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MATT VITITOE

Monroe County Democratic Party Chair

Matt Vititoe is a U.S. Navy veteran, who served in the Persian Gulf War. Matt is the the Chairperson of the Monroe County Democratic Party. He is a licensed attorney and a founding member of the law firm, Kershaw, Vititoe & Jedinak, PLC, located in downtown Monroe, Michigan. He also serves on the Board for the nonprofit Women Empowering Women, which operates in Monroe County as Paula’s House I and II.

Matt is a former adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, where he taught mediation and advanced conflict resolution. He graduated from Airport High School in 1990. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Eastern Michigan University in 2000. He graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2005.

Matt lives with his children in Monroe, Michigan.

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    GLORIA RAFKO

    Monroe County Democratic Party Vice-Chair

    Life long Democrat and current 1st Vice Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party. Gloria has a Bachelor Degree from the University of Toledo and a Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University. Presently retired but taught school for 17 years; substance abuse and mental health therapist for 22 yrs. Currently Gloria sits on the boards of Monroe County Mental Health, Holiday Camp, and ALCC and is a member of AAUW, Women's Initiative of Monroe and Kiwanis.

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      MARY ANN NEOPOLITAN

      Monroe County Democratic Party Second Vice-Chair

      Mary Ann has been working and volunteering  in Michigan as a community organizer and grassroots activist for over 20 years. She is a former Chair and Vice Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party. Her resume also includes being Field Director and Organizer for the Michigan House Democrats and serving as the Constituency Outreach Director in Western Pennsylvania for the Obama campaign’s primary operations in 2008. Mary Ann resides in Bedford Township with her Union-activist husband Ralph. 

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      MARY ETTA KREKLAU

      Monroe County Democratic Party Treasurer

      I am Mary Etta O’Brien-Kreklau.  I currently live on Stony Point Peninsula on the shores of Lake Erie.  I grew up primarily in what is now Westland but spent most summers on our family farm in the Upper Peninsula near Pickford, MI.   

      I am a graduate of Madonna University in Livonia, as well as a Wayne County retiree and City of Westland retiree. 

      My work in the public sector allowed me to retire at an age that I could enjoy activities with my five (5) grandchildren; do some traveling with my husband, Charles, and now become a pro-active Grandma!

      I now have time to work on various campaigns such as being a Monroe County Team Captain for Voters’ Not Politicians; the Executive Board of the County of Wayne retirees’ union, AFSCME Subchapter 38; a member and officer of the Monroe County Progressive Democrats; and a member of MCPAN (Monroe County Positive Action Network).   I have also served on our homeowners’ association board as treasurer or secretary for over ten years. 

       In my spare time, I also sing with the River Raisin Sweet Adeline Chorus – which I need to keep my sanity!  I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the Monroe County Democratic Party for a number of years, a Precinct Delegate for (4) years and the Treasurer of the MCDP party since May 2018. 

      Between my regular activities and attending volleyball games of the granddaughter, traveling to Indiana to visit our grandsons, carrying signs and demonstrating for the rights of women and environmental issues (I keep signs in my car trunk always), I can be found at live theater productions, concerts, or the Detroit Institute of Arts.

      I have been forced to become what every politician needs to fear – a fearless grandmother fighting for the future of this country and a quality of life for her grandchildren!

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        HELAYNE DORSEY

        Monroe County Democratic Party Secretary

        A lifelong Democrat, Helayne has lived in Monroe since 1984, working for the city for the past 24 years. She joined MCDP in 2017 and has one daughter, Erin, who is also active as a volunteer for the party. 

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          GERI ALLEN

          Rules & Bylaws

          Life long resident Monroe County. Retired from Monroe County after 37 years with the County Clerks office in 2008, the last 17 years serving as the Clerk/Register Deeds. Continue to be active in County as member of MCOP board, Senior Center Board, several Trinity Lutheran Church Committees, and others. Married and have two adult sons and 3 step grandchildren

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            JON MOORE

            Bingo

            Jon R. Moore has been politically active since 2010 and first volunteered with the Monroe Democratic Party in 2011.  As a member of Michigan Education Association, he became concerned with the systematic dismantling of the public schools in Michigan.  In 2014 he was elected as Precinct Delegate for Frenchtown Twp. #9.  With help from many friends, he helped design and build the Party float for the fair parade for 2016, 2017 and 2018.  He currently is Chair of the weekly bingo fundraiser.  He was a music instructor for 39 years, the last 23 in Michigan.  In 2019 he was seated on the Board of the Frenchtown Center for Active Adults.  He is a member of the Monroe Co. Community College Symphonic Band and the Agora Chorale.  Jon was raised on a beef cattle farm in SE Ohio and earned his BME at Bowling Green St. U. and his MAT at Marygrove College.

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              ALETA JACKSON

              Candidate Screening

              Bio Coming Soon

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                BILL LAVOY

                Candidate Recruitment

                A lifelong resident of Southeast Michigan and former Democratic State Representative for Michigan’s 17th District, Bill has spent his career giving back to his community. From his time as Executive Director of Monroe Public Access (MPACT), membership in Rotary and the Monroe Port Commission, LaVoy has worked to make Monroe County a special place.

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                  KEITH GODFREY

                  Communications

                  Keith Godfrey is a lifelong Democrat and a veteran volunteer of the Democratic Party, beginning as a high school senior, where he committed to working for a candidate for local office and giving his time to Bill Clinton's reelection campaign. He continued his work on local and state campaigns, frequently working as a writer for candidates, and eventually assisting with social media campaigns for candidates and action committees. Keith joined the Monroe County Democratic Party in the fall of 2018, and began serving in the role of Communications Chair in December of that year. He has been instrumental in the relaunch of our website in the winter of 2020, and growing our social media footprint.

                   

                  Keith is a 1997 graduate of Temperance-Bedford Senior High School and a 2006 graduate of Spring Arbor University where received his B.A. in  Management and Organizational Development. He enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar, and being active in his children's activities. Keith lives with his wife of 19 years, Brie, in Lambertville, with their two daughters.  

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                    Fundraising and Finance

                    Coming Soon

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                      LINDA LAUER

                      Membership Recruitment and Volunteers

                      Linda Lauer is a lifelong Democrat and former elected trustee for the Monroe County Community College for six years. She is very involved in our community. Linda is a Licensed Physical Therapist with over 30 years of experience and has owned her own physical therapy practice for over 20 years.

                       

                      She is a graduate of Monroe Jefferson, University of Toledo, the Medical College of Ohio, and Touro University. Linda lives in Monroe and loves to travel to Central America!

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                        JENNIFER DEVENISH

                        Youth Engagement

                        Jennifer always had an interest in politics, serving as a volunteer during the 2008 Obama campaign. She took a short break from active involvement, however, after the 2016 election, she felt the responsibility to reengage and became involved in working to elect candidates that shared her values.

                        Jennifer also serves as a Precinct Delegate.

                        She is the proud mom of two young men that attend Western Michigan University.  She works at a public high school and has the pleasure of spending her days engaging with young people.