No Good Choices

Michelle Nard is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commissioner. Nard is running against Republican Bill Clift. Nard attended a recent Trump rally and is supporting Republican candidate for governor Tudor Dixon. There is no progressive choice in this race.

Michelle Nard

Michelle Nard is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commissioner. Nard is running against Republican Bill Clift. Nard attended a recent Trump rally and is supporting Republican candidate for governor Tudor Dixon. There is no progressive choice in this race.

  • 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.

  • Brian Jaye is a military veteran and legal professional running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 9th Congressional District. He was the first in his family to attend college and is running for Congress to ensure every child in America has equal opportunity to succeed.

    Jaye is a pro-choice candidate who supports stronger protections for the LGBTQ+ community, efforts to combat systemic racism, and strong voting rights policies. He also supports a variety of policies to address economic inequality, including raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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

    Jaye is running against incumbent Republican Lisa McClain, who supported Donald Trump’s attempt to illegally overturn the 2020 election. Rep. McClain also holds irresponsible right-wing views on guns and is anti-reproductive rights. McClain is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Jaye is the most progressive candidate in this race.

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

    Brian Jaye

    Brian Jaye is a military veteran and legal professional running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 9th Congressional District. He was the first in his family to attend college and is running for Congress to ensure every child in America has equal opportunity to succeed.

    Brian Jaye

    Brian Jaye is a military veteran and legal professional running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 9th Congressional District. He was the first in his family to attend college and is running for Congress to ensure every child in America has equal opportunity to succeed.

  • Carl Marlinga is an attorney with decades of legal experience who is running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 10th Congressional District. He served for nearly four decades as Macomb County Prosecutor, an assistant U.S. attorney, and a judge on the 16th Judicial Circuit Court.

    Marlinga fully supports the Constitutional right to get an abortion and intends to codify Roe into federal law. He wants to support good-paying jobs here in the U.S. to strengthen the economy, while also working to protect our Great Lakes and rivers and ensure they are clean for generations to come.

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

    Marlinga’s opponent is John James, a two-time Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who once said he was “2000% behind Trump.” James is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Marlinga is the most progressive candidate in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.marlinga4congress.com/

    Carl J. Marlinga

    Carl Marlinga is an attorney with decades of legal experience who is running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 10th Congressional District. He served for nearly four decades as Macomb County Prosecutor, an assistant U.S. attorney, and a judge on the 16th Judicial Circuit Court.

    Carl J. Marlinga

    Carl Marlinga is an attorney with decades of legal experience who is running as the Democratic candidate to represent the 10th Congressional District. He served for nearly four decades as Macomb County Prosecutor, an assistant U.S. attorney, and a judge on the 16th Judicial Circuit Court.

State Senate

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

  • Stephanie Chang is an incumbent Democrat running for her second term to the Michigan State Senate. Prior to serving in the State Senate, she served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, where she was on the leadership team for the House Democratic Caucus for both terms. Chang was the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature and was a co-founder of the Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus.

    Chang’s priorities include air quality protection, education, criminal justice reforms, reproductive rights, and fighting for affordable and safe drinking water. She will fight for an economy that works for everyone by pushing to raise the minimum wage, protect collective bargaining rights, and ensure paid sick days for all workers. Chang has passed bipartisan legislation on a range of issues including female genital mutilation, nitrous oxide “whip-its,” re-entry services for wrongfully convicted individuals who were exonerated, and more.

    Chang 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.

    Stephanie Chang is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Stephanie Chang

    Stephanie Chang is an incumbent Democrat running for her second term to the Michigan State Senate. Prior to serving in the State Senate, she served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, where she was on the leadership team for the House Democratic Caucus for both terms.

    Stephanie Chang

    Stephanie Chang is an incumbent Democrat running for her second term to the Michigan State Senate. Prior to serving in the State Senate, she served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, where she was on the leadership team for the House Democratic Caucus for both terms.

  • Padma Kuppa is a current Democratic representative in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 41st District, and she is running for Michigan State Senate in the 9th District. Kuppa currently serves on the Energy and Local Government Committee and the Municipal Finance Committee. She also belongs to the Education and Labor Caucuses, is the Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, and a Co-Chair to the Equal Pay Task Force.

    Kuppa believes that everyone should have access to affordable health care and prescription drugs, and our seniors should be taken care of. Her other priorities include fully funding public education and accessible higher education, keeping corporations accountable for the pollution they cause, preventing gun violence, and strengthening transparency and accountability in the legislature.

    Kuppa 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.

    Kuppa is running against Republican Michael Webber. Webber is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Padma Kuppa is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: http://electpadmakuppa.com/

    Padma Kuppa

    Padma Kuppa is a current Democratic representative in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 41st District, and she is running for Michigan State Senate in the 9th District. Kuppa currently serves on the Energy and Local Government Committee and the Municipal Finance Committee.

    Padma Kuppa

    Padma Kuppa is a current Democratic representative in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 41st District, and she is running for Michigan State Senate in the 9th District. Kuppa currently serves on the Energy and Local Government Committee and the Municipal Finance Committee.

  • Paul Wojno is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term in the Michigan State Senate. Wojno currently serves on the Election, Health Policy and Human services, and Senate Regulatory Reform Committees.

    Wojno’s priorities include ensuring an equitable and quality education for all students by fully supporting schools and teachers, fighting for economic security by supporting fair wages and protecting collective bargaining rights, and protecting voting rights. He will fight to protect the environment, invest in infrastructure improvements, and expand the use of renewable energy. Wojno also believes in requiring corporations to pay their fair share and passing common sense gun violence prevention measures.

    Wojno 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.

    Wojno is running against Republican Paul Smith. Smith believes in restricting voting rights and doesn’t believe our air and water need more protection.

    Paul Wojno is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Paul Wojno

    Paul Wojno is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term in the Michigan State Senate. Wojno currently serves on the Election, Health Policy and Human services, and Senate Regulatory Reform Committees.

    Paul Wojno

    Paul Wojno is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term in the Michigan State Senate. Wojno currently serves on the Election, Health Policy and Human services, and Senate Regulatory Reform Committees.

  • Veronica Klinefelt is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 11th District. She currently serves as a Macomb County commissioner and has previously held positions on local school boards and the Eastpointe City Council.

    Klinefelt’s priorities include protecting reproductive freedom, supporting working families, protecting voting access, responsible government, school funding, and protecting Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River Watershed. She is also focused on public safety, infrastructure, and wage justice.

    Klinefelt 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.

    Klinefelt is running against Republican Mike MacDonald. MacDonald supports restricting voting rights and is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Veronica Klinefelt is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn More: https://veronicaklinefelt.com/

    Veronica Klinefelt

    Veronica Klinefelt is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 11th District. She currently serves as a Macomb County commissioner and has previously held positions on local school boards and the Eastpointe City Council.

    Veronica Klinefelt

    Veronica Klinefelt is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 11th District. She currently serves as a Macomb County commissioner and has previously held positions on local school boards and the Eastpointe City Council.

  • Kevin Hertel is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 12th District. He currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 18th District. Hertel has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and while in college, co-created a coalition of Michigan’s 15 public universities to advocate for lower cost higher education. He is a member of the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee and volunteers with the Macomb County Special Olympics.

    Hertel’s main priorities are to ensure infrastructure is up to code to keep the environment protected, increase access to early education, and lower the cost of public universities and community colleges through government funding. He also wants to improve programs for mental health care, substance abuse programs and programs for youth offenders to decrease prison sizes, abolish the retirement tax on our seniors, and improve the roads.

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

    Hertel is running against MAGA Republican Pamela Hornberger. Hornberger is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Kevin Hertel is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://hertelforhouse.com/

    Kevin Hertel

    Kevin Hertel is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 12th District. He currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 18th District.

    Kevin Hertel

    Kevin Hertel is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 12th District. He currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 18th District.

  • Theresa Fougnie is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 24th District. Fougnie became a political activist in the wake of the 2016 election. 

    Fougnie’s priorities include investing in local libraries, prioritizing care for our veterans, sustainable environmental policies for the future of Michigan, civil discourse, separation of church and state, affordable health care, investing in infrastructure, equal rights for all Michiganders, reproductive rights, common sense gun reform, and voting rights.

    Fougnie is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. 

    Fougnie is running against Republican Ruth Johnson. Johnson has been a vocal supporter of restricting voting rights. Johnson is endorsed by the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Theresa Fougnie is the most progressive choice in this race.

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


     
  • Bert Van Dyke is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 25th District. Van Dyke has worked for thirty years as a professional educator at Marine City HIgh School.

    Van Dyke’s priorities include defending democracy, education, protecting the environment, social justice and equality. He supports reproductive freedom, preventing gun violence, campaign finance reform, protecting education from those who wish to privatize it while removing critical funding from public schools, and protecting Michigan’s water and natural resources.

    Van Dyke is endorsed by two of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the Michigan Education Association.

    Van Dyke is running against Republican Daniel Lauwers. Lauwers has irresponsible right-wing views on guns and is anti-reproductive rights. Lauwers is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Van Dyke is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Bert Van Dyke

    Bert Van Dyke is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 25th District. Van Dyke has worked for thirty years as a professional educator at Marine City HIgh School.

    Bert Van Dyke

    Bert Van Dyke is a Democrat running for the Michigan State Senate for the 25th District. Van Dyke has worked for thirty years as a professional educator at Marine City HIgh School.

State House

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

  • Mike McFall is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 8th District. McFall grew up in a blue-collar, union family just outside of Flint. He worked his way through college and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Community Development and Public Administration and has worked most of his career in the nonprofit sector. McFall currently lives with his husband in Hazel Park, where he is a member of the Hazel Park City Council and mayor pro tem.

    McFall’s priorities include working to expand access to affordable health care, fighting to protect abortion access, and destigmatizing mental illness while working to shore up mental health resources. McFall will also fight for affordable or free child care and preschool, work to upgrade our infrastructure with climate resiliency in mind, push to expand public transportation options, and fight for an economy that works for everyone. As a gay man, McFall will also fight for LGBTQ equality and civil rights, including opposing every effort to place barriers between voters and the ballotbox.

    McFall is endorsed by five of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Equality Michigan.

    McFall is running against Republican Robert Noble. Noble has leaned into various right-wing extremist viewpoints rooted in disinformation on LGBTQ equality in schools, mask policies to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and the teaching of systemic racism in schools.

    Mike McFall is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Mike McFall

    Mike McFall is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 8th District. McFall grew up in a blue-collar, union family just outside of Flint.

    Mike McFall

    Mike McFall is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 8th District. McFall grew up in a blue-collar, union family just outside of Flint.

  • Joe Tate is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term to the Michigan House of Representatives. Before serving in the Michigan House, Joe Tate was an all-star football player and captain at Michigan State University, where he graduated with a degree in Public Policy and then played in the NFL. After two years in the NFL, he joined the Marines and served two deployments in Afghanistan. When he was honorably discharged, he came back to Michigan to earn two Master's degrees from the University of Michigan in Business Administration and Science in Environmental Policy and Planning.

    Tate’s priorities include quality, equitable education and youth service programs; high-quality jobs growth and the economic revitalization of Detroit; and effective public transit for metropolitan Detroit. His voting record and sponsored bills also indicate to us that Tate cares about protecting our environment and making health care and mental health services accessible.

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

    Tate is running against Republican Mark Corcoran. Corcoran has expressed right-wing views on a variety of issues including the pandemic, the 2020 election, and immigration.

    Joseph Tate is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Joe Tate

    Joe Tate is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term to the Michigan House of Representatives.

    Joe Tate

    Joe Tate is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term to the Michigan House of Representatives.

  • Veronica Paiz is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 11th District. Paiz grew up in Macomb County and was elected to the Harper Woods City Council in 2015 and still serves as a council member. She is a member of the Michigan Municipal League’s legislative Municipal Services Committee and Elections Sub-Committee and an executive board member of the Michigan Democratic Party Hispanic Latino Caucus. Paiz has also been a community activist and volunteer in the community for years.

    Paiz’s priorities include fighting for quality and affordable health care, including reproductive rights. She will push for equality and accessibility for Michiganders with disabilities in city infrastructure and planning. Paiz believes in affordable housing and will fight to prevent homelessness. She will also fight for equitable education funding, workers rights, protecting voting rights, and legislating for social and environmental justice.

    Paiz is endorsed by five of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Education Association, and Equality Michigan.

    Paiz is running against Republican Mark Foster.

    Veronica Paiz is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Veronica Paiz

    Veronica Paiz is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 11th District. Paiz grew up in Macomb County and was elected to the Harper Woods City Council in 2015 and still serves as a council member.

    Veronica Paiz

    Veronica Paiz is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 11th District. Paiz grew up in Macomb County and was elected to the Harper Woods City Council in 2015 and still serves as a council member.

  • Kimberly Edwards is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 12th District. Edwards was born and raised on the west side of Detroit but has lived in Eastpointe for a decade. Edwards is a social worker and mother of four, who believes her experience as a social worker equips her to not only connect with a community and identify their needs but also provide solutions that can help improve lives. She also supports reproductive freedom.

    Edwards is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers Michigan.

    Edwards is running against Republican Diane Saber. Saber is anti-abortion rights, has expressed extremist right-wing views, spread conspiracy theories, and is endorsed by the extremist right-wing group Patriot Approved.

    Edwards is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082880553153

    Kimberly Edwards

    Kimberly Edwards is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 12th District. Edwards was born and raised on the west side of Detroit but has lived in Eastpointe for a decade.

    Kimberly Edwards

    Kimberly Edwards is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 12th District. Edwards was born and raised on the west side of Detroit but has lived in Eastpointe for a decade.

  • Lori Stone is an incumbent Democrat running for her third term to the Michigan House of Representatives. Before becoming a lawmaker, Stone was an activist and a teacher for 14 years.

    Stone’s priorities include investing in public education, including expanding preschool offerings and developing STEM programming to prepare students for 21st Century careers. She will fight to protect the environment and improve Michigan’s infrastructure by pushing for sustainable funding sources. As a member of the Michigan Education Association and a union representative who fights for workers’ rights, Stone believes working 40 hours a week should allow Michiganders to provide for their families.

    Stone 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.

    Stone is running against Republican Ronald Singer.

    Lori Stone is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Lori M. Stone

    Lori Stone is an incumbent Democrat running for her third term to the Michigan House of Representatives. Before becoming a lawmaker, Stone was an activist and a teacher for 14 years.

    Lori M. Stone

    Lori Stone is an incumbent Democrat running for her third term to the Michigan House of Representatives. Before becoming a lawmaker, Stone was an activist and a teacher for 14 years.

  • Donavan McKinney is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 14th District. McKinney is a lifelong Detroiter with a history of public service and advocacy. He holds a Bachelor’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and has worked as a legislative director for the Michigan House of Representatives and done political and coalition work for Service Employees International Union Healthcare, the largest health care union in Michigan. McKinney currently serves as the national political director for Climate Power, an environmental organization. McKinney was also appointed to Michigan’s first Environmental Justice Council by Governor Whitmer in 2020, where he advocates for water accessibility.

    McKinney’s priorities include equitable funding for public schools that focus on need and providing wraparound services, expanding mental health services, a living wage, and affordable health care. McKinney is fighting for families, pushing for policies including earned paid sick leave, parental leave, affordable child care, expanded SNAP benefits, and expanding Medicare and Medicaid benefits. He also believes quality affordable housing, clean air, and clean water are basic human rights.

    McKinney 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.

    McKinney is running against Republican Wendy Jo Watters.

    Donavan McKinney is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Donavan McKinney

    Donavan McKinney is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 14th District. McKinney is a lifelong Detroiter with a history of public service and advocacy.

    Donavan McKinney

    Donavan McKinney is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 14th District. McKinney is a lifelong Detroiter with a history of public service and advocacy.

  • Aisha Farooqi is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 57th District. Farooqi grew up in Detroit after her family moved to the United States, and later earned a degree in law from the University of Detroit Mercy. She has worked in both public and private practice, including as a legal aid attorney. She currently works as a real estate attorney and is a member of the Macomb County Black Caucus and the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council of Detroit.

    Farooqi’s priorities include fighting to create an inclusive and fair Michigan by protecting civil, economic, and fundamental human rights. She will work to improve Michigan’s aging infrastructure, increase funding to public education, and invest in small businesses.

    Farooqi is endorsed by six of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Clean Water Action, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Michigan Education Association.

    Farooqi is running against Republican Thomas Kuhn. Kuhn is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Aisha Farooqi is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.farooqifor57.com

    Aisha Farooqi

    Aisha Farooqi is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 57th District. Farooqi grew up in Detroit after her family moved to the United States, and later earned a degree in law from the University of Detroit Mercy.

    Aisha Farooqi

    Aisha Farooqi is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 57th District. Farooqi grew up in Detroit after her family moved to the United States, and later earned a degree in law from the University of Detroit Mercy.

  • Nate Shannon is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term to the Michigan House of Representatives. Before becoming a representative, Shannon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Oakland University and a Master’s in education from Wayne State University. He was also a public school teacher for 10 years and served on the Sterling Heights City Council.

    Shannon’s priorities and past sponsorship or co-sponsorship on bills include fighting to increase K-12 public education funding, working to make health care accessible to all Michiganders—including those with pre-existing conditions, and investing in job training and community college affordability. Shannon has also fought for infrastructure improvements including fixing roads, getting rural Michiganders broadband internet, and protecting our environment by requiring corporations to pay up when they pollute our water or our air.

    Shannon 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.

    Shannon is running against Republican Michelle Smith. Smith is anti-reproductive rights and is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network and Great Lakes Education Project organizations.

    Nate Shannon is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://nateforstaterep.com/

    Nate Shannon

    Nate Shannon is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term to the Michigan House of Representatives. Before becoming a representative, Shannon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Oakland University and a Master’s in education from Wayne State University.

    Nate Shannon

    Nate Shannon is an incumbent Democrat running for his third term to the Michigan House of Representatives. Before becoming a representative, Shannon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Oakland University and a Master’s in education from Wayne State University.

  • James Diez is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 59th District. Diez has lived his whole life in Macomb County and recently retired from a career of management and executive work in the automotive, defense, aviation, and global supply chain industries. He also volunteers leading projects for children with special needs in the community.

    Diez’s priorities will include fighting to protect Michiganders’ right to vote, advocating for commonsense gun violence prevention measures, and protecting abortion rights. He supports organized labor and believes Michigan can continue investing in green energy to create jobs.

    Diez is endorsed by two of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and Michigan Education Association.

    Diez is running against Republican Doug Wozniak. Wozniak is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    James Diez is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.voteforjames.net

    James Diez

    James Diez is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 59th District. Diez has lived his whole life in Macomb County and recently retired from a career of management and executive work in the automotive, defense, aviation, and global supply chain industries.

    James Diez

    James Diez is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 59th District. Diez has lived his whole life in Macomb County and recently retired from a career of management and executive work in the automotive, defense, aviation, and global supply chain industries.

  • Linda Clor is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 60th District. Clor is a social worker and family therapist who received her Master’s in Social Sork from Wayne State University.

    Clor’s priorities include fighting to make health care more affordable and accessible, including protecting access to abortion. She believes in supporting public education and taking action to prevent gun violence. Clor will also fight for a livable working wage and expanding access to the ballot box.

    Clor is running against Republican Joseph Aragona. Aragona is anti-reproductive rights and a longstanding member of the National Rifle Association. He holds irresponsible views on guns, access to the ballot box, and more. He is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Linda Clor is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Linda Clor

    Linda Clor is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 60th District. Clor is a social worker and family therapist who received her Master’s in Social Sork from Wayne State University.

    Linda Clor

    Linda Clor is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 60th District. Clor is a social worker and family therapist who received her Master’s in Social Sork from Wayne State University.

  • Denise Mentzer is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 61st District. Mentzer has been a union member for more than two decades and has served as a Mount Clemens city commissioner.

    Mentzer’s priorities will include fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs and health care, fighting to protect abortion access, and working to support organized labor.

    Mentzer is endorsed by five of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Michigan Education Association.

    Mentzer is running against Republican Mike Aiello. Aiello supported Donald Trump and holds irresponsible views on guns, and voting access.

    Mentzer is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://denisementzer.com

    Denise Mentzer

    Denise Mentzer is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 61st District. Mentzer has been a union member for more than two decades and has served as a Mount Clemens city commissioner.

    Denise Mentzer

    Denise Mentzer is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 61st District. Mentzer has been a union member for more than two decades and has served as a Mount Clemens city commissioner.

  • Michael Brooks is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 62nd District. Brooks is an optician looking to bring his years of customer service experience to Lansing, working to make a positive change in the lives of young people, families, and seniors. He is a former Civil Air Patrol volunteer and has worked with Green Michigan and Lions Clubs to offer education, outreach, and free prescription glasses and hearing aids to children and adults.

    Brooks’ priorities include protecting access to abortion as a part of reproductive health care and fully funding Michigan’s public schools, including expanded mental health services and support staff. He will fight for universal preschool and paid family leave, and hold health insurance companies accountable.

    Brooks is endorsed by two of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the American Federation of Teachers Michigan.

    Brooks is running against Republican Alicia St. Germaine. St. Germaine holds irresponsible views on guns.

    Michael Brooks is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://brooksforstatehouse.com

    Michael Brooks

    Michael Brooks is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 62nd District. Brooks is an optician looking to bring his years of customer service experience to Lansing, working to make a positive change in the lives of young people, families, and seniors.

    Michael Brooks

    Michael Brooks is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 62nd District. Brooks is an optician looking to bring his years of customer service experience to Lansing, working to make a positive change in the lives of young people, families, and seniors.

  • Kelly Noland is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 63rd District. Noland served in the US Army, working as a labor and delivery nurse.

    Noland’s priorities include fighting to improve quality of life in Michigan by improving infrastructure, including increasing road funding, expanding access to broadband internet, and ensuring all Michiganders have access to safe drinking water. She will work to protect independent family farmers, invest in public education—including ensuring special education services are available—and advocate for veterans. Noland supports passing common sense gun violence prevention measures, expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and will work to fight the opioid epidemic.

    Noland is endorsed by three of our partners: Michigan AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and Michigan Education Association.

    Noland is running against Jay DeBoyer. DeBoyer is a MAGA Republican who is anti-reproductive freedom and supports conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 election. He is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Kelly Noland is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Kelly Noland

    Kelly Noland is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 63rd District. Noland served in the US Army, working as a labor and delivery nurse.

    Kelly Noland

    Kelly Noland is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 63rd District. Noland served in the US Army, working as a labor and delivery nurse.

  • Mark Lingeman is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 65th District. Lingeman grew up in St. Clair Shores and currently lives in Metamora. Before retiring, he worked four decades in the trucking industry. Lingeman supports reproductive freedom, common sense gun violence prevention measures, LGBTQ equality, and teaching accurate history in our schools.

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

    Lingeman is running against Republican Jaime Greene. Greene holds far-right views, is anti-reproductive freedom, and against passing gun violence prevention legislation. He is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network and Great Lakes Education Project organizations.

    Mark Lingeman is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://electmarklingeman.com

    Mark Lingeman

    Mark Lingeman is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 65th District. Lingeman grew up in St. Clair Shores and currently lives in Metamora. Before retiring, he worked four decades in the trucking industry.

    Mark Lingeman

    Mark Lingeman is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 65th District. Lingeman grew up in St. Clair Shores and currently lives in Metamora. Before retiring, he worked four decades in the trucking industry.

  • Emily Busch is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 66th District. Busch has spent three decades enjoying a successful career in sales and management. She is also the mother to an Oxford High School freshman and, in the wake of the tragic school shooting, saw the need for a leader who could bring the community together.

    Busch’s priorities include working to address Michigan’s teacher shortage and ensure public schools get the resources they need. With her own experience dealing with mental health issues for herself and her loved ones, Busch will fight to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensure everyone has access to mental health care. Busch will also work to protect our environment and make Michigan a leader in renewable energy, fight to protect abortion access, and push for workers’ rights including paid family leave and paid sick days.

    Busch is endorsed by two of our partners: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and American Federation of Teachers Michigan..

    Busch is running against Republican Josh Schriver. Schriver is a MAGA Republican with right-wing views who has pushed misinformation based in conspiracy theories and is anti-reproductive freedom. He is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan and the DeVos-backed Michigan Freedom Network.

    Emily C. Busch is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Emily C. Busch

    Emily Busch is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 66th District. Busch has spent three decades enjoying a successful career in sales and management.

    Emily C. Busch

    Emily Busch is a Democrat running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 66th District. Busch has spent three decades enjoying a successful career in sales and management.

  • 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.

No Good Choices

Mark Hackel is running for re-election as Macomb County Executive, he has served on the commission since 2011. Before that, he served as Macomb County Sheriff. We find Hackel’s record to be a mixed bag as far as his position on progressive issues. While we’re glad he’s worked to hold Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido accountable for problematic behavior in office, we cannot recommend Hackel. There is no progressive choice in this race.

Mark A. Hackel - County Executive - No Good Choices

Mark Hackel is running for re-election as Macomb County Executive, he has served on the commission since 2011. Before that, he served as Macomb County Sheriff. We find Hackel’s record to be a mixed bag as far as his position on progressive issues.

County Commission

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

  • Michael LaBuhn is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

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

    Based on this information, we recommend voting for LaBuhn.

    Michael E. LaBuhn

    Michael LaBuhn is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

    Michael E. LaBuhn

    Michael LaBuhn is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

  • Michelle Merriwether is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. We could find little information about the candidate and their platform.

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

    Based on this information, we recommend voting for Merriwether.

    Michelle Merriwether

    Michelle Merriwether is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. We could find little information about the candidate and their platform.

    Michelle Merriwether

    Michelle Merriwether is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. We could find little information about the candidate and their platform.

  • Democrat

    Ken Reid

  • Ken Reid is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. Reid is an attorney and labor leader. He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

    Reid is running against Republican Sylvia Grot.

    Ken Reid is the best choice in this race.

    Ken Reid

    Ken Reid is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. Reid is an attorney and labor leader. He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

    Reid is running against Republican Sylvia Grot.

    Ken Reid is the best choice in this race.

    Ken Reid

    Ken Reid is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. Reid is an attorney and labor leader. He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

    Reid is running against Republican Sylvia Grot.

    Ken Reid is the best choice in this race.

  • Gary Cynowa is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. He is a former teacher and labor leader with the Michigan Education Association. Cynowa is active in his community and is endorsed by Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

    Cynowa is running against Republican Joe Sabatini, who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Gary Cynowa is the best choice in this race.

    Gary E. Cynowa

    Gary Cynowa is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. He is a former teacher and labor leader with the Michigan Education Association. Cynowa is active in his community and is endorsed by Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

    Gary E. Cynowa

    Gary Cynowa is a Democrat running for his first term on the Macomb County Commission. He is a former teacher and labor leader with the Michigan Education Association. Cynowa is active in his community and is endorsed by Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

  • Robert Mijac is a Democrat running for his 13th term on the Macomb County Commission. He is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, the Michigan Education Association, and other labor organizations.

    Mijac is running against Republican Donald VanSyckel.

    Robert Mijac is the best choice in this race.

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

    Robert Mijac

    Robert Mijac is a Democrat running for his 13th term on the Macomb County Commission. He is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, the Michigan Education Association, and other labor organizations.

    Mijac is running against Republican Donald VanSyckel.

    Robert Mijac

    Robert Mijac is a Democrat running for his 13th term on the Macomb County Commission. He is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, the Michigan Education Association, and other labor organizations.

    Mijac is running against Republican Donald VanSyckel.

  • Carole Chi is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. She is a retired teacher and endorsed by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. She is also endorsed by UAW Region 1 and MEA-NEA Local 1, PAC.

    Chi is running against Republican Joseph Romano.

    Carole Chi is the best choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleChi4MCC

    Carole Chi

    Carole Chi is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. She is a retired teacher and endorsed by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. She is also endorsed by UAW Region 1 and MEA-NEA Local 1, PAC.

    Chi is running against Republican Joseph Romano.

    Carole Chi

    Carole Chi is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. She is a retired teacher and endorsed by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. She is also endorsed by UAW Region 1 and MEA-NEA Local 1, PAC.

    Chi is running against Republican Joseph Romano.

No Good Choices

James Perna is a Republican running for his first term to the Macomb County Commission and is running unopposed. There is no progressive choice in this race.
  • Antoinette Wallace is running for her second term on the Macomb County Commission. She is a property manager and has also worked as an advertising executive. Community services, supporting seniors, and fighting poverty are among her priorities. Wallace also plans to build stronger partnerships between the county and small businesses, including minority and women owned businesses. She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and local labor organizations.

    Wallace is running against Republican Lisa Valerio-Nowc, who advocated against COVID-19 precautions.

    Wallace is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Antoinette Wallace

    Antoinette Wallace is running for her second term on the Macomb County Commission. She is a property manager and has also worked as an advertising executive.

    Antoinette Wallace

    Antoinette Wallace is running for her second term on the Macomb County Commission. She is a property manager and has also worked as an advertising executive.
  • Dana Camphous-Peterson is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about the candidate and her platform.

    We cannot speak to the progressive bonafides of Camphous-Peterson due to a lack of publicly available information. However, Camphous-Peterson is running against Barbara Zinner, who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Based on this information, we recommend voting for Camphous-Peterson.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/DanaForMacomb9thDistrict

    Dana Camphous-Peterson

    Dana Camphous-Peterson is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about the candidate and her platform.

    Dana Camphous-Peterson

    Dana Camphous-Peterson is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. We couldn’t find much information about the candidate and her platform.

  • Harold Haugh is a Democrat running for his third term on the Macomb County Commission. Haugh has also served as a state representative and as mayor of Roseville. He was a longtime employee at General Motors.

    He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

    Haugh is running against Republican Adam Shane Pelt.

    Harold Haugh is the best choice in this race.

    Harold L. Haugh

    Harold Haugh is a Democrat running for his third term on the Macomb County Commission. Haugh has also served as a state representative and as mayor of Roseville. He was a longtime employee at General Motors.

    He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

    Harold L. Haugh

    Harold Haugh is a Democrat running for his third term on the Macomb County Commission. Haugh has also served as a state representative and as mayor of Roseville. He was a longtime employee at General Motors.

    He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

  • Mai Xiong is a Democrat running for her second term on the Macomb County Commission. Mai and her family came to America as Hmong refugees when she was three years old. She now owns a clothing store.

    She is endorsed by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. Xiong is also an approved/endorsed candidate for Fems for Dems, Oakland/Macomb National Organization of Women, and Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

    Xiong is running against Republican Clifford Frost, who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life Michigan.

    Mai Xiong is the more progressive choice in this race.

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

    Mai Xiong

    Mai Xiong is a Democrat running for her second term on the Macomb County Commission. Mai and her family came to America as Hmong refugees when she was three years old. She now owns a clothing store.

    Mai Xiong

    Mai Xiong is a Democrat running for her second term on the Macomb County Commission. Mai and her family came to America as Hmong refugees when she was three years old. She now owns a clothing store.

No Good Choices

Michelle Nard is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commissioner. Nard is running against Republican Bill Clift. Nard attended a recent Trump rally and is supporting Republican candidate for governor Tudor Dixon. There is no progressive choice in this race.

Michelle Nard

Michelle Nard is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commissioner. Nard is running against Republican Bill Clift. Nard attended a recent Trump rally and is supporting Republican candidate for governor Tudor Dixon. There is no progressive choice in this race.

  • Sarah Ann Lucido is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. She has served on Eastpointe City Council for seven years and now serves as the city’s mayor pro tem. Her priorities include adequate and equitable funding for budget priorities, expanding mental health services, and improving drainage infrastructure to deal with major flooding events.

    Lucido is running against Republican Randell J. Shafer.

    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 Lucido over Shafer based on the information we were able to find.

    Learn more: https://sarahlucidoforcountycommissioner.weebly.com/

    Sarah Ann Lucido

    Sarah Ann Lucido is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. She has served on Eastpointe City Council for seven years and now serves as the city’s mayor pro tem.

    Sarah Ann Lucido

    Sarah Ann Lucido is a Democrat running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. She has served on Eastpointe City Council for seven years and now serves as the city’s mayor pro tem.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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