Karen Sorenson - Petoskey
Karen Sorenson credits her grandfather for her environmentalist streak, her grandmother and her mother for her feminism, and sheer stubbornness for most of the rest of it. She first started having strong political feelings during the Iran-Contra hearings at the ripe old age of seven. She has yet to become more conservative with age. Karen graduated from Harbor Springs High School in 1997 and received her B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and Theatre from Adrian College in 2001; like most theatre majors, she has spent the years since toiling in the retail trenches. She is a founding member of North Star Performing Arts, runs a small poetry press from her apartment, and will someday be back in marathon shape if her shins will kindly cooperate.
Executive Board 2019-2020
( all officers are considered part of the Executive Board)
Carolyn Bourland - Petoskey
Carolyn Bourland has been a member of the Emmet County Democratic Party since 2000 upon moving to Petoskey and a member of the County Committee (formerly Executive Board) since 2004. She was active with the Macomb County Democratic Party while teaching in the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools for 31 years. Teaching high school journalism and reading, she was active in the Michigan Education Association and attended 19 NEA Conventions with her husband, Gordy, who was Chairperson of the ECDP from 2004-2018. Carolyn was elected as the 1st District Delegate to the Democratic National Convention and also to the Electorial College for Hillary Clinton in 2016. She is currently ECDP Membership Chair, Bylaws Committee Chair, Scholarship Committee Chair, Fishboil Co-chair and Thanksgiving Basket Donation Chair as well as organizer of the Petoskey 4th of July float committee. She enjoys organizing candidate fundraisers, meet & greets and the Emmet County Campaign Office.
Dixon Dudderar -
Dixon is a retired reporter and editor, having worked at newspapers in Indiana, Texas, Wisconsin and, for over 22 years, in Grand Rapids. He has a MA in Public & Environmental Policy from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!), which nurtures his interest in politics and environmental issues, and his desire to see qualified people of integrity elected to public office. Dixon, 68, and his wife, Julie, cherish time with their four daughters and four grandchildren, and are avid Great Lakes sailors. They live in Harbor Springs.
Frank Hawthorne - Petoskey
Frank is a “youngish” retired professional Librarian (Go Reference!) & met wife Dottie in library school at WMU in Kalamazoo. [He traces his passion for progressive issues to having grown-up during the era of Civil Rights and other “people power” movements.] Though native Michiganders, after 1981 they spent the next 34 years pursuing careers and raising a family (and being active in Democratic-Farmer-Labor politics) in Rochester, Minnesota. Following retirement, in 2015 they became full time residents of Emmet County, and were pleased to join local progressives serving MI’s Democrats. They are also active in their local church, and enjoy gardening and other outdoor activities.
Dottie Hawthorne - Petoskey
Dottie Hawthorne is a retired librarian from the Mayo Clinic Medical Library in Rochester MN. She practiced her library skills serving physicians, researchers, nurses and allied staff for thirty two years. Prior to that she was librarian of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. She has a BS in Medical Technology from Michigan State University, and a MS in Librarianship from Western Michigan University, where she met her husband, Frank. They were both born and raised in small towns of lower Michigan, and are happy retirees to Petoskey since April 2015. Dottie enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and gardening.