by Karen Mead-Elford, co-editor
“Stand Up Shiawassee” was a new and unusual fundraiser hosted by the Shiawassee Dems on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Fortitude on S. M-52. Four comedians from various points in Michigan entertained to a full house at the evening event.
The four comedians included Nick Leydorf, Ella Hordwedel, Will Green and Nardos Osterhart. Each comedian brought a different comic flavor to the fundraiser and the majority of the comedy was not politically centered.
Laura Archer, chair of the Shiawassee Dems and the emcee, explained the funds will be used to assist local Democrats in the 2020 election. After John Horvath (D) passed away in March 2019 and his county commissioner seat went to Dan McMaster (R), the Dems had two remaining Democrats in office at the county level: Shiawassee Road Commissioner John Michalec and Shiawassee Drain Commissioner Tony Newman. There are a few Democrats involved at the municipal level, too.
The Shiawassee Dems will host the 2020 Pasta and Politics event on Friday, April 17. The Republican Lincoln Day event is planned for Monday, Feb. 17.