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A retired educator from Michigan, Robert Wesolowski spent nearly three decades teaching AP English in Livonia, Mich. “It was a good place to work and grow,” says Wesolowski, who earned a master’s and doctorate degree in English during his career.

In 1993, he retired from teaching high school and joined the faculty at Eastern Michigan University, where he taught in the English honors program for 10 years before retiring again.

Now a resident of The Villages—a retirement community near Ocala, Fla.—Wesolowski is still fighting for the future of education. Along with several likeminded retiree neighbors, Wesolowski created a weekly discussion group to explore national political issues. “We call ourselves the Dunkin’ Donuts Diabetic Democrats, or DDDD for short,” he says.

Wesolowski and a friend also created and registered a political action committee—which raised funds for Democratic politicians—and instituted an education scholarship that was sponsored by a local Democratic organization.

“We arranged dinner parties at local restaurants and golf outings at local golf clubs,” says Wesolowski. “It [was] a good way to bring in other Democrats for more support.”

To keep Democratic voters engaged and informed during the entire year, Wesolowski also distributes “The Village Independent Progressive PAC,” an e-newsletter that keeps more than 1,000 voters abreast of local and national political news.

“If we don’t get involved in politics,” says Wesolowski, “then the quality of public schools will suffer. We need to stay active and help ensure that politicians who care about education are elected.”

— Edward Graham

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May, 2013