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  • published Happy MacGregor Classic in Upcoming Events 2020-05-21 14:23:45 -0400

    Happy MacGregor Classic

    Join Senator Peter MacGregor for the 10th Annual Happy MacGregor Classic!

    For full details, CLICK HERE.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Platinum - $5000

    1 Foursome, 2 Hole Sponsors, Board Placement

    Gold - $2,500

    1 Foursome, 1 Hole Sponsor, Board Placement

    Silver - $1,500

    2 Golfers, Board Placement

    Breakfast Sponsor - $500

    Lunch Sponsor - $650

    Swag Sponsor - $1000

    June 26, 2020 at 6pm
    Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center
    911 Hayes Rd NE
    Comstock Park, MI 49321
    United States
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  • Statement on Justin Amash’s Exploratory Committee Announcement

    Kent County Republican Chair Joel Freeman, Ionia County Republican Chair Miranda Sharp - Boisseau, Barry County Republican Chair Vivian Conner, Calhoun County Chair Jeannie Birchfield, and Michigan Republican Third District Chairman, Terri Lynn Land, issued this statement following  Justin Amash’s  announcement he's  forming a Presidential Exploratory Committee.

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  • published Filing Deadline Statement in Latest News 2020-04-21 19:38:56 -0400

    Filing Deadline Statement

    Kent County Republican Party Chairman, Joel Freeman made the following statement about today’s candidate filing deadline:

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  • published Kent GOP E-News - 4/14/2020 in Latest News 2020-04-14 10:22:27 -0400

    Kent GOP E-News - 4/14/2020

    From our Chair


    Given the latest order from Governor Whitmer, the Kent GOP Gerald R. Ford Republican Headquarters is closed through April 30. Also, all events are canceled from now until April 30. 

    Although we are closed, staff is continuing to work from home and are available to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact the Kent GOP at 616-459-0141 and leave a message, and one of our staff members will follow up with you. 

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  • published Sign the Petition in Get Involved 2020-04-10 23:37:54 -0400

    Sign the Petition




    We recognize the importance of the current Public Health Emergency but we believe the latest Executive Order will take Michigan in the wrong direction. We call on the Governor to work with the Michigan Legislature to ensure businesses who are able to open safely, are allowed to do so. 


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    We recognize the importance of the current Public Health Emergency but we believe the latest Executive Order will take Michigan in the wrong direction. We call on the Governor to work with the Michigan Legislature to ensure businesses who are able to open safely, are allowed to do so. 

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  • published Virtual Trainings 4/6/2020 in Latest News 2020-04-07 10:17:08 -0400

    Virtual Trainings 4/6/2020

    We hope this finds you safe and healthy.

    There are a number of virtual trainings being held this week. If you're looking for a way to help President Trump and the Republican ticket this year, we encourage you to attend one of the trainings listed below.


    Kent County Trump Victory Training

    Tuesday, April 07, 20
    02:00 pm (EDT)

    Team Trump Online! with Lara Trump

    Tue, April 07, 20
    08:00 pm (EDT)

    Michigan Virtual Trump Victory Leadership Initiative Training with guest RNC Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
    01:00 pm (EDT)

    Women for Trump EMPOWER Hour! with Lara Trump

    Thursday, April 09, 2020
    01:00 pm (EDT)


  • published State Convention in Upcoming Events 2020-03-27 11:56:13 -0400

    State Convention



    The Convention originally scheduled for April is now being held VIRTUALLY on Saturday, June 13. The purpose of the State Convention is top elect delegates to the National Convention as well as a National Committeeman and Committeewoman. Please see details below regrading the June 13 State Convention. If you are a deluge and have any questions please contact us at 616-459-0141.

    Congressional District Caucuses will occur also. These caucuses will be held separately and in a different manner than the June 13 State Convention. Please be on the lookout for details for this.

    For a list of delegates (elected at the March County Convention, CLICK HERE).


    Message from MRP Regarding the June 13 Convention Process

    With health guidelines for June still unknown, we must move forward and elect our delegates per RNC rules so we can turn our focus to re-electing President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot. 

    The following is a brief outline of how our virtual convention will operate.

    First and most importantly, MIGOP will need your contact information, including name, mailing address, email, and phone number. If a delegate or alternate's contact information is incorrect or not listed in our records, they will not be able to vote. 

    Please click this link to submit your contact information

    To preserve ballot security, all delegates will be mailed a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) to their home address with instructions that outline how to vote via text message. This precaution will allow you to vote on your smartphone when polls open on June 13. If you do not have asmartphone or text messaging capabilities, please indicate that on your information form and a member of my staff will reach out to you directly. 

    There will be a live broadcast of the convention from the Lansing Center beginning at 9 am. For transparency, I have invited all 28 members of the rules committee (2 members of each district) to attend the live broadcast. 

    The link to view the broadcast will be emailed to all delegates and alternates before convention day. You will need to enter the PIN code that was previously mailed to you to view the convention broadcast. 

    From 9 am-2 pm, delegates will be able to vote on the following:

    • Approval of the At-Large Delegates
    • National Committeeman
    • National Committeewoman

    Voting will close promptly at 2 pm and will not be extended. We will provide a customer service phone number and email for all questions and concerns. 

    Between 2-4 pm, my staff will audit the names of those who did not vote and contact alternates via text message, email, and phone to inform them that they have been elevated to delegate, in the order that was previously submitted to MRP by the District Chairs. 

    Alternates, please remain close to your phone throughout the day to answer any incoming calls, as you may receive crucial information about your elevation status during this time. These calls or texts may come from unfamiliar area codes. 

    Between 4-7 pm, voting will reopen, ONLY for the newly elevated alternates.

    Alternate voting will close promptly at 7 pm and will not be extended. When the results become available, they will be broadcast live on the MIGOP's social media platforms and will also be sent to all participants via email. 

    The MIGOP staff will host several zoom training webinars to educate delegates on how to utilize our virtual voting system leading up to the day of the convention. Please look for email updates from the "MIGOP Virtual State Convention" with those details. 


    June 13, 2020 at 9am
    Lansing, MI
    United States
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  • 2020 April State Convention Delegates - Kent County

    Listed below are the names of Kent County Precinct Delegates who have emailed their desire to attend the April 24 & 25 State Convention in Novi, MI. (Rescheduled to June 13, 2020).

    The following names were submitted prior to 7pm on Thursday, March 26 and will make up Kent County's delegation to the State Convention being held on June 13, 2020.

    Thank you for your continued understanding.

    Second Congressional District (34 Delegates/34 Alternates)


    1 Gary Carey
    2 Kevin Heine
    3 Jon Chulski
    4 Phil Smith
    5 Bernadette Smith
    6 Elaina Huizenga
    7 Paul Cordes
    8 Bill Witte
    9 Brian Patrick
    10 Rusty Richter
    11 Pamela Richter
    12 Brian Buck
    13 Bev VanderWood
    14 Dave Dishaw
    15 Tim Walenga
    16 Ryan Malinoski
    17 Jessica Ann Tyson
    18 Craig Tyson
    19 Joanne Voorhees
    20 Harold Voorhees
    21 Joyce Smith
    22 Shirley Ansara
    23 Anita Christopher
    24 Rob VerHeulen
    25 Norma VerHeulen
    26 Zachary Sikkema
    27 Levi Cipcic
    28 Lyle Vogler
    29 Dustin VanderZanden
    30 Carla Hendon
    31 Lee White
    32 Dan Burrill
    33 Leesa Burrill
    34 Denise Kolesar

    Third Congressional District (108 Delegates/108 Alternates)


    1 Cris Birdsong
    2 Luke Arends
    3 Joel Freeman
    4 Eileen McNeil
    5 RJ Regan
    6 Kelli Saunders
    7 Abigail Oliver
    8 Charlie Secchia
    9 Patricia Loftis
    10 Dan Hibma
    11 Charles Kitchel
    12 Sylvia Murphy
    13 Kathy Clark
    14 Gregg Stephenson
    15 Linda Stephenson
    16 Mike Farage
    17 Mark Gurley
    18 Jody Avery
    19 Michael Sullivan
    20 Cody Mott
    21 Meghan Koorndyk
    22 Dan Koorndyk
    23 Mary Koorndyk
    24 Keith Hinkle
    25 Pam Hooker
    26 Tom Hooker
    27 Gilbert Labay
    28 Gordon Labay
    29 Richard Keizer
    30 Alan Jazwiak
    31 Karen Machiorlatti-Waldron
    32 David Vandebunte
    33 Rich
    34 Rene
    35 Don Regan
    36 Craig Talsma
    37 Cherry Talsma
    38 Roger Braybrook
    39 Sue Braybrook
    40 Sam Moore
    41 Steve Kenyon
    42 Brenda Wodarski
    43 Judy Kelly
    44 Jake Davenport
    45 Tom Norton
    46 Jami Norton
    47 Chrissie MacGregor
    48 Lindsay Thiel
    49 Shana Shroll
    50 Erica Brethauer
    51 Kyle Brethauer
    52 Casey VanderWeide
    53 Samuel VanderWeide
    54 Nick Arends
    55 Ben Greene
    56 Emerson Silvernail
    57 Adam Erber
    58 Matt Crehan
    59 Liz Johnson
    60 Jimmie Johnson
    61 Donijo DeJonge
    62 Keith DeJonge
    63 Jeff Gooder
    64 Emily Brieve
    65 Mark Brieve
    66 Noah Jones
    67 Gavyn Webb
    68 Jennifer Hendricks
    69 Mike Hewitt
    70 Jan Weller
    71 Wayne  Weller
    72 Matt Kallman
    73 Jennifer Kallman
    74 Anna McCambridge
    75 Alexander Suli
    76 Josie Kornev
    77 Arthur Zima
    78 Edna Zima
    79 Audrey Best
    80 Mitch Arends
    81 Theresa Emshwiller
    82 Jeanine Herlacher
    83 Elyse Sholtis



    *Updated: 3/26/2020 at 7:00pm

  • published Find Your Polling Location in Get Involved 2020-02-27 13:09:06 -0500

  • published Lincoln Day Dinner in Upcoming Events 2020-02-05 14:25:23 -0500

    Lincoln Day Dinner

    Join us at the 2020 Kent GOP Lincoln Day Dinner!

    Reminder: Members of the Kent GOP Major Donor and Pachyderm Clubs receive TWO complimentary tickets to the Photo Reception and Dinner. Members of the 500 and Ford Clubs receive ONE complimentary ticket to dinner. Contact Luke at to reserve your spot.

    Interested in supporting the event with a sponsorship? CLICK HERE for full sponsorship details.

    Contact the Kent GOP at 616-459-0141 with any questions.

    October 14, 2020 at 6:30pm
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    187 Monroe Ave NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    United States
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  • wants to volunteer 2018-10-30 19:13:39 -0400

    GOTV Thursday 2018

    We are in a sprint to Election Day 2018 and we NEED YOUR HELP! Sign up for a shift to help us drop literature throughout Kent County in support of our Republican candidates!

    When you arrive we will have everything you need and if this is your first time, we will make sure to partner you with a seasoned campaigner.



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  • published Elected Officials - Kent County in Our Party 2020-03-19 21:36:52 -0400

  • commented on Contact Us 2018-01-15 21:58:32 -0500

    Contact Us

    Kent County Republican Party Gerald R. Ford Republican Headquarters

    In response to Federal and State recommendations regarding the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of our supporters and staff members, THE KENT GOP GERALD R. FORD REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTERS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 30.


    ATTENTION PRECINCT DELEGATES: The deadline to file your Affidavit with the County Clerk remains Tuesday, May 5 at 4pm. CLICK HERE for the form. NOTE: IT MUST BE NOTARIZED. For more information on Precinct Delegates, CLICK HERE.

    If you have any questions or need anything we ask that visit us at you still have any questions you may also call us at 616-459-0141. If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will contact you as soon as possible.

    For updates regarding COVID-19 in our community, we encourage you to visit the Kent County Health Department Facebook Page. They are doing a wonderful job updating the public on the situation.

    Thank you for your continued understanding.

    - Kent GOP



    725 Lake Michigan Drive NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Phone: 616-459-0141

    Fax: 616-459-0060


  • published Precinct Delegate in Get Involved 2016-03-22 08:15:24 -0400

    Precinct Delegate

    What is a Precinct Delegate?

    A precinct delegate is elected directly by the voters in each precinct and are elected to serve as a liaison between the Republican Party and voters in their neighborhood.  Precinct delegates also represent their neighborhood at various Republican meetings throughout their two-year term.  

    How to become a precinct delegate:

    A person wishing to become a Republican precinct delegate must be a registered voter in the precinct they are running. The candidate must fill out an Affidavit of Identity and turn it in with the Kent County Clerk’s Office before 4pm on Tuesday May 5, 2020. Affidavit’s can be found at the Clerk’s office, the Kent GOP Headquarters or by clicking the link below. These affidavits need to be notarized before being turned in. Notary publics can be found at any local clerk’s office, local banks, and the Kent GOP Headquarters. Once an affidavit is completed it needs to be turned in to the Kent County Clerks Office—NOT Township Offices. This will put you on the ballot for the August Primary in your precinct with your name appearing under the heading “Candidate for County Convention Delegate.” Only those voting in your precinct and voting on the Republican side of the ballot will be able to vote for you.  

    Roles/Responsibilities of a Precinct Delegate:

    The role of a precinct delegate is to be a liaison between their neighbors and the Republican Party and is responsible with helping turn out the Republican vote on Election Day. You will be asked to help register people to vote, distribute literature, identify Republican supporters and ensure they vote on Election Day. 

    You are also a delegate to the County Convention's called during your two year term. Depending on the cycle, this can be 3 or 4 conventions. Each convention has a different purpose which will be detailed when the convention is called. Conventions take place in Kent County in the evening and notices are sent to delegates detailing the time and location. These notices, or "Call to Convention", are sent out via first-class mail roughly 30 days prior to the convention.

    While every election and delegate differ, delegates should plan on attending conventions and spending roughly 2 hours a week helping Republican Candidates up and down the ballot. If everyone who files does this, we will WIN THE DAY!


    For answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, CLICK HERE.


    If you are interested in becoming a precinct delegate you can fill out the form on this page and someone from the Kent GOP will contact you or you can contact us at 616-459-0141.


    Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity 

    You can find a copy of the Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity HERE.

    NOTE: It must be NOTARIZED before being turned in with the County Clerk

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  • wants to volunteer 2015-06-19 14:15:07 -0400


    Election 2020 is right around the corner, and we are gearing up NOW to keep Kent County Red!

    We are recruiting and training volunteers on a daily basis, and we need energetic, passionate conservatives to join us.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization - from displaying yard signs and talking to voters to marching in parades and turning out the vote, it takes a team effort to be successful.  

    Fill out your contact information and a member of the Kent GOP will contact you shortly.

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  • signed up on Join Us 2016-01-27 15:30:29 -0500

    Join Us

    This election is too important to sit on the sidelines.  

    Are you willing to do what has to be done? Are you willing to help?

    If so, join the Kent GOP today!


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