Antrim County Republican Candidates running for Elected Office

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( * Unopposed in Republican primary on August 2, 2016 – General Election only on November 8, 2016)


Prosecuting Attorney
James L. Rossiter – Republican *  4600 Powell Lane, Kewadin, MI 49648 231-357-2425

Daniel S. Bean – Republican * 744 Korr Road, Mancelona, MI 49659 231-564-0634

County Clerk
Sheryl Guy – Republican * PO Box 472 507 Green Acres, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-533-6554

County Treasurer
Sherry Comben – Republican * 3350 Oslund Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231- 533-8301

Register of Deeds
Patty Niepoth – Republican * 834 S. Intermediate Lake Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-350-2672

Drain Commissioner
Mark Stone – Republican * 331 US 31 S. Kewadin, MI 49648 231-409-3466

County Surveyor
Scott Papineau – Republican * 4201 N. M-88, Central Lake, MI 49622 231-544-8020


District #1

David L. Heeres – Republican 6323 East Jordan Road, Ellsworth, MI 49729 231-675-7741

Marvin Rubingh – Republican 8022 Rubingh Road, Ellsworth, MI 49729 231-588-6084

District #2

William Bailey –Republican 1592 N. Intermediate Lake Road, Central Lake, MI 49622 231-920-6710

Randy Gothrup – Republican 3490 Vandermark Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-350-3050

Melissa Zelenak – Republican 1966 S. Main, Central Lake, MI 49622 231-350-1778

District #3

Karen Bargy – Republican 4931 Cairn Hwy., Kewadin, MI 49648 231-357-2460

Kim MacMaster – Republican 5966 Beaver Creek Trail, Kewadin, MI 49648 989-600-8623

District #4

Ed Boettcher – Republican 11476 Cabana Shore Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690 231-463-4555

William D. White – Republican 10593 U.S. 31, Williamsburg, MI 49690 231-645-2519

District #5

Michael G. Bertram – Republican 7741 S M-88 Hwy., Mancelona, MI 49659 231-620-5111

Bryan Smith – Republican 3657 Shumaker Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-676-0726

District #6

Jim Gurr – Republican 8548 Helena Road, Alden, MI 49612 231-331-6394

Brenda Ricksgers – Republican 4236 Ricksgers Road, Alden, MI 49612 231-331-4011

District #7

Dawn Lavanway – Republican 126 Garner Road, East Jordan, MI 49727 231-536-3157

James B. Peters – Republican 2474 Adams Road, East Jordan, MI 49727 231-463-8025

District #8

Ron Allen – Republican 2730 Doerr Road, Mancelona, MI 49659 231-564-0265

Scott Kruger – Republican 10517 S. Johnson, Mancelona, MI 49659 231-342-7262

District #9

Christian K. Marcus – Republican * 9910 Alba Hwy., Elmira, MI 49730 231-584-3200


NBC/Marist Poll HUGE Shift,…Trump lead up to 15 in Indiana over Cruz

Trump Two Thumbs Up

Here is a link to the actual NBC/Marist poll itself;

5-1-16 NBC NewsWSJMarist Poll before Indiana

CALL TO ACTION – Call your U.S. Congressman,…TODAY!!!

Please call your U.S. Congressman,…TODAY and tell them to sponsor U.S. Congressman – Ted Yoho’s (3rd District – Florida) Resolution calling for a Special Select Committee to have the FBI investigate the Executive Branch and the Obama’s administration for potentially committing “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” as outlined in the resolution which can be reviewed at this link;
4-18-16 Yoho Resolution for Select Committee

Click on this link to find the names of our Congressman and their phone numbers;

U.S. Capitol Building

Call the Congressmen TODAY!!!

Antrim County Republican Party Executive Committee Meeting – Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Meeting convened via a conference call at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday March 17th, 2016.

Executive Board Members present were Chairman-Randy Bishop, Secretary-Priscilla Miller, Treasurer-Laura Bogdan, Co-Vice Chair-Jim Gurr.  Executive Committee Members present were Cheri Hogan, Greg Valerio and Gerald Averill. ( 7 of 13 members)

Purpose of the meeting was to propose a slate of elected/elevated precinct delegates to be presented at the Antrim County Republican Convention being held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  where only elected precinct delegates will be allowed to vote.

Per the ACRP By Laws, any member interested in becoming a voting delegate or alternate for the upcoming Michigan Republican Party State Convention (to be held on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th, 2016 in Lansing, Michigan) will notify either the Chairman or the Secretary of their desire to do so, by either phone call or e-mail.  Only Kim MacMaster and Greg MacMaster expressed an interest to our County Chairman after the mailing of the notice of our “Call to County Convention” on Friday, February 26th, 2016, per the MRP rules.

Selection of names was based on the following criteria:  1.)  Attendance at our ACRP monthly meetings; 2.)  Participation at our meetings and other political activities;  and 3.)  Informed on the national issues and our Presidential candidates.

The seven elected/elevated precinct delegates to be our ACRP voting Delegates to the MRP State Convention on April 8th and 9th. were:

1. Randy Bishop, 2. Vicki Bishop, 3. Cheri Hogan, 4. Greg Valerio, 5. Bill Bailey, 6. Gerald Averill and 7. Jim Gurr.

Also, our current State Representative – Triston Cole will be voting at the State Convention as a Delegate “At-Large” due to being a member of our County Party and resident of Antrim County.

Motion to approve was made by Jim Gurr and was 2nd by Laura Bogdan.  After a lengthy discussion, motion was unanimously approved.

The seven elected precinct delegates to be our ACRP Alternates to the MRP State Convention on April 8th and 9th. were:

1. Ed Boettcher, 2. Tom Stillings,  3. Laura Bogdan 4. Karen Fulkerson, 5. Jarris Rubingh, 6. Richard Hoadley, and 7. Julia Amos

Motion to approve was made by Randy Bishop and was 2nd Laura Bogdan.  After a lengthy discussion, motion was unanimously approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Resolution in Support of Campaign Finance Reform as Sponsored by Kim MacMaster

Resolution in Support of Campaign Finance Reform

Sponsor: Kim MacMaster

Kim MacMaster

Whereas: Elected policy makers are put in place to serve the needs of their constituents;

Whereas: Elected officials are put at a disadvantage before they begin their first day due to the high cost of campaigning and contributions by special interests and lobbyists as current campaign laws allow;

Whereas: Republicans throughout Michigan recognize the need for state based Campaign Finance Reform;

Whereas: The will of the average voter is often misled due to big expenditures stemming from difficult to identify entities spending extraordinary amounts of money to sway the public prior to elections;

Whereas: Voters across Michigan are disillusioned by the role they see money playing in the states elections;

Therefore, this body does hereby support the notion of a ballot initiative to address the need for campaign finance reform in Michigan.

ACRP Unanimously Passes Resolution for Congressman Benishek and others to introduce “Articles of Impeachment” of President Obama!!!


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Resolution in Support of the introduction of “Articles of Impeachment” against President Obama

WHEREAS, evidence exists to support the charge that Barack Hussein Obama is guilty of Usurpation of the Oval Office via criminal identity fraud; and,

WHEREAS, additional evidence supports the charge that Barack Hussein Obama is further guilty of Malfeasance, misconduct and abuse of the Oval Office; and,

WHEREAS, further evidence suggests that Barack Hussein Obama is guilty of Aiding and Abetting known enemies of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, such high crimes, constitutional offenses and intrusions committed by numerous members of the Obama Administration, under the direction of Barack Hussein Obama, violates the Republican platform of Constitutional self-governance guaranteed every State and every legal American citizen; and,

WHEREAS, the conduct has caused and continues to cause great harm to citizens of the United States by way of unsustainable national debt, unsecured borders, increased national security threats, and open threat to the peace and tranquility of life in the United States, as well as an assault on States and Individual Rights protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and threatens the health and well-being of our beloved country, states, counties, towns, and fellow citizens;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Antrim County Republican Executive Committee and it’s members strongly support the Articles of Impeachment against Barack Hussein Obama and all involved in these crimes, as carefully researched and prepared by The North American Law Center and presented to Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, for formal introduction to the House Judiciary Committee.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Antrim County Republican Executive Committee and it’s members strongly calls upon every Republican Representative from the Great State of Michigan, especially our retiring U.S. Congressman from our 1st District – Dan Benishek (R) to take immediate action, in accordance with your oaths of office, to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and the people of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, placing the subject proposed Articles of Impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee to launch an investigation into the criminal acts evidenced and charged in the prepared said Articles, and demands that the Republican Party’s platform be followed by all elected Republicans.

Passed UNANMINOUSLY (42 – 0) of those in attendance this 15th day of February, 2016

By Order of the Antrim County Republican Executive Committee and it’s Members

Randy Bishop – Chairman

Elected officials in attendance; State Representative – Triston Cole, former State Representative – Greg MacMaster, Antrim County Treasurer – Sherry Comben, Antrim County Clerk – Sheryl Guy, 1st Congressional District and Michigan Republican Party State Committeewoman – Kimberly MacMaster

IMPORTANT – Monthly Meeting – February 15, 2016 @ 7:30 – 9:00 pm

The Antrim County Republican Party will have J.B. Williams of the North American Law Center as a guest presenter to discuss their 14 page document which contains 48 specific impeachable offenses that our current President Barack Obama has committed;

Click on this link to review their document  NALC Articles of Impeachment for President Obama


Additionally, a resolution will be introduced for approval by those attending the meeting;

Click on this link to review the resolution;

2-15-16 Antrim County Republican Party’s Resolution in Support of Impeachment of President Obama

Dates and Conventions for 2016


Dates and Conventions:

County convention: March 22nd

County convention: August 11th

State convention: August 27-28

RNC National Convention Delegates August 27th


Dates to remember:

Presidential primary March 8th, 2016

Primary August 2nd, 2016 for U.S. Congressman, State Representatives, county and township positions

General Election on November 8th, 2016


Filing deadline for Precinct Delegates is April 19th, 2016.


Due to the weather and forecast for more snow this afternoon/evening, we have CANCELLED tonight’s ACRP monthly meeting!!!

We will re-schedule and notify everyone when we do.  Stay warm and safe.

November 2015 – Monthly Meeting Minutes

Antrim County Republican Party Meeting Minutes for 11/16/15

Meeting convened at 7:35 p.m. Chairman Randy Bishop: Pledge: Invocation: Jim Gurr

Treasurer’s Report: Laura Bogdan absent:  Co- Vice Chair Kim MacMaster, gave the report. $x,xxx.xx  in Corporate Acct.:  $ x,xxx.xx  in State Acct.

Minutes from Oct. 19th. meeting were shown on the screen. Co-Vice- Chair Jim Gurr, read the minutes:  Secretary Priscilla Miller, will correct the spelling of Christian Marcus’  name. Motion to approve: Bill Bailey: 2nd Greg Valerio

Chairman’s Report:  Explained State Representative Coles’s Energy Bill: HB 4575  would connect the U.P. to lower Michigan’s power grid. HB 42 97 would re- regulate electric utilities. HB4298 according to ‘MI Votes,’ would give state electric utilities a monopoly on generation. Currently 10% of the market is capped, where people can choose. Under this bill 90% of that remaining10% will be eliminated, giving DTE and Consumers Energy a monopoly. Showed video: State Rep. Gary Glenn, challenging  Energy Policy Committee Chair Aric Nesbitt, for ramming through a number of amendments without  allowing enough time for committee members to read them.

Read article from Norm Huges, saying passage of bills could double electric bills.  All three bills are tie barred together.

“Heated” discussion on energy package ensued: Members voiced their concern and displeasure, with possible passage of bills and the leadership in Lansing.

Bill Bailey made a motion: to ask State Representative Triston Cole,  not to vote for Energy Bills 4297, 4298 and 4575. 2nd by Vicki Bishop.  Discussion on motion followed: Discussion closed:  vote taken by raise of hands: Carried unanimously:  Resolution will be sent to Rep.Cole.

Photos of tally board showing how legislators voted on license plate registration fee. and the wholesale fuel tax increase.  Raising taxes without a vote of the people is a direct violation of Headley Amendment.  A Go Fund Me account to challenge these tax increases in court has been set up. MATH “Media Against Tax Hikes”.   Law does not take effect until 2017, after the elections. May motivate judge to overturn, prior to law’s inception.

Two Congressional District Committees have already passed a resolutions, calling for the immediate removal of Senate Majority Leader, Arlan Meekof and MI Speaker of the House, Kevin Cotter.  Jesse Osmer Chair of the 1st. Congressional Committee has reviewed the resolution and considering bring it up, at the next district committee meeting.

Chairman Bishop: Read the Resolution and submitted said resolution as a motion on behalf of the Antrim County Republican Party: 2nd: Myron Curtis If we do this at a county level and more counties also pass this resolution and it’s done at the district levels.  Will send a message to legislators: they need to pass a vote of no confidence  and remove these men. Discussion on resolution followed. Vote taken by a raise of hands: Passed unanimously. Resolutions will be posted on web site.

Secretary: Priscilla Miller: questioned status of State Rep. Cole’s letter to Att. General – Bill Scheutte, regarding State Senate Office Building; We should reach out to Bill Scheutte: see if he received Triston’s letter dated October 6th. and what his position on it  is.

Co-Chair: Kim MacMaster: Voiced concern over past  resolutions being ignored by the legislature or executive branch. Would like to focus more on campaign finance reform. Have all districts support a ballot initiative. On a state level all the whining and dining, by special interests would stop. Wants to do more than just make a statement. Wants to change the way things are done:  Cheri Hogan:  made a motion to have state committee woman Kim MacMaster, pursue campaign finance reform at the state committee level.   2nd. Bill Bailey: vote take: passed unanimously.

Carla, from Mancelona, asked that per last month’s resolution to feature a charity each month on the ACRP web site, we feature Todd Steiner’s  Go Fund Me Page, to build a Memorial Sports Park and Picnic Area, in honor of Ann and Dan Steiner’s son, who recently passed away. It will be posted.

Bill Bailey, made a motion: That in the future, the Antim County Republican Party, require any political candidate that we support, donate money to, or work on their behalf,  sign a no tax pledge, that states they will uphold the 2012 Republican Party Platform and if elected, they will not sign the Caucus Loyalty Pledge”.  If they violate this agreement, they will be asked to return any moneys donated by ACRP. 2nd. Vicki Bishop. Discussion followed. Vote taken: Motion passed.

Due to difficulty fining a location, there will not be a Christmas Party.  Next meeting is Monday, January 18th.

Motion to adjourn: Vicki Bishop 2nd. Bill Bailey  Meeting adjourned at  9:10 p.m.

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    Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017

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