• This year Michigan voters will elect a governor and we recommend re-electing Governor Gretchen Whitmer. In her four years as Michigan’s governor, Gov. Whitmer has repeatedly proven herself as a fierce advocate for people across the state.

    Despite continued efforts by the Republican-controlled legislature to derail her efforts, Gov. Whitmer has done her part to move the state forward, working with the GOP when it was possible and wielding her veto pen to stop bad bills when it was necessary.

    With Roe v. Wade overturned, Gov. Whitmer has taken swift, decisive action to prevent enforcement of the state’s pre-Roe abortion ban. She has fought for abortion access throughout her career and consistently opposed efforts to restrict reproductive freedom. Right now, she’s one of the only things standing in the way of efforts by Michigan Republicans to further attack access to reproductive health care.

    Under Gov. Whitmer’s leadership, the state has taken significant strides forward in public education. She took the lead on a historic budget that made the largest K-12 investment in state history, made the funding system more equal, and expanded multiple programs designed to support students and educators. She’s also worked to expand community college and job training programs to working folks across the state.

    Of course, with Republicans in control of the legislature, Gov. Whitmer’s ability to pass progressive legislation has been limited—but she’s made use of her executive powers to stop bad bills passed by the GOP. The bills Gov. Whitmer has stopped include multiple anti-voter laws, a DeVos-backed school voucher scheme, and a tax plan that would benefit the wealthy at the expense of working people.

    Whitmer’s running mate is Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II. Lt. Gov. Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan before moving on to a career as a software engineer at Microsoft. Before becoming lieutenant governor, Gilchrist was a community organizer and worked in local government. As Lt. Gov., he has spearheaded campaigns for criminal justice reform, access to community college and job training programs, and efforts to improve Michigan’s cities.

    The Whitmer Gilchrist ticket is endorsed by eight of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Clean Water Action, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    Gov. Whitmer’s opponent is Tudor Dixon, a Trump-endorsed, DeVos funded MAGA Republican who believes abortion should be banned with no exceptions for rape, incest, or health of the mother. She has participated in spreading election disinformation and attacked efforts to teach honest accounts of U.S. history in schools and make classrooms more inclusive for LGBTQ+ kids. Tudor is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan. Dixon’s running mate is former state representative Shane Hernandez, who was named the most conservative member of the House in 2017 by MIRS News Service.

    The Gov. Whitmer L.G. Gilchrist ticket is the progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://gretchenwhitmer.com/

    Gretchen Whitmer and Garlin Gilchrist II

    This year Michigan voters will elect a governor and we recommend re-electing Governor Gretchen Whitmer. In her four years as Michigan’s governor, Gov. Whitmer has repeatedly proven herself as a fierce advocate for people across the state.

    Gretchen Whitmer and Garlin Gilchrist II

    This year Michigan voters will elect a governor and we recommend re-electing Governor Gretchen Whitmer. In her four years as Michigan’s governor, Gov. Whitmer has repeatedly proven herself as a fierce advocate for people across the state.

  • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson knows how critical her office is to defending our democracy and ensuring voters can make their voices heard—she even wrote a book about it before she was elected.

    Now, she’s using her expertise to keep our elections secure, efficient, and accessible. Under her leadership, Michiganders turned out in record numbers in the 2020 election despite a pandemic and rampant disinformation, and audits and court cases have proven time and time again that this election was the most secure in our state’s history.

    Since then, Secretary Benson has worked to combat lies and conspiracy theories about Michigan’s election systems. Despite repeated attacks and threats from MAGA Republicans, she has refused to back down from the fight to preserve democracy in Michigan. She’s also pushed back against restrictive anti-voter laws and worked to ensure clerks have the resources they need to keep running efficient elections.

    She’s also reworked how the Secretary of State’s office handles common transactions like updating vehicle registration. By expanding online services and self-serve kiosks and updating systems and processes for making an appointment, she’s cut down on wait times and made running our errands more convenient than ever.

    Secretary Benson is endorsed by eight of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Clean Water Action, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    Secretary Benson’s opponent is Kristina Karamo, a Trump-endorsed, MAGA extremist and QAnon supporter who has repeatedly spread lies about Michigan elections, as well as dangerous antisemitic conspiracy theories and inflammatory rhetoric about the LGBTQ+ community. Karamo also opposes abortion and has said the practice of yoga, amongst other things, is satanic. Karamo is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is the progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://votebenson.com/

    Jocelyn Benson

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson knows how critical her office is to defending our democracy and ensuring voters can make their voices heard—she even wrote a book about it before she was elected.

    Jocelyn Benson

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson knows how critical her office is to defending our democracy and ensuring voters can make their voices heard—she even wrote a book about it before she was elected.

  • This year Michigan voters will elect an attorney general and we recommend re-electing Attorney General Dana Nessel.

    From the start, AG Nessel has been an advocate for the environment and public health. She’s successfully sued several of the big corporations responsible for polluting our water with toxic PFAS chemicals and ensured they’re held accountable for the messes they’ve made. She has gone toe-to-toe with fossil fuel giant Enbridge and fought to shut down the dangerous Line 5 oil pipeline to protect our Great Lakes.

    Her corporate accountability efforts go beyond polluters. In response to rampant wage theft, AG Nessel created a payroll fraud unit to ensure employees are not robbed of their paychecks. She’s also held big pharma companies accountable for their role in the opioid crisis.

    She’s also worked to prevent abuse and hold abusers accountable. From investigating sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts, to working proactively to prevent elder abuse, she’s been a consistent voice for our most vulnerable.

    When MAGA Republicans tried to intimidate voters and subvert the will of the people, AG Nessel took immediate action to combat disinformation and make sure these bad actors faced consequences for their actions.

    AG Nessel is endorsed by seven of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Clean Water Action, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    AG Nessel’s opponent Matthew DePerno is a Trump-endorsed MAGA extremist who worked to undermine the will of voters in the 2020 election and was fired from a law firm for a pattern of dishonesty and fraud. He wants to ban abortion in all cases, with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother and has suggested he would go even further, potentially banning contraception as well. DePerno is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Attorney General Dana Nessel is the progressive choice in this race.

    Learn More: https://www.dananessel.com/

    Dana Nessel

    This year Michigan voters will elect an attorney general and we recommend re-electing Attorney General Dana Nessel.

    Dana Nessel

    This year Michigan voters will elect an attorney general and we recommend re-electing Attorney General Dana Nessel.

  • Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court are up for grabs this year, and we recommend incumbent Justice Richard Bernstein and newcomer Kyra Harris Bolden.

    Richard Bernstein is the first blind justice to sit on the state’s highest court and has worked during his time on the court to protect Michiganders’ rights, including the right to vote on reproductive freedom and voting rights initiatives, and preserve the integrity of the judicial system.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, he sought to preserve emergency protections designed to keep communities safe. He also helped deliver a decision that made kids and educators safer by keeping guns out of Michigan classrooms.

    Justice Bernstein has ruled against shady interest groups in multiple cases, including a decision that upheld prevailing wage laws that ensure construction workers are paid fairly, a ruling that public money should not be funneled into private schools, and a decision to hold election saboteurs accountable.

    Kyra Harris Bolden would be the first Black woman to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court. Bolden is a passionate, experienced leader and legal professional who has worked throughout her career to promote justice and equality for all. She’s vowed to protect the rights of all Michiganders.

    In addition to her legal knowledge and expertise, Bolden brings years of experience serving in the state legislature, where she was an outspoken advocate for racial justice, criminal justice reform, and reproductive freedom.

    Current Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahara has a history of failing to stand up for LGBTQ rights and victims of abuse. He’s taken money from the DeVos family and sided with their efforts to give public taxpayer dollars to private schools. He also sided with an opinion that sought to keep voting rights and reproductive freedom initiatives off the November ballot, which would have silenced Michigan voters. When given the opportunity to vote to keep guns out of Michigan’s schools, Zahra failed to do so.

    Justice Bernstein and Bolden are endorsed by five of our partners including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    Justice Richard Bernstein and Kyra Harris Bolden are the progressive choices in this race.

    Learn more:
    https://theblindjustice.com/
    https://boldenforjustice.com/

    Kyra H. Bolden

    Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court are up for grabs this year, and we recommend incumbent Justice Richard Bernstein and newcomer Kyra Harris Bolden.

    Kyra H. Bolden

    Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court are up for grabs this year, and we recommend incumbent Justice Richard Bernstein and newcomer Kyra Harris Bolden.

  • Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court are up for grabs this year, and we recommend incumbent Justice Richard Bernstein and newcomer Kyra Harris Bolden.

    Richard Bernstein is the first blind justice to sit on the state’s highest court and has worked during his time on the court to protect Michiganders’ rights, including the right to vote on reproductive freedom and voting rights initiatives, and preserve the integrity of the judicial system.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, he sought to preserve emergency protections designed to keep communities safe. He also helped deliver a decision that made kids and educators safer by keeping guns out of Michigan classrooms.

    Justice Bernstein has ruled against shady interest groups in multiple cases, including a decision that upheld prevailing wage laws that ensure construction workers are paid fairly, a ruling that public money should not be funneled into private schools, and a decision to hold election saboteurs accountable.

    Kyra Harris Bolden would be the first Black woman to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court. Bolden is a passionate, experienced leader and legal professional who has worked throughout her career to promote justice and equality for all. She’s vowed to protect the rights of all Michiganders.

    In addition to her legal knowledge and expertise, Bolden brings years of experience serving in the state legislature, where she was an outspoken advocate for racial justice, criminal justice reform, and reproductive freedom.

    Current Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahara has a history of failing to stand up for LGBTQ rights and victims of abuse. He’s taken money from the DeVos family and sided with their efforts to give public taxpayer dollars to private schools. He also sided with an opinion that sought to keep voting rights and reproductive freedom initiatives off the November ballot, which would have silenced Michigan voters. When given the opportunity to vote to keep guns out of Michigan’s schools, Zahra failed to do so.

    Justice Bernstein and Bolden are endorsed by five of our partners including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    Justice Richard Bernstein and Kyra Harris Bolden are the progressive choices in this race.

    Learn more:
    https://theblindjustice.com/
    https://boldenforjustice.com/

    Richard Bernstein

    Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court are up for grabs this year, and we recommend incumbent Justice Richard Bernstein and newcomer Kyra Harris Bolden.

    Richard Bernstein

    Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court are up for grabs this year, and we recommend incumbent Justice Richard Bernstein and newcomer Kyra Harris Bolden.

  • Hillary Scholten is the Democratic candidate running for Congress in the new 3rd District. She served for four years in the Department of Justice under President Obama, where she worked to fix America’s broken immigration system. After President Trump took office, she continued her work to solve our immigration crisis by joining the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. She also began volunteering for the Times Up Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal services to women who face workplace sexual harassment.

    In addition to immigration and civil rights, she is focused on strengthening education, expanding access to healthcare, protecting our environment, advocating for clean water, and updating our infrastructure. She will work to bring down the cost of healthcare and lower the cost of prescription drugs, fight to protect reproductive rights, and work to expand skilled trade education programs and affordable college options.

    Scholten is endorsed by six of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Clean Water Action, and Michigan Education Association.

    Scholten’s opponent is Joe Gibbs, a MAGA Republican who believes in election conspiracies and supports the Trump agenda. He holds views on education rooted in right-wing disinformation, is anti-reproductive rights, and holds irresponsible right-wing views on guns. Gibbs is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Scholten is the progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://hillaryscholten.com/

    Hillary Scholten

    Hillary Scholten is the Democratic candidate running for Congress in the new 3rd District. She served for four years in the Department of Justice under President Obama, where she worked to fix America’s broken immigration system.

    Hillary Scholten

    Hillary Scholten is the Democratic candidate running for Congress in the new 3rd District. She served for four years in the Department of Justice under President Obama, where she worked to fix America’s broken immigration system.

State Senate

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.

  • Kai Degraaf is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 18th District. He was born in Grand Rapids and worked as an immigration attorney in New York and Michigan. 

    Degraaf’s priorities, if elected, will be fighting for clean, safe water for all Michiganders, working towards sustainable agricultural practices, supporting Michigan’s farmers, and expanding green jobs. He will also stand with Michigan’s indigenous peoples, support criminal justice reform, fight to protect reproductive rights, and work to lower health care costs. 

    Degraaf is endorsed by two of our partner organizations: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the American Federation of Teachers Michigan.

    Kai Degraaf is running against Republican Thomas Albert. Albert supports restricting voting rights, is anti-reproductive rights, and is supported by the National Rifle Association. Albert is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    While we have concerns about Degraaf’s statements on LGBTQ issues in schools and do not have a lot of information on Kai Degraaf, his opponents’ opposition to abortion rights and right-wing endorsements are enough for us to call Degraaf the best choice in this race.

    Learn more: http://kaiforsenate.com/
     

    Kai Degraaf

    Kai Degraaf is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 18th District. He was born in Grand Rapids and worked as an immigration attorney in New York and Michigan. 

    Kai Degraaf

    Kai Degraaf is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 18th District. He was born in Grand Rapids and worked as an immigration attorney in New York and Michigan. 

  • David LaGrand is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 30th District. LaGrand currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 75th District. Before LaGrand was a representative, he served as an assistant Kent County prosecutor, city commissioner, and on the Grand Rapids Public School Board.

    LaGrand’s priorities include protecting and improving public education, campaign finance and government transparency reform, promoting pay equity and paid sick leave, and protecting the environment and the Great Lakes. He will work to strengthen public safety, and bond and criminal justice reform. LaGrand will also fight for civil and reproductive rights.

    LaGrand is endorsed by eight of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Clean Water Action, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    LaGrand is running against Republican Mark Huizenga. Huizenga is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    David LaGrand is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: http://www.davidlagrand.com/

    David LaGrand

    David LaGrand is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 30th District. LaGrand currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 75th District.

    David LaGrand

    David LaGrand is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 30th District. LaGrand currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 75th District.

State House

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State House races on your ballot.

  • Leah Groves is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 78th District. We were unable to find information on Groves.

    Groves is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers Michigan.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Groves due to a lack of publicly available information. However, Groves is running against republican Gina Johnsen. Johnsen is a pro-Trump, right-wing extremist who holds views on education rooted in anti-LGBTQ propaganda and right-wing misinformation and conspiracy theories. She believes in restricting voting rights and is anti-reproductive freedom and opposes “gun free” zones. She is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Because her opponent is so extreme, we recommend voting for Groves.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/Grovesfor78th/

    Leah M. Groves

    Leah Groves is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 78th District. We were unable to find information on Groves.

    Groves is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers Michigan.

    Leah M. Groves

    Leah Groves is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 78th District. We were unable to find information on Groves.

    Groves is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers Michigan.

  • Kimberly Kennedy-Barrington is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 79th District. Kennedy-Barrington is a Navy Veteran, a cancer survivor, diversely-abled, and an advocate who worked to dismantle ableism legislatively and economically.

    Kennedy-Barringon’s priorities include safeguarding our right to vote, empowering small businesses, streamlining and expanding access to resources and benefits for veterans, and creating more fair housing.

    Kennedy Barrington is endorsed by three of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association.

    Kennedy-Barrington is running against Angela Rigas. Rigas is a Trump Republican and right-wing extremist with far-right views rooted in conspiracy theories who attended the rally that led to the January 6 insurrection and is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Kimberly Y. Kennedy-Barrington is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.drkim4statehouse.com

    Kimberly Y. Kennedy-Barrington

    Kimberly Kennedy-Barrington is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 79th District. Kennedy-Barrington is a Navy Veteran, a cancer survivor, diversely-abled, and an advocate who worked to dismantle ableism legislatively and economically.

    Kimberly Y. Kennedy-Barrington

    Kimberly Kennedy-Barrington is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 79th District. Kennedy-Barrington is a Navy Veteran, a cancer survivor, diversely-abled, and an advocate who worked to dismantle ableism legislatively and economically.

  • Philip Skaggs is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 80th District. Skaggs is a former history professor at Aquinas College and has also worked for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. He previously served as city commissioner for East Grand Rapids and is now a Kent County commissioner, where he has served for six years.

    Skaggs’ priorities include supporting families, accelerating Michigan’s economy, investing in students, protecting the environment, and defending reproductive and civil rights. He will fight to protect abortion access, pass legislation making it clear it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and pass common sense gun violence prevention measures. Skaggs will work to ensure Michigan is prepared for climate change and supports renewable energy, push to fully fund public schools—including universal PreK—and support teachers, and work so all Michiganders have jobs with livable wages and good benefits.

    Skaggs is endorsed by five of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    Skaggs is running against Republican Jeffrey Johnson. Johnson supports conservative policy positions, including school voucher programs, which send public tax dollars to private schools. He is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Phil Skaggs is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.philskaggs.com

    Philip Skaggs

    Philip Skaggs is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 80th District. Skaggs is a former history professor at Aquinas College and has also worked for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

    Philip Skaggs

    Philip Skaggs is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 80th District. Skaggs is a former history professor at Aquinas College and has also worked for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

  • Two seats on the Michigan Board of Education are up for election this year. We recommend Democratic candidates Dr. Pamela Pugh and Mitchell Robinson as the progressive choices in this race.

    Dr. Pamela Pugh is an experienced leader who has proven herself willing to show up for Michigan students and educators. Dr. Pugh has dedicated her career to promoting public health and ensuring kids across the state grow up in safe communities where they can thrive. As a member of the school board, she’s continued to pursue those goals, being a consistent voice for safe and honest education for all.

    Over the past eight years, Dr. Pugh has worked to address systemic inequities that affect BIPOC children and other marginalized people in the public school system. Despite relentless attacks from MAGA extremists who want to stifle honest education, Dr. Pugh has consistently advocated for safe, inclusive classrooms where students can learn an accurate account of American history and current events.

    Mitchell Robinson says he’s running for the Board of Education this year because he feels a need to push back against misinformation and right-wing attacks on honesty in education. He has been an educator for more than 40 years, teaching students from kindergarten to doctoral programs.

    Robinson’s policy platform is focused on providing all kids with an honest, well-rounded education that will set them up for success. He also believes we must do more to support educators and improve retention, and address issues like child poverty that hold students back in the classroom.

    Both Dr. Pugh and Robinson are endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association.

    The two Republican candidates in this race are Tami Carlone and Linda Lee Tarver, both of whom have built their platforms on attacking honest education about history and making classrooms less safe and inclusive for LGBTQ+ students and educators.

    Dr. Pamela Pugh and Mitchell Robinson are the progressive choices in this race.

    Learn more:
    https://www.mitchellrobinsonforstateschoolboard.org/
    https://pamelalpugh.com/

    Mitchell Robinson

    Two seats on the Michigan Board of Education are up for election this year. We recommend Democratic candidates Dr. Pamela Pugh and Mitchell Robinson as the progressive choices in this race.

    Mitchell Robinson

    Two seats on the Michigan Board of Education are up for election this year. We recommend Democratic candidates Dr. Pamela Pugh and Mitchell Robinson as the progressive choices in this race.

  • Two seats on the Michigan Board of Education are up for election this year. We recommend Democratic candidates Dr. Pamela Pugh and Mitchell Robinson as the progressive choices in this race.

    Dr. Pamela Pugh is an experienced leader who has proven herself willing to show up for Michigan students and educators. Dr. Pugh has dedicated her career to promoting public health and ensuring kids across the state grow up in safe communities where they can thrive. As a member of the school board, she’s continued to pursue those goals, being a consistent voice for safe and honest education for all.

    Over the past eight years, Dr. Pugh has worked to address systemic inequities that affect BIPOC children and other marginalized people in the public school system. Despite relentless attacks from MAGA extremists who want to stifle honest education, Dr. Pugh has consistently advocated for safe, inclusive classrooms where students can learn an accurate account of American history and current events.

    Mitchell Robinson says he’s running for the Board of Education this year because he feels a need to push back against misinformation and right-wing attacks on honesty in education. He has been an educator for more than 40 years, teaching students from kindergarten to doctoral programs.

    Robinson’s policy platform is focused on providing all kids with an honest, well-rounded education that will set them up for success. He also believes we must do more to support educators and improve retention, and address issues like child poverty that hold students back in the classroom.

    Both Dr. Pugh and Robinson are endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association.

    The two Republican candidates in this race are Tami Carlone and Linda Lee Tarver, both of whom have built their platforms on attacking honest education about history and making classrooms less safe and inclusive for LGBTQ+ students and educators.

    Dr. Pamela Pugh and Mitchell Robinson are the progressive choices in this race.

    Learn more:
    https://www.mitchellrobinsonforstateschoolboard.org/
    https://pamelalpugh.com/

    Pamela Pugh

    Two seats on the Michigan Board of Education are up for election this year. We recommend Democratic candidates Dr. Pamela Pugh and Mitchell Robinson as the progressive choices in this race.

    Pamela Pugh

    Two seats on the Michigan Board of Education are up for election this year. We recommend Democratic candidates Dr. Pamela Pugh and Mitchell Robinson as the progressive choices in this race.

  • Two seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents are up for grabs in this election, and we recommend Democratic candidates Michael Behm and Katherine White.

    Regent Michael Behm is a personal injury lawyer who has served on the board since 2014. His priorities for U of M include affordability, accountability, accessibility, and climate action. During his time on the board, he has been a vocal supporter of increasing the minimum wage for U of M employees to $15 and has consistently advocated for pro-climate changes on campus.

    Regent Katherine White is an experienced lawyer and law professor at U of M and was elected to the board in 1998, then re-elected in 2006 and 2014. One of her main priorities as regent is to build more relationships between the university and the broader community, a goal she has pursued for more than 20 years. She is also concerned about ensuring U of M provides a quality education while remaining affordable and accessible.

    The Republican candidates in this race are Lena Epstein and Sevag Vartanian. Epstein and Vartanian’s views on teaching accurate history and Epstein’s views on coronavirus are rooted in right-wing disinformation and conspiracy theories.

    Behm and White are endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association and are the progressive choices in this race.

    Katherine White

    Two seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents are up for grabs in this election, and we recommend Democratic candidates Michael Behm and Katherine White.

    Katherine White

    Two seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents are up for grabs in this election, and we recommend Democratic candidates Michael Behm and Katherine White.

  • Two seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents are up for grabs in this election, and we recommend Democratic candidates Michael Behm and Katherine White.

    Regent Michael Behm is a personal injury lawyer who has served on the board since 2014. His priorities for U of M include affordability, accountability, accessibility, and climate action. During his time on the board, he has been a vocal supporter of increasing the minimum wage for U of M employees to $15 and has consistently advocated for pro-climate changes on campus.

    Regent Katherine White is an experienced lawyer and law professor at U of M and was elected to the board in 1998, then re-elected in 2006 and 2014. One of her main priorities as regent is to build more relationships between the university and the broader community, a goal she has pursued for more than 20 years. She is also concerned about ensuring U of M provides a quality education while remaining affordable and accessible.

    The Republican candidates in this race are Lena Epstein and Sevag Vartanian. Epstein and Vartanian’s views on teaching accurate history and Epstein’s views on coronavirus are rooted in right-wing disinformation and conspiracy theories.

    Behm and White are endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association and are the progressive choices in this race.

    Michael Behm

    Two seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents are up for grabs in this election, and we recommend Democratic candidates Michael Behm and Katherine White.

    Michael Behm

    Two seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents are up for grabs in this election, and we recommend Democratic candidates Michael Behm and Katherine White.

  • Voters will elect two candidates to the MSU Board of Trustees this year, and we recommend Democratic candidates Renee Knake Jefferson and Dennis Denno.

    Renee Knake Jefferson is currently serving on the Board of Trustees after being appointed for a partial term in 2019. Her main priority on the board is transparency and she believes honesty and accountability are the best way for MSU to continue to move forward. Jefferson also wants to ensure tuition is affordable and work to develop stronger partnerships between the university and community stakeholders.

    Dennis Denno says he is running because he views the Board of Trustees as a necessary check on the university president. After the impact past scandals have had on the MSU community, he plans to prioritize transparency and accountability. Denno also plans to increase the minimum wage for MSU employees.

    Knake Jefferson and Denno are endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association.

    The two Republican candidates in this race are Mike Balow and Dr. Travis Menge.
    Denno and Jefferson are the progressive choices in this race.

    Learn more:
    https://reneeknake.com/
    https://dennisdenno.com/

    Dennis Denno

    Voters will elect two candidates to the MSU Board of Trustees this year, and we recommend Democratic candidates Renee Knake Jefferson and Dennis Denno.

    Dennis Denno

    Voters will elect two candidates to the MSU Board of Trustees this year, and we recommend Democratic candidates Renee Knake Jefferson and Dennis Denno.

  • Voters will elect two candidates to the MSU Board of Trustees this year, and we recommend Democratic candidates Renee Knake Jefferson and Dennis Denno.

    Renee Knake Jefferson is currently serving on the Board of Trustees after being appointed for a partial term in 2019. Her main priority on the board is transparency and she believes honesty and accountability are the best way for MSU to continue to move forward. Jefferson also wants to ensure tuition is affordable and work to develop stronger partnerships between the university and community stakeholders.

    Dennis Denno says he is running because he views the Board of Trustees as a necessary check on the university president. After the impact past scandals have had on the MSU community, he plans to prioritize transparency and accountability. Denno also plans to increase the minimum wage for MSU employees.

    Knake Jefferson and Denno are endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association.

    The two Republican candidates in this race are Mike Balow and Dr. Travis Menge.
    Denno and Jefferson are the progressive choices in this race.

    Learn more:
    https://reneeknake.com/
    https://dennisdenno.com/

    Renee Knake Jefferson

    Voters will elect two candidates to the MSU Board of Trustees this year, and we recommend Democratic candidates Renee Knake Jefferson and Dennis Denno.

    Renee Knake Jefferson

    Voters will elect two candidates to the MSU Board of Trustees this year, and we recommend Democratic candidates Renee Knake Jefferson and Dennis Denno.

  • Voters will elect two members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors this November, and we recommend Democratic candidates Marilyn Kelly and Danielle Atkinson.

    Current board member Marilyn Kelly is a native Detroiter and Wayne State University alum and professor who has extensive experience in public service. A former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Kelly has also served on the Court of Appeals and was president of the Michigan Board of Education. Throughout her career, she has worked to promote justice and equality for all.

    Danielle Atkinson is a lifelong advocate for working families and the founder of Mothering Justice, an organization dedicated to ensuring mothers of color are represented in the political process and their concerns are part of policy decisions. Atkinson plans to continue her work to create stronger, more equitable communities as part of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.

    Kelly and Atkinson are endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association.

    Craig Wilsher and Christa Murphy are the Republican candidates in this race.
    Marilyn Kelly and Danielle Atkinson are the progressive choices in this race.

    Learn more:
    https://www.votemarilynkelly.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/AtkinsonforWayneState

    Danielle Atkinson

    Voters will elect two members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors this November, and we recommend Democratic candidates Marilyn Kelly and Danielle Atkinson.

    Danielle Atkinson

    Voters will elect two members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors this November, and we recommend Democratic candidates Marilyn Kelly and Danielle Atkinson.

  • Voters will elect two members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors this November, and we recommend Democratic candidates Marilyn Kelly and Danielle Atkinson.

    Current board member Marilyn Kelly is a native Detroiter and Wayne State University alum and professor who has extensive experience in public service. A former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Kelly has also served on the Court of Appeals and was president of the Michigan Board of Education. Throughout her career, she has worked to promote justice and equality for all.

    Danielle Atkinson is a lifelong advocate for working families and the founder of Mothering Justice, an organization dedicated to ensuring mothers of color are represented in the political process and their concerns are part of policy decisions. Atkinson plans to continue her work to create stronger, more equitable communities as part of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.

    Kelly and Atkinson are endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association.

    Craig Wilsher and Christa Murphy are the Republican candidates in this race.
    Marilyn Kelly and Danielle Atkinson are the progressive choices in this race.

    Learn more:
    https://www.votemarilynkelly.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/AtkinsonforWayneState

    Marilyn Kelly

    Voters will elect two members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors this November, and we recommend Democratic candidates Marilyn Kelly and Danielle Atkinson.

    Marilyn Kelly

    Voters will elect two members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors this November, and we recommend Democratic candidates Marilyn Kelly and Danielle Atkinson.

County Commission

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below county district races on your ballot.

  • Democrat

    Jerry Berta

  • Jerry Berta is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. He is an artist and teacher. He and his wife used to own Rosie’s Diner in downtown Rockford. We could find little information about the candidate’s platform.

    While we cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Berta due to a lack of publicly available information, Berta is running against Republican incumbent Ben Greene, who is decisively anti-progressive. Greene advocated against COVID-19 safety precautions and is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Because of this information, we recommend voting for Berta.

    Jerry Berta

    Jerry Berta is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. He is an artist and teacher. He and his wife used to own Rosie’s Diner in downtown Rockford. We could find little information about the candidate’s platform.

    Jerry Berta

    Jerry Berta is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. He is an artist and teacher. He and his wife used to own Rosie’s Diner in downtown Rockford. We could find little information about the candidate’s platform.

  • Rebecca Diffin is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. She is the director of housing at the West Central Michigan YWCA.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Diffin due to a lack of publicly available information. However, Diffin is running against Republican incumbent Tom Antor, who is running for his 8th term on the Kent County Commission, having first been elected in 2008. Antor has a conservative platform and is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Because of the information we have on her opponent, we recommend voting for Diffin.

    Rebecca Diffin

    Rebecca Diffin is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. She is the director of housing at the West Central Michigan YWCA.

    Rebecca Diffin

    Rebecca Diffin is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. She is the director of housing at the West Central Michigan YWCA.

  • Janalee Keegstra is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about Keegstra’s platform.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Keegstra due to a lack of publicly available information. However, Keegstra is running against Jennifer Merchant, a staffer with the Michigan House Republicans who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Because of the anti-progressive stances of her opponent, we recommend voting for Keegstra.

    Janalee Keegstra

    Janalee Keegstra is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about Keegstra’s platform.

    Janalee Keegstra

    Janalee Keegstra is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about Keegstra’s platform.

  • Democrat

    Judy Wood

  • Judy Wood is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about Wood’s platform.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Wood due to a lack of publicly available information. However, Wood is running against Republican Katie DeBoer, who has a right-wing platform.

    Based on the information we were able to find, we recommend voting for Wood.

    Judy Wood

    Judy Wood is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about Wood’s platform.

    Judy Wood

    Judy Wood is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about Wood’s platform.

  • Vanessa Lee is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She works for the Kent County Democratic Party. We couldn’t find much information about Lee’s platform, but she is a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ equality.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Lee due to a lack of publicly available information. However, Lee is running against Republican Dave Hildenbrand, who has a conservative platform and endorsement from anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Based on this information, we recommend voting for Lee.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/people/Vanessa-Lee-for-Kent-County-Commission/100081287842780/

    Vanessa Lee

    Vanessa Lee is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She works for the Kent County Democratic Party. We couldn’t find much information about Lee’s platform, but she is a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ equality.

    Vanessa Lee

    Vanessa Lee is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She works for the Kent County Democratic Party. We couldn’t find much information about Lee’s platform, but she is a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ equality.

  • Nicholas H. Vander Veen is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. He is an attorney and partner at Brower Vander Veen law firm specializing in business and real estate law. Vander Veen has also represented medical professionals, specializing in dentists going through practice transitions. We couldn’t find much information about Vander Veen’s platform.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Vander Veen due to a lack of publicly available information. However, Vander Veen is running against Republican incumbent Stan Stek, who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Based on this information, we recommend voting for Vander Veen.

    Nicholas H. Vander Veen

    Nicholas H. Vander Veen is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. He is an attorney and partner at Brower Vander Veen law firm specializing in business and real estate law.

    Nicholas H. Vander Veen

    Nicholas H. Vander Veen is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. He is an attorney and partner at Brower Vander Veen law firm specializing in business and real estate law.

  • Sue Merrell is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. She spent two decades working at the Grand Rapids Press and her priorities include creating equitable solutions to addressing climate change, protecting the Great Lakes, and preventing gun violence.

    Merrell is running against Republican incumbent Stan Ponstein, who we do not recommend due to his endorsement from the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Sue Merrell is the most progressive candidate in this race.

    Learn more: https://electsuemerrell.blogspot.com/

    Sue Merrell

    Sue Merrell is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. She spent two decades working at the Grand Rapids Press and her priorities include creating equitable solutions to addressing climate change, protecting the Great Lakes, and preventing gun violence.

    Sue Merrell

    Sue Merrell is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kent County Commission. She spent two decades working at the Grand Rapids Press and her priorities include creating equitable solutions to addressing climate change, protecting the Great Lakes, and preventing gun violence.

  • Jennie Chatman is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. Chatman serves as Chair of the Michigan State Union Label & Service Trades Council. We couldn’t find much information about Chatman’s platform.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Chatman due to a lack of publicly available information. However, Chatman is running against Republican incumbent Dan Burrill, who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Based on this information, we recommend voting for Chatman.

    Jennie Chatman

    Jennie Chatman is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. Chatman serves as Chair of the Michigan State Union Label & Service Trades Council. We couldn’t find much information about Chatman’s platform.

    Jennie Chatman

    Jennie Chatman is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. Chatman serves as Chair of the Michigan State Union Label & Service Trades Council. We couldn’t find much information about Chatman’s platform.

  • Chip LaFleur is running for Kent County Commission for the first time. LaFleur works as a marketing professional. We couldn’t find much information about LaFleur’s platform.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of LaFleur due to a lack of publicly available information. However, LaFleur is running against Republican incumbent Matt Kallman, who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Based on this information, we recommend voting for LaFleur.

    Chip LaFleur

    Chip LaFleur is running for Kent County Commission for the first time. LaFleur works as a marketing professional. We couldn’t find much information about LaFleur’s platform.

    Chip LaFleur

    Chip LaFleur is running for Kent County Commission for the first time. LaFleur works as a marketing professional. We couldn’t find much information about LaFleur’s platform.

  • Julie Humpheys is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. Based on her campaign social media, Humphreys’ platform includes investing in infrastructure, including mass transit, and supporting a living wage.

    Humphreys is running against Republican incumbent Emily Post Brieve, who we cannot recommend due to her endorsement from the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Julie Humphreys is the best choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/kentcommissiondistrict10

    Julie Humphreys

    Julie Humpheys is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. Based on her campaign social media, Humphreys’ platform includes investing in infrastructure, including mass transit, and supporting a living wage.

    Julie Humphreys

    Julie Humpheys is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. Based on her campaign social media, Humphreys’ platform includes investing in infrastructure, including mass transit, and supporting a living wage.

  • John Considine is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. We couldn’t find much information about this candidate’s platform.

    Considine is running against Republican incumbent Lindsey Thiel. Thiel’s appointment was controversial. Republican commissioners voted to appoint Thiel—the daughter of their former colleague, Dan Koorndyk—but all eight Democratic commissioners voted to oppose Thiel’s appointment. Thiel worked as a corporate lobbyist and as a staff member for three conservative lawmakers in Lansing. Information about her platform is difficult to track down, but based on her track record and her endorsement from the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan, we do not recommend voting for Thiel.

    While we cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Considine due to a lack of publicly available information, but based on his extreme opponent, we recommend voting for Considine.

    John Considine

    John Considine is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. We couldn’t find much information about this candidate’s platform.

    John Considine

    John Considine is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. We couldn’t find much information about this candidate’s platform.

No Good Choices

Monica Sparks is a Democrat running for her third term on the Kent County Commission, she was first elected in 2018. She is a real estate agent and host of Radio for Divas.

Sparks is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Dems for Life, so we cannot recommend her.

Sparks is running against Republican Lee White, who we cannot recommend based on his conservative platform.

There is no progressive choice in this race.

Monica Sparks - County Commission - No Good Choices

Monica Sparks is a Democrat running for her third term on the Kent County Commission, she was first elected in 2018. She is a real estate agent and host of Radio for Divas.

Sparks is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Dems for Life, so we cannot recommend her.

  • Michelle McCloud is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for a second term. She is an assistant dean at Grand Valley State University. She has served on the city of Kentwood Zoning Board of Appeals and the Kent County Officers’ Compensation Commission. Her priorities include addressing mental health, expanding broadband access, and preventing gun violence.

    McCloud is endorsed by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

    McCloud is running against Republican Tom McKelvey, who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Michelle McCloud is the best choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.michellemccloud.com/

    Michelle McCloud

    Michelle McCloud is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for a second term. She is an assistant dean at Grand Valley State University. She has served on the city of Kentwood Zoning Board of Appeals and the Kent County Officers’ Compensation Commission.

    Michelle McCloud

    Michelle McCloud is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for a second term. She is an assistant dean at Grand Valley State University. She has served on the city of Kentwood Zoning Board of Appeals and the Kent County Officers’ Compensation Commission.

  • Carol Hennessy is a Democrat running for her 8th term on the Kent County Commission, she was first elected in 2006. She has served as minority vice chair of the Commission, making her the highest-ranking Democratic commissioner.

    Hennessy’s priorities include health care, senior services, and COVID-19 relief. She is endorsed by the UAW and the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

    Hennessy is running against Republican Jerri Schmidt. She formerly worked in the financial sector and now works as a consultant. We do not recommend voting for Schmidt.
    Carol Hennessy is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/CommissionerCarolHennessy/

    Carol Hennessy

    Carol Hennessy is a Democrat running for her 8th term on the Kent County Commission, she was first elected in 2006. She has served as minority vice chair of the Commission, making her the highest-ranking Democratic commissioner.

    Carol Hennessy

    Carol Hennessy is a Democrat running for her 8th term on the Kent County Commission, she was first elected in 2006. She has served as minority vice chair of the Commission, making her the highest-ranking Democratic commissioner.

  • Lisa S. Oliver-King is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She is a lifelong advocate for public health and human rights and seeks to champion at-risk, disadvantaged and marginalized community residents and give them a voice. Oliver-King is the founder and executive of Our Kitchen Table, an organization that addresses food injustice. Her career as a public health professional included stints at the Kent County Health Department, the Michigan Public Health Institute and Hospice of Michigan.
    Oliver-King is running against Republican Brian Boersema.
    Lisa Oliver-King is the best choice in this race.
    Learn more: https://www.lisao-k.com/

    Lisa S. Oliver-King

    Lisa S. Oliver-King is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She is a lifelong advocate for public health and human rights and seeks to champion at-risk, disadvantaged and marginalized community residents and give them a voice.

    Lisa S. Oliver-King

    Lisa S. Oliver-King is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She is a lifelong advocate for public health and human rights and seeks to champion at-risk, disadvantaged and marginalized community residents and give them a voice.

  • Melissa LaGrand is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She is a bakery owner and accessibility advocate. Justice, community health, and housing are important priorities for her.

    LaGrand is endorsed by two of our partner organizations: the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

    LaGrand is running against Republican John Brooks Twist.

    Melissa LaGrand is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.melissalagrand.com/

    Melissa LaGrand

    Melissa LaGrand is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She is a bakery owner and accessibility advocate. Justice, community health, and housing are important priorities for her.

    Melissa LaGrand

    Melissa LaGrand is a Democrat running for Kent County Commission for the first time. She is a bakery owner and accessibility advocate. Justice, community health, and housing are important priorities for her.

  • Tony Baker is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. He previously served on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board for 14 years. While we could find little information about his platform, Baker is supportive of the Michigan Reproductive Freedom for All ballot initiative.

    Baker is running against Republican Jason Gillikin. Gillikin is anti-reproductive rights.

    Tony Baker is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/CTETonyBaker/

    Tony Baker

    Tony Baker is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. He previously served on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board for 14 years.

    Tony Baker

    Tony Baker is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. He previously served on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board for 14 years.

  • Stephen Wooden is a Democrat running for his third term on the Kent County Commission, having first been elected in 2018. Wooden works at a local housing nonprofit. He also worked as a staff member in the Michigan House of Representatives and on a number of campaigns.

    The environment, higher wages, cost of living, and public health are Wooden’s major priorities. Wooden is endorsed by two of our partner organizations: the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

    Wooden is running against Republican Tim Allen. We cannot recommend Allen due to his endorsement from anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Stephen Wooden is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.stephenwooden.com/

    Stephen Wooden

    Stephen Wooden is a Democrat running for his third term on the Kent County Commission, having first been elected in 2018. Wooden works at a local housing nonprofit. He also worked as a staff member in the Michigan House of Representatives and on a number of campaigns.

    Stephen Wooden

    Stephen Wooden is a Democrat running for his third term on the Kent County Commission, having first been elected in 2018. Wooden works at a local housing nonprofit. He also worked as a staff member in the Michigan House of Representatives and on a number of campaigns.

  • Kris Pachla is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. Pachla is endorsed by our partner organization Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. Among his priorities are early childhood education, reproductive rights, and sustainability.

    Pachla is running against Republican Samuel R. Carstens, who we cannot recommend due to his conservative platform and anti-choice stance.

    Kris Pachla is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.krispachla.com/

    Kris Pachla

    Kris Pachla is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. Pachla is endorsed by our partner organization Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. Among his priorities are early childhood education, reproductive rights, and sustainability.

    Kris Pachla

    Kris Pachla is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kent County Commission. Pachla is endorsed by our partner organization Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. Among his priorities are early childhood education, reproductive rights, and sustainability.

  • Ivan Diaz is a Democrat running for his first term for Kent County Commission. He is an outspoken advocate for unions, fair wages, and universal health care. Diaz is currently a student at Grand Valley State University studying political science. He is supported by local labor organizations.

    Diaz is running against Republican Elisa Rodriguez.

    Ivan Diaz is the best choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-Diaz-for-Kent-County-Commissioner/100078727971393/?ref=py_c

    Ivan Diaz

    Ivan Diaz is a Democrat running for his first term for Kent County Commission. He is an outspoken advocate for unions, fair wages, and universal health care. Diaz is currently a student at Grand Valley State University studying political science. He is supported by local labor organizations.

    Ivan Diaz

    Ivan Diaz is a Democrat running for his first term for Kent County Commission. He is an outspoken advocate for unions, fair wages, and universal health care. Diaz is currently a student at Grand Valley State University studying political science. He is supported by local labor organizations.

  • Charles Howe is a Democrat running for his first term for Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about his platform.

    Howe is running against Republican Walter Bujak, who we do not recommend based on his right-wing platform.

    While we cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Howe due to a lack of publicly available information, based on the information we were able to find on Bujak, we recommend voting for Howe.

    Charles Howe

    Charles Howe is a Democrat running for his first term for Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about his platform.

    Howe is running against Republican Walter Bujak, who we do not recommend based on his right-wing platform.

    Charles Howe

    Charles Howe is a Democrat running for his first term for Kent County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about his platform.

    Howe is running against Republican Walter Bujak, who we do not recommend based on his right-wing platform.

  • VOTE YES

    Vote YES for Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure

  • Proposal 1 will change term limits for state legislators from three 2-year terms (6 years total) in the state House and two 4-year terms (8 years total) in the state Senate, to 12 combined years in the state Legislature. It will also require elected state legislative and state executive officials to file annual financial disclosure reports on their income, assets, liabilities, gifts from lobbyists, positions held in certain organizations, and agreements on future employment.

    Vote YES on Proposal 1.

    Proposal 1 will change term limits for state legislators from three 2-year terms (6 years total) in the state House and two 4-year terms (8 years total) in the state Senate, to 12 combined years in the state Legislature. It will also require elected state legislative and state executive officials to file annual financial disclosure reports on their income, assets, liabilities, gifts from lobbyists, positions held in certain organizations, and agreements on future employment.

    Vote YES on Proposal 1.

  • VOTE YES

    Vote YES to Promote the Vote 2022

  • Proposal 2 is a pro-voter initiative aimed at increasing access to the ballot and ensuring transparency in our elections. The proposal will ensure voters can vote free from harassment, intimidation, and interference by enshrining a fundamental right to vote in the Michigan Constitution. This proposal will also modernize Michigan’s elections by creating nine days of in-person early voting; allowing voters to request an absentee ballot for all future elections; providing state funding for secure ballot drop boxes, postage for absentee ballots and absentee ballot tracking; counting ballots from military and overseas voters that are postmarked by Election Day and received within six days; requiring audits to be conducted in public by local election officials; and ensuring that the outcome of Michigan elections are determined solely by the votes cast.

    Vote YES on Proposal 2.

    Proposal 2 is a pro-voter initiative aimed at increasing access to the ballot and ensuring transparency in our elections. The proposal will ensure voters can vote free from harassment, intimidation, and interference by enshrining a fundamental right to vote in the Michigan Constitution. This proposal will also modernize Michigan’s elections by creating nine days of in-person early voting; allowing voters to request an absentee ballot for all future elections; providing state funding for secure ballot drop boxes, postage for absentee ballots and absentee ballot tracking; counting ballots from military and overseas voters that are postmarked by Election Day and received within six days; requiring audits to be conducted in public by local election officials; and ensuring that the outcome of Michigan elections are determined solely by the votes cast.

    Vote YES on Proposal 2.

  • VOTE YES

    Vote YES for Reproductive Freedom for All

  • Proposal 3 will ensure every individual’s right to reproductive freedom, including the right to make their own decisions about birth control, abortion, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal care, and postpartum care is protected by enshrining these rights into the Michigan Constitution. It will also ensure no one can be punished for having a miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion and protects healthcare providers who assist with reproductive health care procedures.

    Vote YES on Proposal 3.

    Proposal 3 will ensure every individual’s right to reproductive freedom, including the right to make their own decisions about birth control, abortion, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal care, and postpartum care is protected by enshrining these rights into the Michigan Constitution. It will also ensure no one can be punished for having a miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion and protects healthcare providers who assist with reproductive health care procedures.

    Vote YES on Proposal 3.