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Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Committee Wastes No Time

Mark Hutchins

The dust from the heavily embattled 2008 political season has barely settled but the Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Committee (Wayne 11th CDRC) charges on to appeal to the voters in the district.  Their goal is to deliver their message through grassroots efforts and modern technology.  “We can’t only rely on the big names in the party and those that have large financial resources for our support,” stated Carl Berry, Chairman of the Wayne 11th CDRC.  “We need to focus our efforts and message on the “average Joe” citizen.  Our message also needs to be very relevant to young adults.” 


The committee, under the leadership of Mr. Berry, plans community outreach efforts in the district through various channels such as online social networking (Facebook and Twitter); establishing a Wayne 11th CDRC website; recruiting, training and engaging precinct delegates; and hosting “awareness” mixers throughout the district that will inform the general public of the issues and mobilize their support.  “Republicans offer real change, from lowering taxes, to reforming government, to fostering more investment and jobs growth. That’s real change Michigan needs today,” Berry exclaimed.


One of the methods of raising adequate funds for their efforts as well as the chance to network with elected officials, community activists and precinct delegates is the Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Committee Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner.  It will be held at Laurel Manor, 39000 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI, on Thursday, April 30th.  


The evening’s featured speaker is Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser and the Keynote Speaker is Tim Skubick of Public Television’s Off the Record.  The doors open at 6:00 pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $50 per person, $90 per couple and a table of 10 is $450.  

Ron Weiser was brought up in St. Joseph, Michigan where his parents owned a clothing store. He moved to Ann Arbor in 1963 to attend the University of Michigan where he graduated in 1966 and went on to do post-graduate work in law and business.

Weiser started his first business, a lawn service, in 1967, when he was in the business graduate school. In 1968 he left school and with $300 of capital founded a real estate company, McKinley Associates. Over the years the company grew to employ more than 700 people with properties across the county. Weiser retired as the CEO and Chairman in 2001 to become the U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Since his return from the Foreign Service in 2005 he has been actively involved in political campaigns and non-profit work.

Tim Skubick is anchor and producer of the weekly public TV series "Off the Record".  He has anchored this weekly public TV series since 1972 and is the longest serving member of the state capitol press corps. “Off the Record” is seen on Michigan public television stations and has an audience of 100,000 viewers each week.

He also anchors the statewide investigative documentary series “Michigan At Risk,” as well as State of the State addresses and other Michigan election and political specials produced by WKAR-TV in East Lansing.  Skubick covers the state capitol for a variety of other media outlets including 66 radio stations through the Michigan Radio Network. He writes a weekly political column for 22 statewide newspapers and is in high demand on the public speaking circuit around the state.

Skubick, who holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Broadcast Journalism from Michigan State University, has done more political broadcasts than any other journalist, print or broadcast, in the state and has been covering Michigan government and politics since 1969.  He recently authored his first book, Off the Record, which was named a 2004 “Michigan Notable Book.” Mr. Skubick was recently installed into the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame.


The Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Committee covers the communities of Canton, Garden City, Livonia, Northville, Northville Township, Plymouth, Plymouth Township, Redford and Westland.  Their focus is primarily on the state and local election efforts.


Dinner and Program contacts:


Pattie Coughlin, (248) 474-3525,


Carl Berry, (734) 354-6075,, PO Box 700228, Plymouth, MI 48170

Speaker Contacts:


Ron Weiser, (517) 487-5413,

Tim Skubick, (517) 432-9527,

Media Contacts:

Mark Hutchins, (734) 502-2699,

Carl Berry, (734) 354-6075,

Mark Hutchins is an independent contributor to has no political party affiliations and does not endorse any political party.  This information is provided as a public service of

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