• 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.
  • Shri Thanedar is a current state representative running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 13th Congressional District.

    Thanedar is a pro-choice candidate who lists equality for the LGBTQ+ community and addressing racial injustice as some of his top priorities. Thanedar supports reforms to remove corporate money from politics and pro-worker policies to strengthen the economy and protect workers’ rights.

    Thanedar is endorsed by two of our partners: American Federation of Teachers Michigan and Michigan Education Association.

    Thanedar’s opponent is Republican Martell Bivings.

    Thanedar is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://shriforcongress.com/

    Shri Thanedar

    Shri Thanedar is a current state representative running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 13th Congressional District.

    Shri Thanedar

    Shri Thanedar is a current state representative running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 13th Congressional District.
  • Sylvia Santana is an incumbent Democrat running for her second term in the Michigan State Senate. She also served one term in the Michigan House of Representatives. She serves on the Appropriations, Appropriations - Capital Outlay, Appropriations - LARA, Appropriations - Community Health and Human Policy, and Health Policy and Human Services committees.

    Santana’s priorities include fighting to provide Michigan children with a world-class education by recruiting and supporting the best teachers, fighting budget cuts, and opposing legislation that threatens Michigan schools. She will work to expand health care access, lower the cost of prescription drugs, and fight pollution in Michigan communities. Santana will support small business owners, raise the minimum wage, and advocate for greater accountability in both public and private sectors. She is also an advocate for women’s issues including protecting sexual assault victims and securing funding for affordable childcare, and will work to reform Michigan’s criminal justice system.

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

    Santana is running against Republican Harry Sawicki.

    Sylvia Santana is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: http://votesantana.com/

State House

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

  • Erin Byrnes is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 15th District. Byrnes is a Dearborn native who worked as a middle school special education teacher in New York City before returning to Michigan to work as an educator at the University of Michigan. Byrnes has served as a member of the Dearborn City Council since 2018 and currently serves as the council president pro tem.

    Byrnes’ priorities include fighting to protect voting rights and expand access to absentee voting, fighting to protect abortion access and repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, and working to expand literacy support services in public schools and ensure K-12 students and those seeking higher education have the resources they need to succeed. She will work to better equip Michigan’s infrastructure for the effects of climate change and ensure Michigan is a global leader in innovation when it comes to electric vehicles. Byrnes will also advocate for expanding mental health resources and common sense gun violence prevention measures.

    Byrnes is endorsed by four of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    Byrnes is running against Republican Steven Mackie.

    Erin Byrnes is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Erin Byrnes

    Erin Byrnes is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 15th District. Byrnes is a Dearborn native who worked as a middle school special education teacher in New York City before returning to Michigan to work as an educator at the University of Michigan.

    Erin Byrnes

    Erin Byrnes is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 15th District. Byrnes is a Dearborn native who worked as a middle school special education teacher in New York City before returning to Michigan to work as an educator at the University of Michigan.
  • Kevin Coleman is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Coleman served as a Westland city council member for four years before winning his seat as a representative in 2018.

    Coleman’s priorities include protecting the middle class through skilled trades and personal job training, fighting for public school funding, and repealing the retirement tax on our seniors. He is also going to bat for the people of Michigan by prioritizing funding for roads, regulating auto insurance rates, and making health care affordable and accessible.

    Coleman is endorsed by six of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Michigan Education Association.

    Coleman is running against Republican Scott Barlow.

    Kevin Coleman is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Kevin Coleman

    Kevin Coleman is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Coleman served as a Westland city council member for four years before winning his seat as a representative in 2018.

    Kevin Coleman

    Kevin Coleman is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Coleman served as a Westland city council member for four years before winning his seat as a representative in 2018.
  • 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.

  • Tim Killeen is a Democrat running for his ninth term on the Wayne County Commission. He has managed a cooperative grocery store and has served on the boards of the Michigan Sierra Club and Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. Health care and the environment are among his major priorities as a commissioner.

    Killeen is endorsed by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

    Killeen is running against Republican John Barry Anderson.

    Tim Killeen is the best choice in this race.

    Tim Killeen

    Tim Killeen is a Democrat running for his ninth term on the Wayne County Commission. He has managed a cooperative grocery store and has served on the boards of the Michigan Sierra Club and Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority.

    Tim Killeen

    Tim Killeen is a Democrat running for his ninth term on the Wayne County Commission. He has managed a cooperative grocery store and has served on the boards of the Michigan Sierra Club and Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority.
  • Jonathan Kinloch is a Democrat running for his first full term on the Wayne County Commission after being appointed in 2021 to fill the vacancy held by the late Jewel C. Ware.

    Kinloch serves as chairman of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and on the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners. Additionally, he served on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, and resisted the Republican-led effort to decertify the county’s election results. Kinloch previously worked for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration as her southeast Michigan community liaison. He is endorsed by the Michigan AFL-CIO.

    Kinloch is running unopposed and is the best choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://jonathankinloch.com/

    Jonathan C. Kinloch

    Jonathan Kinloch is a Democrat running for his first full term on the Wayne County Commission after being appointed in 2021 to fill the vacancy held by the late Jewel C. Ware.

    Jonathan C. Kinloch

    Jonathan Kinloch is a Democrat running for his first full term on the Wayne County Commission after being appointed in 2021 to fill the vacancy held by the late Jewel C. Ware.
  • Martha Scott is a Democrat running for her eighth term on the Wayne County Commission. She became a county commissioner in 1977 and served for two years. In 1988, she became mayor of Highland Park, making her the first African-American woman to serve as mayor of a Michigan city. She served 16 years in the Michigan Legislature, where she developed a progressive reputation and voting record.

    Affordable insurance, public school funding, and protecting the vulnerable are major priorities for Commissioner Scott.

    Scott is endorsed by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter and the Michigan AFL-CIO.

    Scott is running unopposed and is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Martha G. Scott

    Martha Scott is a Democrat running for her eighth term on the Wayne County Commission. She became a county commissioner in 1977 and served for two years. In 1988, she became mayor of Highland Park, making her the first African-American woman to serve as mayor of a Michigan city.

    Martha G. Scott

    Martha Scott is a Democrat running for her eighth term on the Wayne County Commission. She became a county commissioner in 1977 and served for two years. In 1988, she became mayor of Highland Park, making her the first African-American woman to serve as mayor of a Michigan city.
  • Cara Clemente is a Democrat running for her first term on the Wayne County Commission. She previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives. Clemente is endorsed by local labor organizations. She is running against Libertarian Loel Gnadt, who we could find little information about.

    Cara Clemente is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Cara A. Clemente

    Cara Clemente is a Democrat running for her first term on the Wayne County Commission. She previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives. Clemente is endorsed by local labor organizations. She is running against Libertarian Loel Gnadt, who we could find little information about.

    Cara A. Clemente

    Cara Clemente is a Democrat running for her first term on the Wayne County Commission. She previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives. Clemente is endorsed by local labor organizations. She is running against Libertarian Loel Gnadt, who we could find little information about.
  • Irma Clark-Coleman is a Democrat running for her seventh term on the Wayne County Commission. She chairs the Committee on Public Safety, Judiciary and Homeland Security for the County Commission. She served 12 years in the Michigan Legislature, where she developed a progressive reputation and voting record. A longtime Wayne County Road Commission employee, she also served on the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education.

    She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the Michigan AFL-CIO.

    Clark-Coleman is running unopposed and is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Irma Clark-Coleman

    Irma Clark-Coleman is a Democrat running for her seventh term on the Wayne County Commission. She chairs the Committee on Public Safety, Judiciary and Homeland Security for the County Commission.

    Irma Clark-Coleman

    Irma Clark-Coleman is a Democrat running for her seventh term on the Wayne County Commission. She chairs the Committee on Public Safety, Judiciary and Homeland Security for the County Commission.
  • Monique Baker McCormick is a Democrat running for her third term on the Wayne County Commission. She is an Army veteran and real estate broker who has a MBA degree. Workers’ rights, neighborhood economic development, education, and the environment are among her priorities. Thanks in part to her efforts, the City of Detroit is making voting easier by adding several new ballot drop boxes throughout the city. She has also been a strong advocate for civic engagement among youth and through anti-littering campaigns.

    She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the Michigan AFL-CIO.

    McCormick is running against Republican Celeste Mentag.

    Monique Baker McCormick is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://d6together.com/

    Monique Baker McCormick

    Monique Baker McCormick is a Democrat running for her third term on the Wayne County Commission. She is an Army veteran and real estate broker who has a MBA degree. Workers’ rights, neighborhood economic development, education, and the environment are among her priorities.

    Monique Baker McCormick

    Monique Baker McCormick is a Democrat running for her third term on the Wayne County Commission. She is an Army veteran and real estate broker who has a MBA degree. Workers’ rights, neighborhood economic development, education, and the environment are among her priorities.
  • Alisha Bell is a Democrat running for her 11th term on the Wayne County Commission. She is the current chair of the Commission and has been recognized nationally for her leadership. Health care and criminal justice reform are among her priorities.

    She is endorsed by the United Auto Workers and the Michigan AFL-CIO.

    Bell is running unopposed and is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Alisha Bell

    Alisha Bell is a Democrat running for her 11th term on the Wayne County Commission. She is the current chair of the Commission and has been recognized nationally for her leadership. Health care and criminal justice reform are among her priorities.

    Alisha Bell

    Alisha Bell is a Democrat running for her 11th term on the Wayne County Commission. She is the current chair of the Commission and has been recognized nationally for her leadership. Health care and criminal justice reform are among her priorities.
  • David Knezek is a Democrat running for his third term on the Wayne County Commission. A Marine veteran, Knezek has also served in the Michigan Legislature and on the staff of Attorney General Dana Nessel and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

    He is endorsed by two of our partner organizations: the Michigan Education Association and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

    Knezek is running against Republican WIlliam Collop, Jr.

    Daid Knezek is the most progressive choice in this race.

    David Knezek

    David Knezek is a Democrat running for his third term on the Wayne County Commission. A Marine veteran, Knezek has also served in the Michigan Legislature and on the staff of Attorney General Dana Nessel and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

    David Knezek

    David Knezek is a Democrat running for his third term on the Wayne County Commission. A Marine veteran, Knezek has also served in the Michigan Legislature and on the staff of Attorney General Dana Nessel and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

No Good Choices

Terry Marecki is a Republican running unopposed for her fifth term on the Wayne County Commission. She is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

There is no progressive choice in this race.
  • Melissa Daub is a Democrat running for her third term on the Wayne County Commission. She is an accountant and volunteers with her son’s Cub Scout pack and Parent Teacher Association. Her platform includes transparency, accountability, supporting unions, and fixing roads.

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

    Daub is running against Republican Michael Brackney.

    Melissa Daub is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Melissa Daub

    Melissa Daub is a Democrat running for her third term on the Wayne County Commission. She is an accountant and volunteers with her son’s Cub Scout pack and Parent Teacher Association. Her platform includes transparency, accountability, supporting unions, and fixing roads.

    Melissa Daub

    Melissa Daub is a Democrat running for her third term on the Wayne County Commission. She is an accountant and volunteers with her son’s Cub Scout pack and Parent Teacher Association. Her platform includes transparency, accountability, supporting unions, and fixing roads.
  • Democrat

    Al Haidous

  • Al Haidous is a Democrat running for his fifth term on the Wayne County Commission. He chairs the Committee on Economic Development for the commission. He has served on a number of boards relating to transit, sanitation, community development, and intergovernmental cooperation. He served more than a decade as Mayor of Wayne and owned a market with his wife.

    He is endorsed by the UAW.

    Haidous is running against Republican Corey James Blue.

    Al Haidous is the best choice in this race.

    Al Haidous

    Al Haidous is a Democrat running for his fifth term on the Wayne County Commission. He chairs the Committee on Economic Development for the commission. He has served on a number of boards relating to transit, sanitation, community development, and intergovernmental cooperation.

    Al Haidous

    Al Haidous is a Democrat running for his fifth term on the Wayne County Commission. He chairs the Committee on Economic Development for the commission. He has served on a number of boards relating to transit, sanitation, community development, and intergovernmental cooperation.
  • Glenn Anderson is a Democrat running for his fifth term on the Wayne County Commission. He previously served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature and nine years on the Westland City Council, earning a progressive reputation and voting record. A real estate agent and former auto worker, he is a proud member of the UAW.

    Anderson is endorsed by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

    Anderson is running against Republican William J. Collop.

    Glenn Anderson is the best choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/glenn.s.anderson/

    Glenn S. Anderson

    Glenn Anderson is a Democrat running for his fifth term on the Wayne County Commission. He previously served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature and nine years on the Westland City Council, earning a progressive reputation and voting record.

    Glenn S. Anderson

    Glenn Anderson is a Democrat running for his fifth term on the Wayne County Commission. He previously served 14 years in the Michigan Legislature and nine years on the Westland City Council, earning a progressive reputation and voting record.
  • Sam Baydoun is a Democrat running for his third term on the Wayne County Commission. He immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1978. Since then, he has developed a very successful real estate career. He is endorsed by the United Auto Workers.

    Baydoun is running against Republican Ann F. Clark.

    Given the limited information we have about both candidates, we are unable to determine whether either candidate could be considered progressive to any degree, but at this time we are recommending voters consider Baydoun over Clark based on the information we were able to find.


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

    Sam Baydoun

    Sam Baydoun is a Democrat running for his third term on the Wayne County Commission. He immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1978. Since then, he has developed a very successful real estate career. He is endorsed by the United Auto Workers.

    Sam Baydoun

    Sam Baydoun is a Democrat running for his third term on the Wayne County Commission. He immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1978. Since then, he has developed a very successful real estate career. He is endorsed by the United Auto Workers.
  • Raymond Basham is a Democrat running for his seventh term on the Wayne County Commission. He chairs the Committee on Audit for the County Commission. He has also served as a police officer, constable, Taylor City Council member, state representative, and state senator. An Air Force veteran, he also worked at Ford Motor Company for 28 years, where he was a proud member of the UAW.

    Basham is running against Republican Ashleigh Bielecki-Gamalski.

    Raymond Basham is the best choice in this race.

    Raymond E. Basham

    Raymond Basham is a Democrat running for his seventh term on the Wayne County Commission. He chairs the Committee on Audit for the County Commission. He has also served as a police officer, constable, Taylor City Council member, state representative, and state senator.

    Raymond E. Basham

    Raymond Basham is a Democrat running for his seventh term on the Wayne County Commission. He chairs the Committee on Audit for the County Commission. He has also served as a police officer, constable, Taylor City Council member, state representative, and state senator.
  • Joseph Palamara is a Democrat running for his 13th term on the Wayne County Commission. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Commission. He has also been a state representative, attorney, and guest lecturer over the years. He is endorsed by the UAW.

    Palamara is running against Republican Craig Bielecki.

    Due to the problematic nature of Palamara’s work as a lobbyist while holding public office, we cannot recommend him. There is no progressive choice in this race.

    Joseph Palamara

    Joseph Palamara is a Democrat running for his 13th term on the Wayne County Commission. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Commission. He has also been a state representative, attorney, and guest lecturer over the years. He is endorsed by the UAW.

    Joseph Palamara

    Joseph Palamara is a Democrat running for his 13th term on the Wayne County Commission. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Commission. He has also been a state representative, attorney, and guest lecturer over the years. He is endorsed by the UAW.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.