACP executive director.

 Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. He is the Chair at Southpaw Michigan, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Governing Institute. 


The Canton Democrat Club will be holding a Silent Auction. 

(items can be purchased with check or credit card, no cash)

50/50 Raffle Drawing - Cash Accepted



Tickets at the Door:

Tickets are available for purchase at the door by Check or Credit Card. No Cash will be accepted at the door. 

Tickets by Mail:

Tickets can be purchased by mail by check. (must be received by September 15th)

Send Check to Canton Democratic Club, P.O. Box 871064, Canton, Michigan 48187

August Meeting - Voter Protection

Wednesday August 21, 2019 - 7pm at the Canton Township Municipal Building, 1150 S. Canton Center Rd


 August's Special Guest Speaker - Erica Peresman - Voter Protection Director of the MDP 

Erica Peresman is a lawyer and voting rights activist. As a member of the Executive Committee

of Promote the Vote and chair of its Speakers Bureau, Erica helped get Ballot Proposal 3 passed

overwhelmingly by Michigan voters in 2018. She was named Voter Protection Director of the

Michigan Democratic Party in March 2019.

Erica practiced business law at Pettit & Martin in San Francisco and at Pepper Hamilton

in Detroit, where she was a partner. After a detour to Luxembourg for her husband’s job and a

stint as a stay-at-home parent, she was Director of Philanthropy at Gleaners Community Food

Bank in Detroit before deciding to focus on voting rights.

Erica has held leadership positions in several community organizations. She currently serves as

Treasurer of the Detroit Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC, mentors at-risk girls at

Eastpointe High School through Women of Tomorrow, and co-chairs the Grant Review

Committee of Impact100 Metro Detroit. She is a past president of Congregation Shir Tikvah in


Erica earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a law degree

from Stanford Law School. She and her husband David Jaffe are the proud parents of two adult


June Meeting - Environmental Forum

Wednesday June 19, 2019 - 7pm at the Canton Township Municipal Building, 1150 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188

The Environmental Forum will be Moderated by State Representative Kristy Pagan 

Guest Speakers include:

Andrew Sarpolis - Organizing Representative, Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club

Andrew Sarpolis is an advocate with the Sierra Club who strives to implement fact-based, beneficial, and effective public policies which benefit the environment, labor, and public health through the construction of grassroots movements. He has a wide gamut of experience in issues spanning from labor (Southeast Michigan Jobs Community Co-Chair) to environmental justice (NAACP North Oakland Branch Climate Co-Chair) to human rights (Vice Chair of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights).

Andrew advises organizations on grassroots strategy, with a focus on the environment. He has organized events which drew over a thousand people (the most notable were the Detroit March for Justice and the sulfur dioxide public hearings in southwestern Detroit).

Andrew's current project is mobilizing local, grassroots momentum in towns and cities to support adopting targets for 100% renewable energy. He has already recruited the municipal leaders of West Bloomfield Township, Brownstown Township, Ferndale, Royal Oak, East Lansing, Grand Grapids, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, and Ann Arbor to sign the pledge.

Sean McBrearty -- Campaign Organizer, Clean Water Action

Sean learned the importance of protecting drinking water and our environment from a young age, growing up in a community devastated by perennial droughts and poor water and air quality in California’s central valley. He worked briefly as a firefighter before leaving California to attend school at Franciscan University in Ohio, where he studied History. 

Sean started out as a canvasser, became a Field Manager, then Senior Field Manager, and became the Canvass Director of the Lansing Office in July of 2013. Sean spent 2 and a half years as the Lansing Canvass Director before moving into his current role as a Program Organizer based in our Lansing office, where he leads our work on pipeline safety, infrastructure, and water issues.

Regina Strong -- Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Environmental Justice Public Advocate

Regina is the former Michigan Director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and brings an extensive background in advocacy and public affairs to her new role. She previously served in a variety of leadership roles, including as the executive director of Community Development Advocates of Detroit.

The executive order creating the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate also established The Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team which will include the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Civil Rights, Health and Human Services, Natural Resources, and Transportation, as well as the Public Service Commission and Michigan Strategic Fund.  As the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, Strong will serve as chair of the Response Team.

Andrew Nowicki -- Chair, MDP Environmental CaucusMichigan Democratic Party Environmental Caucus

Andrew is an environmental activist with a particular passion for Michigan wildlife. He aims to build awareness of the natural world by hosting animal presentations, nature walks, and writing about environmental issues across the state.

The MDP Environmental Caucus' mission  is to develop an exchange of action between the public and the Democratic Party for the betterment of Michigan's environment and support green energy issues. We encourage our members to develop and support legislation around these issues.

Sean Hammond -- Deputy Policy Director, Michigan Environmental Council

Sean helps MEC build and maintain relationships with lawmakers, stay abreast of new bills and legislative committee activities, and keep the organization's member groups informed about developments at the Capitol. In terms of policy, Sean covers transportation, mining, recycling and solid waste and contaminated sites.

A native of Potterville, Mich., Hammond comes to MEC with experience working in the Legislature and state agencies. He held a legal externship with Michigan's Senate Majority Policy Office, where he provided Republican lawmakers with policy analysis and legal memos on proposed legislation. He also has interned with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette and with state Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), who was then serving in the House. Hammond is a 2014 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law and a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Janis Bobrin - President, Michigan League of Conservation Voters


Before stepping down in 2012, Janis served 24 years as the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner. She was re-elected to the position five times and has been applauded for advancing sustainable storm water practices and increasing public education efforts around water stewardship in the County.

As an officer with the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, she worked to ensure that water quality protection and environmental resource management became integral parts of Drain Commissioners’ jobs in Michigan. Before becoming Water Resources Commissioner, Janis worked as an Environmental Planner and Manager of Water Quality Programs for SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments).

In addition to serving on the MLCV Board, Janis is currently serving as one of Ann Arbor’s representatives to the Huron River Watershed Council Board and Executive Committee. She is also a citizen member of Washtenaw County Parks Commission, and serves on other non-environmental nonprofit Boards. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

The Environmental Forum will be Moderated by State Representative Kristy Pagan

The Environmental Forum will be Moderated by State Representative Kristy Pagan