WHERE: Leopold Brothers, 523 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor.
WHEN: Monday, February 18, 5pm-7pm.
WHO: Larry Kestenbaum (kestenbaum), Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds,
running for re-election this year.
WHAT: Campaign fundraiser. Essentially, people come in, drop off a check
in a bowl near the door, mill around, eat, drink, and talk about politics
or whatever. At some point, somebody stands up and introduces all the
politicos who are present, and Larry makes a very brief speech. Food is free,
alcohol costs. Pretty much like a party, other than that.
HOW MUCH: Whatever you care to contribute (from $1 to the insane legal
limit of $3,400). No cash. No corporate checks. No money from foreign
WHY: (Larry writes:) "I was elected County Clerk/Register in 2004: it's the position that's
responsible for vital records, elections, deeds, court records, business
names, etc. I've accomplished a lot and very much enjoy the job, so I'm
running for a second term this year. Customers, staff, county
administration and local officials have been pretty happy with the office
under my leadership. However, I must run for renomination in August, and
primaries are highly unpredictable. Campaigns cost money, and this is a big
county, with a third of a million population. If I lose, my replacement
will surely be someone far less techie than I."
Larry's a good guy, and a good clerk, and he throws a nice party, so check it out.