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July Meeting: Gubernatorial Debate Watch Party!

  • Bagger Dave's 2972 Coolidge Highway Berkley, MI, 48072 United States (map)

Our General Meeting will be at Bagger Dave's in Berkely on Thursday, July 19 from 7 - 9. We will be watching the Democratic Gubernatorial Debate at 8 pm. At 7, we will hear from candidate for Governor, Bill Cobbs; Nancy Quarles, Incumbent and Candidate for the 17th District, Oakland County Board of Commissioners; Yolanda Smith Charles, candidate for the 17th District Oakland County Board of Commissioners, as well as Yvette McElroy Anderson, and Dr. Anil Kumar who are running for Wayne State University Board of Governors. Beer, wine and apps are $4 on Thursdays!

Bill Cobbs, write-in Candidate for Governor was born and raised in Detroit. After graduating from Cass Tech he attended the University of Michigan. Because his parents could only afford the first year of college, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1971. There he was selected for the Navy BOOST Program (Broadened Opportunities for Officer Selection and Training), which allowed him to return to U of M to complete his undergraduate education. After leaving the Navy, he attended Wayne State University Law School, and to help pay his way through school, became a Detroit Police Officer. As an Officer, he was a member of police unions DPOA and POAM. After graduating law school, Cobbs took a job with Xerox and worked his way up to becoming the Global Vice President for Consulting and Systems Integration for the U.S., Canada, Latin American, and Europe. Later in life, he served as the Marketplace President with IKON, and then President and CEO for a Danish software company focused on search engine optimization.

Nancy Quarles currently serves on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for the 17th District and is candidate in the upcoming election. Quarles graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a BS in Business Administration, and received her Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. She served on the Oakland County Commission for District 21, the Michigan House of Representatives from 1996-2002, is a member of the Michigan Women's Political Caucus; a member of the Michigan Society of Planning Officials, the Oakland County Economic and Development Commission, and the Salvation Army Advisory Council.

Yolanda Smith Charles, also a candidate for the 17th District Oakland County Board of Commissions, is a product of Southeastern Michigan. A graduate of Southfield Public Schools, Yolanda has enjoyed what it means to live in Oakland County. For decades Yolanda has had a birds-eye view of this community and the county that represents it.

As a youngster during the summer months, Yolanda learned community working in the 46th District Court and Southfield's Human Services department learning from champions of the Lathrup Village, Oak Park, and Southfield communities. 

Yolanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management Information Systems and a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology. As an adjunct professor at the Wayne County Community College District teaching video game design and art for animation, Yolanda is expressly aware of the importance of workforce development and information systems infrastructure for the viability of our district and the county.

As an 8 year Trustee on the Southfield Board of Education, Yolanda learned what it takes to work collaboratively but also the necessity of diversity in thought and approach. Yolanda wants to take that intensity to the County Commission office to better serve the people of District 17.

Currently, Yolanda is developing an Android Application to be used to keep constituents invested, engaged and informed.

Yvette McElroy Anderson is a candidate for the WSU Board of Governors. Anderson has over 20 years of higher education advocacy. She has served as the VP for Wayne County Community College, Downtown District, Field Director for Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee, is a 2008 Graduate of the Political Leadership Program, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, served on the Michigan Democratic Party Executive Committee, was a precinct Delegate for 20 years, and served on the steering committee for African American 490 Challenge. She is endorsed by the Fannie Lou Hamer PAC, the Michigan AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the UAW, the 13th Congressional District, the 14th Congressional District, AFT, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters,and the MEA Democratic Educators Caucus. She is focused on increasing retention and graduation rates, ensuring that tuition remains affordable, improving research opportunities through increased business incubator support services. See "Elect Yvette McElory Anderson for Wayne State Board of Governors" on Facebook.

Dr. Anil Kumar, is also a candidate for WSU Board of Governors. He is a former candidate for Michigan's 11th Congressional District in 2014 and 2016. He currently serves as the MDP Director of Community Outreach. Dr. Kumar completed his residence in Urology at Wayne State and is a WSU Medical School graduate. There he met his wife, both of their sons graduated from Wayne Statue undergrad, and their eldest went on to graduate from Wayne State Medical School. Both he and his wife are active alumni, and his wife has served a co-chair of the Alumni Association. He is endorsed by Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Congressman Sandy Levin, State Rep. Christine Grieg, State Rep Kristy Pagan, and Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman.

Earlier Event: June 28
OPHW Dems Summer Soiree
Later Event: August 7
Primary Election