• 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.

Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

  • Joseph Alfonso is the Democratic running to represent Michigan’s 4th Congressional District. Alfonso served in the United States Marine Corps and has worked in Michigan as an electrician and banker. Before deciding to run for office, Alfonso worked as an inspector for the city of Kentwood.

    Alfonso’s priorities include protecting clean water by holding polluters accountable, making services for veterans more accessible, and taking better care of our troops and families. He will fight for equal protections for all Michiganders, crack down on corporate monopolies to protect small businesses and consumers, protect reproductive rights, pass common sense gun violence prevention measures, and support unions. Alfonso will also work to properly fund social security, protect consumer data, humanize the immigration system, drive down costs of public utilities, and bring new jobs to Michigan.

    Alfonso is endorsed by American Federation of Teachers Michigan and Michigan Education Association.

    Alfonso’s opponent is Bill Huizenga. Huizenga is anti-reproductive rights and consistently voted to support Trump’s agenda. Huizenga is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

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

    Joseph Alfonso

    Joseph Alfonso is the Democratic running to represent Michigan’s 4th Congressional District. Alfonso served in the United States Marine Corps and has worked in Michigan as an electrician and banker. Before deciding to run for office, Alfonso worked as an inspector for the city of Kentwood.

    Joseph Alfonso

    Joseph Alfonso is the Democratic running to represent Michigan’s 4th Congressional District. Alfonso served in the United States Marine Corps and has worked in Michigan as an electrician and banker. Before deciding to run for office, Alfonso worked as an inspector for the city of Kentwood.

  • Bart Goldberg is an experienced legal professional running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 5th Congressional District. After graduating law school, Goldberg started his own law practice rather than joining a firm in order to provide affordable help to people in his community.

    Much of Goldberg’s policy platform focuses on leveling the playing field for working people and ensuring the economy is strong. He is firmly in favor of abortion rights and supports policies to prevent discrimination against marginalized communities. Goldberg also plans to make standing up for Michigan farmers a priority.

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

    Goldberg’s opponent is Rep. Tim Walberg, a right-wing Republican Congressman. Rep. Walberg is anti-reproductive rights, holds irresponsible right-wing views on guns, and consistently voted to support Trump’s agenda. Walberg is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Bart Goldberg is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more:

    https://www.bart4mi.com

    Bart Goldberg

    Bart Goldberg is an experienced legal professional running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 5th Congressional District. After graduating law school, Goldberg started his own law practice rather than joining a firm in order to provide affordable help to people in his community.

    Bart Goldberg

    Bart Goldberg is an experienced legal professional running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 5th Congressional District. After graduating law school, Goldberg started his own law practice rather than joining a firm in order to provide affordable help to people in his community.

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

  • Sean McCann is an incumbent Democrat running for his second term in the Michigan State Senate. McCann was also elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. He serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Energy & Technology, and Senate Committee on Natural Resources. He serves on the Appropriations, Appropriations - Agriculture and Rural Development, Appropriations - Capital Outlay, Appropriations - Natural Resources and Environmental Quality). Energy & Technology committees.

    McCann has introduced legislation that would safeguard our water, and protect workers’ wages and health. His priorities include expanding Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit, supporting quality schools and expanding skilled trades programs, fighting to protect reproductive freedom, and holding polluters accountable.

    McCann 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.

    Sean McCann is running against Republican Tamara Mitchell. Mitchell is anti-reproductive freedom and supports election policies rooted in right-wing disinformation and conspiracy theories. Mitchell is endorsed by the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Sean McCann is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://seanamccann.com/

    Sean McCann

    Sean McCann is an incumbent Democrat running for his second term in the Michigan State Senate. McCann was also elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010.

    Sean McCann

    Sean McCann is an incumbent Democrat running for his second term in the Michigan State Senate. McCann was also elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010.

State House

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

  • Christine Morse is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Morse was formerly a lawyer and Kalamazoo County commissioner.

    Morse’s priorities include investing in education, ensuring access to health care, and protecting our water and environment. She is working to ensure educators have a voice in education policy, repeal Right to Work legislation and rebuild our infrastructure in partnership with labor unions, and protect the Great Lakes while tackling the state’s PFAS contamination problem. Morse also believes in expanding health care coverage for Michiganders with pre-existing conditions and expanding access to mental health care, protecting abortion access, and passing the expansion of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

    Morse 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.

    Morse is running against Republican Kelly Sackett.

    Morse is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.vote4morse.com/

    Christine Morse

    Christine Morse is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Morse was formerly a lawyer and Kalamazoo County commissioner.

    Christine Morse

    Christine Morse is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Morse was formerly a lawyer and Kalamazoo County commissioner.

  • Julie Rogers is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Before being elected as a representative, Rogers served eight years as a commissioner in Kalamazoo County.

    Rogers’ priorities include holding corporate polluters accountable and promoting policies that address the climate crisis, protecting the LGBTQ community, prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and strengthening our infrastructure. Rogers also believes that the criminal justice system should work for everyone and wants to address racial and economic disparities when writing policy. Being a physical therapist for 22 years led Rogers to become a champion for public health including reproductive freedom and combatting lead poisoning.

    Rogers 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.

    Rogers is running against Republican Terry Haines. Haines holds irresponsible views on guns and has pushed views on the 2020 election and education rooted in right-wing disinformation and conspiracy theories.

    Julie M. Rogers is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Julie M. Rogers

    Julie Rogers is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Before being elected as a representative, Rogers served eight years as a commissioner in Kalamazoo County.

    Julie M. Rogers

    Julie Rogers is an incumbent Democrat seeking re-election for her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Before being elected as a representative, Rogers served eight years as a commissioner in Kalamazoo County.

  • Justin Mendoza is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 42nd District. He graduated from Otsego High School, studied at Central Michigan University, and then earned his Master’s of Public Health on the East Coast. Mendoza has a strong history of coalition building that includes fighting for billions of dollars in the American Rescue Plan to help communities of color respond to the pandemic.

    Mendoza’s priorities will be fighting to expand equal access to affordable health care, as well as ensure Michiganders have clean air and water. Mendoza will also work to make corporations pay their fair share, protect our democracy, invest in public education, ensure workers make a living wage, and pass common sense gun laws. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Mendoza will also work to codify equal protections under the law.

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

    Mendoza is running against Matt Hall. Hall is running for a Republican leadership position and is not supported by any of our partner organizations. He is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Justin Mendoza is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.justin4mi.com

    Justin Mendoza

    Justin Mendoza is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 42nd District. He graduated from Otsego High School, studied at Central Michigan University, and then earned his Master’s of Public Health on the East Coast.

    Justin Mendoza

    Justin Mendoza is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 42nd District. He graduated from Otsego High School, studied at Central Michigan University, and then earned his Master’s of Public Health on the East Coast.

  • 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.

  • Tami Rey is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. She is a nonprofit professional and business owner from Kalamazoo. She has chaired the city of Kalamazoo’s Community Development Advisory Act Committee and is a member of a variety of other boards and committees. Her priorities include equity in education, housing, and the criminal justice system. Rey is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

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

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

    Tami Rey

    Tami Rey is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. She is a nonprofit professional and business owner from Kalamazoo.

    Tami Rey

    Tami Rey is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. She is a nonprofit professional and business owner from Kalamazoo.

  • Jen Strebs is a Democrat running for reelection to the Kalamazoo County Commission. Solving the affordable housing shortages, preventinging gun violence, reforming our criminal justice system, improving our public health outcomes, and responding to the climate crisis are among her priorities. Strebs is endorsed by our partner organization Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and former State Representative Jon Hoadley.

    Jen Strebs is running unopposed and is the most progressive candidate in this race.

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

    Jen Strebs

    Jen Strebs is a Democrat running for reelection to the Kalamazoo County Commission. Solving the affordable housing shortages, preventinging gun violence, reforming our criminal justice system, improving our public health outcomes, and responding to the climate crisis are among her priorities.

    Jen Strebs

    Jen Strebs is a Democrat running for reelection to the Kalamazoo County Commission. Solving the affordable housing shortages, preventinging gun violence, reforming our criminal justice system, improving our public health outcomes, and responding to the climate crisis are among her priorities.

  • Monteze Morales is a Democrat running for her first full term on the Kalamazoo County Commission after being appointed in 2021. Despite her short time on the Kalamazoo County Commission, she was sworn in as its vice chair earlier this year. Morales serves as the director of Kalamazoo Promise Services at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is a liaison for formerly undocumented students. She has over 20 years of experience as an education consultant. Morales also served as vice chair of the Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission and is a member of OutFront.

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

    Monteze Morales

    Monteze Morales is a Democrat running for her first full term on the Kalamazoo County Commission after being appointed in 2021. Despite her short time on the Kalamazoo County Commission, she was sworn in as its vice chair earlier this year.

    Monteze Morales

    Monteze Morales is a Democrat running for her first full term on the Kalamazoo County Commission after being appointed in 2021. Despite her short time on the Kalamazoo County Commission, she was sworn in as its vice chair earlier this year.

  • Abigail “Abby” Wheeler is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Wheeler is a firefighter and EMT and is running on a platform of protecting the environment, creating affordable housing, and increasing civic participation.

    Wheeler is running against Republican Charley Coss. We do not recommend voting for Coss given his staunch right-wing views on education, which are rooted in conspiracy theories, and his anti-LGBTQ views.

    Abby Wheeler is the more progressive choice in this race.

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

    Abigail Wheeler

    Abigail “Abby” Wheeler is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Wheeler is a firefighter and EMT and is running on a platform of protecting the environment, creating affordable housing, and increasing civic participation.

    Abigail Wheeler

    Abigail “Abby” Wheeler is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Wheeler is a firefighter and EMT and is running on a platform of protecting the environment, creating affordable housing, and increasing civic participation.

  • John Patrick Taylor is a Democrat running for re-election to the Kalamazoo County Commission after having served 14 years previously. He was first elected while still a student at Western Michigan University.

    Taylor is running against Republican Peter Strazdas, an administrator at Western Michigan University who previously served as mayor of Portage for 12 years.

    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 Taylor over Strazdas based on the information we were able to find.

    John Patrick Taylor

    John Patrick Taylor is a Democrat running for re-election to the Kalamazoo County Commission after having served 14 years previously. He was first elected while still a student at Western Michigan University.

    John Patrick Taylor

    John Patrick Taylor is a Democrat running for re-election to the Kalamazoo County Commission after having served 14 years previously. He was first elected while still a student at Western Michigan University.

  • Anthony Bates is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. The environment, equity, and infrastructure are among his priorities. He is endorsed by two of our partner organizations: the Michigan Education Association and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

    Bates is running against Republican John Gisler, who we cannot recommend based on his votes against COVID precautions.

    Anthony Bates is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Anthony M. Bates

    Anthony Bates is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. The environment, equity, and infrastructure are among his priorities. He is endorsed by two of our partner organizations: the Michigan Education Association and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

    Anthony M. Bates

    Anthony Bates is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. The environment, equity, and infrastructure are among his priorities. He is endorsed by two of our partner organizations: the Michigan Education Association and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

  • Luke Howell is a Democrat running for Kalamazoo County Commission. He supports the Movement for Black Lives, LGBTQ+ rights, and reproductive choice. He has worked in the nonprofit sector, in health and fitness, and in the skilled trades. He is currently an HVAC technician and a proud member of Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC-R Local 357.

    Howell is running against Republican incumbent Jeff Heppler. Heppler voted against giving county essential workers assistance during the COVID pandemic. Heppler, who serves as Augusta Police Chief, voted against a resolution to declare gun violence a public health crisis and against mask mandates in county meetings. Based on this background, we do not recommend voting for Heppler.

    Luke Howell is the more progressive candidate in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Howell-for-Kalamazoo-District-7/100057982002946/

    Luke Howell

    Luke Howell is a Democrat running for Kalamazoo County Commission. He supports the Movement for Black Lives, LGBTQ+ rights, and reproductive choice. He has worked in the nonprofit sector, in health and fitness, and in the skilled trades.

    Luke Howell

    Luke Howell is a Democrat running for Kalamazoo County Commission. He supports the Movement for Black Lives, LGBTQ+ rights, and reproductive choice. He has worked in the nonprofit sector, in health and fitness, and in the skilled trades.

  • Stephanie Willoughby is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Willoughby serves as the Youth Services Librarian at the Vicksburg District Library and also serves on the Vicksburg Community Schools Board of Education. She is endorsed by local labor organizations.

    Willoughby is running against Wendy Mazer, who we do not recommend based on her endorsement from the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Stephanie Willoughby is the best choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/vote4willo/

    Stephanie Willoughby

    Stephanie Willoughby is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Willoughby serves as the Youth Services Librarian at the Vicksburg District Library and also serves on the Vicksburg Community Schools Board of Education.

    Stephanie Willoughby

    Stephanie Willoughby is a Democrat running for her first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Willoughby serves as the Youth Services Librarian at the Vicksburg District Library and also serves on the Vicksburg Community Schools Board of Education.

No Good Choices

Dale Deleeuw is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. He is a police officer and supports the “Back the Blue” movement which is a right-wing response to the Black Lives Matter movement. We were unable to find additional policy priorities for Deleeuw.

Deleeuw is running against Republican Tom Graham, who we cannot recommend based on his association with the right-wing Convention of States Project and his downplaying of the January 6 insurrection on his campaign site.

There is no progressive choice in this race.

Dale Deleeuw - County Commission - No Good Choices

Dale Deleeuw is a Democrat running for his first term on the Kalamazoo County Commission. He is a police officer and supports the “Back the Blue” movement which is a right-wing response to the Black Lives Matter movement. We were unable to find additional policy priorities for Deleeuw.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.