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  • Democrat
    Antoinette Wallace
  • Antoinette Wallace is running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. She is a property manager and has also worked as an advertising executive. Community services, children’s services, and small businesses are among her priorities. 

    She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. Wallace is running against Republican Grant Anderson. Based on his endorsement from the anti-choice organization Right to Life, we do not recommend voting for Anderson.

    Wallace is the most progressive choice.

     

    Antoinette Wallace

    Antoinette Wallace is running for her first term on the Macomb County Commission. She is a property manager and has also worked as an advertising executive. Community services, children’s services, and small businesses are among her priorities. 

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Federal

President

  • Democrat
  • Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden has a long career in public service, most notably serving as Vice President alongside President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that , Biden served six consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. Biden is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction, which only three others have received. In 1972, two weeks after his election to his first term in the Senate, his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. In 2013, Biden also lost his eldest son to brain cancer.

    Joe Biden speaks frequently about tragedy and loss as a way to communicate that he understands the hardships everyday Americans face, particularly when it comes to dealing with the healthcare system. One of his signature accomplishments was getting the Affordable Care Act passed, which helped expand health insurance for millions of Americans and guaranteed no one could be discriminated against for having a preexisting condition. Biden believes in building on the success of the Affordable Care Act - and has advocated for adding a public option, with the goal of universal coverage for all Americans, regardless of income.

    Biden also came into office as Vice President during the depths of the Great Recession. He played a key role in planning the recovery effort, which pulled the American economy back from the brink and led to more than a decade of job growth. Biden’s decades of experience on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also informed his more recent accomplishments on the world stage, including helping the U.S. join the Paris Climate Agreement, securing the Iran Nuclear Deal, and building international alliances.

    Biden has received his fair share of criticism. He sponsored the 1994 crime bill, which is blamed for accelerating mass incarceration rates of Black and Brown Americans. Biden also supported the Hyde Amendment, a provision barring the use of federal funds for abortion. In both cases, Biden’s views evolved. In the past few years, he’s repudiated the crime bill and supported legislation to end the death penalty and reverse mass incarceration. Biden has also pledged to eliminate the Hyde amendment as part of his larger platform of expanding health care to all Americans.

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s platform was already progressive. When it was clear he was going to win the primary, Biden pulled together top progressive leaders from across the political spectrum, from Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to John Kerry and Eric Holder. These committees were tasked with building a platform to address the greatest challenges of our time, including health care, criminal justice reform, and climate change.

    Biden believes economic recovery cannot occur until the pandemic is under control, which he believes requires federal support for testing, distributing protective equipment, and providing federal aid to states and the unemployed. To kickstart the economy, Biden proposes mobilizing manufacturing, infrastructure spending, clean energy projects, funding and training for caregivers and educators, and fighting systemic racism through targeted investment.

    At George Floyd’s funeral, Biden called on Congress to pass the House’s wide-ranging police reform bill, written in the wake of the ongoing, historic marches demanding racial justice all around the country. Joe Biden is also committed to passing the bill named in honor of John Lewis to enshrine the sacred right to vote. Finally, Biden supports the end of the Senate filibuster in order to pass progressive legislation and end decades of Republican obstruction to pass laws that enjoy broad support among Americans, including universal background checks for firearms.

    Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate and Vice Presidential candidate. Harris is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. Her background is in law. She served as the San Francisco District Attorney from 2004 to 2011 and Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2016. She has represented the state of California in the U.S. Senate since 2017. Harris is well known for confronting Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings over Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s serious allegations of sexual assault against him. Harris’s views are progressive; especially on health care. She has co-sponsored bills that would expand Medicare to cover all Americans.

    Joe Biden is running against Republican incumbent Donald J. Trump. Trump has tried repeatedly to take away the rights of immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, women, and tribes. He’s separated families at the border and put children in cages. He’s denied the reality of the climate crisis and repeatedly ignored the science that links it to the record setting fires, storms and floods devastating peoples’ lives. . Trump cheered GOP legislation like the 2017 tax bill, which burdened families and rewarded the rich and supported GOP efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act and the protections it provides for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

    Trump’s presidency has been characterized by unprecedented levels of corruption with a record number of staff, cabinet members and campaign staff indicted and convicted. His failure to lead during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left hundreds of thousands of Americans dead and the economy in shambles. Trump even admitted on tape that he knew about the severity of the virus as early as February and deliberately withheld that information from the public. Trump is only the third president ever to be impeached by Congress. There are active criminal investigations against his businesses and his family. Openly, Trump seeks to undermine the bedrock principles of democracy by obstructing justice, attacking peaceful protesters, and using the powers of his office to prevent Americans from voting.

    Joe Biden is the most progressive choice in the race for president.

    Joe Biden

    Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden has a long career in public service, most notably serving as Vice President alongside President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2016.

Vice President

  • Kamala Harris is the Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States. She was born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents. Her mother was a cancer researcher from India and her father is an economist from Jamaica. Senator Harris is the first Black woman and South Asian American of any gender to be nominated for Vice President of the United States by a major party.

    Harris went to public schools, attended Howard University, and returned to San Francisco for law school. She began her law career in 1990 working in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office specializing in advocating for child victims of sexual assault. She then moved to the Deputy District Attorney’s office prosecuting criminal cases.

    In 2003, she was the first woman to be elected District Attorney in San Francisco’s history. Harris fought against racial profiling as a driver of mass incarceration. She championed re-entry programs for youth offenders. As Attorney General, Harris also championed the Open Justice program, which provided public access to crime statistics, including use of force incidents by the police. She also expressed interest in redirecting police funds to social programs. Overall, prison incarceration rates in California dropped significantly during her six years as Attorney General.

    In 2016, Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate. She captured national attention right away for her questioning of U.S. Attorney General candidate Jeff Sessions on issues related to foreign interference in the 2016 election. In 2018, Harris again captivated the nation in her questioning of Brett Kavanaugh, who was under scrutiny for sexual assault and political corruption. Her voting record in the Senate is progressive. She repeatedly co-sponsored bills to protect human rights. She also voted against the confirmation of the majority of the Trump Administration’s extreme rightwing candidates for office, including Betsy DeVos. Harris spoke out passionately against Republican efforts to block evidence from being considered in President Trump’s trial and ultimately voted to impeach him. She also vocally opposed the 2017 GOP Tax Bill, a massive tax giveaway to the richest one percent of Americans.

    Kamala Harris’s opponent is Vice President Mike Pence. After finishing law school, Pence jumped into politics with two unsuccessful runs for Congress. His loss in 1990 is partially attributed to his embezzlement of campaign funds, which was not illegal at the time. He then built his career as a rightwing radio and television personality in Indiana. A decade later, he finally won an election for Congress and built a record as an enemy of reproductive rights, sensible firearm regulations, social programs for impoverished Americans, and protections for LGBTQ+ citizens. He was elected governor of Indiana in 2013. He refused federal funding for pre-Kindergarten programs, which earned him significant criticism. Pence then used his office to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ+ citizens. His bigotry and lack of leadership were so severe that Pence allowed one of the worst HIV outbreaks in the country to happen in Indiana under his watch.

    In 2016, Presidential candidate Donald Trump chose Pence as his running mate. Trump chose Pence on the recommendation of Paul Manafort, who now serves jail time for lying to the FBI about his relationship between Russian military intelligence and the Trump campaign. Even though Pence serves as President of the Senate, he’s been completely absent in desperately needed negotiations over a second round of economic relief during the pandemic. He has supported Republicans in their near unanimous vote against full extended unemployment insurance, stimulus checks, support for health care systems, protective gear and testing for frontline workers, mail-in election funding, funding for state budget shortages to prevent layoffs, and new small business loans.

    Kamala Harris is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Kamala Harris

    Kamala Harris is the Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States. She was born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents. Her mother was a cancer researcher from India and her father is an economist from Jamaica.

U.S. Senator

  • Democrat
  • Senator Gary Peters was first elected to the United States Senate in 2015 and was the only non-incumbent Democrat to win a Senate election in 2014. Before he was elected to the U.S. Senate, he was a financial advisor and part of the Navy Reserves. He also served in the Michigan State Senate from 1995-2002, the Michigan Lottery Commission from 2003-2007, and the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009-2015.

    While Peters has been in office, the biggest issues he’s fought for include veterans’ health and safety, lowering prescription drug costs, protecting the Great Lakes, fighting for small businesses, keeping the government transparent with the people, and fighting against the 1% by supporting movements like Occupy Wall Street. He’s also well known for working across the aisle effectively.

    Peters has also been a champion for reproductive health throughout his political career. He fought for the Affordable Care Act, expanding healthcare including no co-pays for contraceptives, and has defended it ever since. He also opposed the 2013 “Rape Insurance” bill that passed in Michigan, and is a strong ally for reproductive rights.

    Most recently he filed an investigation into efforts to cripple the United States Postal Service and expressed concerns about delayed absentee ballots and other important packages like medications, bill payments, and Social Security checks.

    Peters, a veteran and an expert in national security, serves as the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Gary Peters is a man of dignity who takes human rights very seriously. In his time in office as a Congressman and a Senator he’s voted for the Recovery Act, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the DREAM Act, all of which have passed and have made life in the United States better for everyone.

    Sen. Peters has been endorsed by six of our partner organizations fighting for a Michigan where everyone thrives. This includes Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Clean Water Action, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Between the Lines, and BlackPAC.

    Sen. Peters is facing a challenge from John James, who in a previous campaign had a swastika in his political ad and said he supported the “Trump agenda 2000 percent.”

    We highly recommend re-electing Sen. Gary Peters, who is the most progressive choice in this race.


    Learn more here: https://petersformichigan.com/

    Gary Peters

    Senator Gary Peters was first elected to the United States Senate in 2015 and was the only non-incumbent Democrat to win a Senate election in 2014. Before he was elected to the U.S. Senate, he was a financial advisor and part of the Navy Reserves.

Congress

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

9th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Democrat
  • Congressman Andy Levin is running for his second term in Congress, having first been elected in 2018. Levin has already been named Vice Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor - a significant accomplishment for a first-term member of Congress.

    Before being elected to Congress, Levin undertook several initiatives that have helped companies improve their sustainability. Before that, he helped create Michigan’s No Worker Left Behind program, which helped over 160,000 unemployed Michiganders return to school. For more than a decade, he worked as Deputy Director of Organizing for the AFL-CIO. He also performed legal work on behalf of asylum seekers and investigated human rights issues around the world.

    Economic justice, the environment, health care, and human rights continue to be priorities for Levin, just as they have been throughout his career.

    Levin is endorsed by seven of our partner organizations, including the AFL-CIO, Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and Between the Lines.

    Levin is facing first time candidate Charles Langworthy.

    Levin is the most progressive candidate in the race.

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

    Andy Levin

    Congressman Andy Levin is running for his second term in Congress, having first been elected in 2018. Levin has already been named Vice Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor - a significant accomplishment for a first-term member of Congress.

10th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Kimberly Bizon is a political activist who works at a creative marketing agency.

    Health care, human rights, infrastructure, safety, and political reform are among her priorities.

    Bizon is endorsed by three of our partner organizations, including the AFL-CIO, Michigan Education Association, and American Federation of Teachers.

    Bizon is facing Lisa McClain, who has campaigned with members of the Trump family.

    Bizon is the most progressive candidate in this race.

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

    Kimberly Bizon

    Kimberly Bizon is a political activist who works at a creative marketing agency.

    Health care, human rights, infrastructure, safety, and political reform are among her priorities.

State House

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

Representative, 18th District

State Representative

  • Kevin Hertel is an incumbent running for re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in the 18th District. Hertel has a degree in political science from Michigan State University and while in college, co-created a coalition from Michigan’s 15 public universities to advocate for lower cost higher education. Later he became an intern for State Senator Deb Cherry, and after settling in St. Clair Shores he became a member of the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee and enjoys volunteering 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 eight of our partner organizations including Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Michigan AFL-CIO, Clean Water Action, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and Between the Lines.

    Hertel is running against Michael Babat. While we didn't see endorsements for Babat from organizations that concern us, they also don't have the support of any of our partner organizations and therefore we cannot recommend them.

    Hertel is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://hertelforhouse.com/

    Kevin Hertel

    Kevin Hertel is an incumbent running for re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in the 18th District.

Representative, 22nd District

State Representative

  • Richard Steenland is running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the first time in the 22nd District. He has served on the Roseville City Council since 1993. In 2005, he was elected Mayor Pro-Tem and in 2007 became the City Clerk of Roseville, where his family has resided since the 1920s.

    Steeland’s top priorities if elected include fighting for affordable healthcare, repairing the roads and other infrastructure, lowering auto insurance rates, and investing in public schools and universities. He also believes in repealing the pension tax on seniors, repealing right-to-work laws, improving mental health and substance abuse programs, and protecting the Great Lakes.

    Steenland has been endorsed by six of our partner organizations including Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and Between the Lines.

    Steenland is running against Steven Warner. While we didn't see endorsements for Warner from organizations that concern us, they also don't have the support of any of our partner organizations and therefore we cannot recommend them.

    Steenland is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Richard M. Steenland

    Richard Steenland is running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the first time in the 22nd District. He has served on the Roseville City Council since 1993. In 2005, he was elected Mayor Pro-Tem and in 2007 became the City Clerk of Roseville, where his family has resided since the 1920s.

Representative, 24th District

State Representative

  • Michelle Woodman is running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the first time in the 24th District. Woodman is currently a teacher at Chippewa Valley Schools and has served as the vice president of her church’s parish council since she was 16 years old. She is also active in her teachers union.

    Woodman’s priorities include government transparency, funding an equitable school system, and working to clean up and protect the environment—including the water in Lake St. Clair, which is causing erosion and damage to the Clinton Township waste site, and updating the infrastructure to end sewage overflows into Lake St. Clair.

    Woodman is endorsed by three of our partner organizations that include the Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

    Woodman is running against incumbent Steve Marino. We do not recommend voting for Marino because of his conservative voting record. He is endorsed by the DeVos-connected Great Lakes Education Project.

    Woodman is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Michelle Woodman

    Michelle Woodman is running for the Michigan House of Representatives for the first time in the 24th District. Woodman is currently a teacher at Chippewa Valley Schools and has served as the vice president of her church’s parish council since she was 16 years old.

Representative, 25th District

State Representative

  • Nate Shannon is an incumbent running for re-election for his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 25th District. 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 co-sponsorship on bills include fighting to make healthcare accessible to Michiganders, creating infrastructure that’s useful to fix the roads and get rural Michiganders broadband internet, requiring corporations to pay up when they pollute our water or our air, investing in job training and community college affordability, and encouraging employers to keep jobs in the state.

    Shannon is endorsed by seven of our partner organizations including Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and Between the Lines.

    Shannon is running against Paul Smith.  While we didn't see endorsements for Smith from organizations that concern us, he also doesn't have the support of any of our partner organizations. He’s also voiced conservative anti-tax talking points in the press, therefore we cannot recommend them.

    Shannon is the most progressive choice in this race. 

     

    Nate Shannon

    Nate Shannon is an incumbent running for re-election for his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 25th District.

Representative, 28th District

State Representative

  • Lori Stone is an incumbent running for her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 28th District. She currently serves on the Education Committee, Health Policy Committee, and the Financial Services Committee. Before becoming a representative, Stone was a teacher for 14 years and is still an MEA union member and union representative.

    Stone’s priorities include providing adequate funding for Michigan’s public schools and promoting affordable college and vocational career paths. Stone also wants to keep our water and air clean, invest in repairing and maintaining our roads, water treatment systems and bridges, and drive our economy forward by repealing right-to-work legislation and fighting for the working class.

    Stone is endorsed by seven of our partner organizations including Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and Between the Lines.

    Stone is running against Stephen Colegio. While we didn't see endorsements for Colegio from organizations that concern us, they also don't have the support of any of our partner organizations and therefore we cannot recommend them.

    Stone is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Lori M. Stone

    Lori Stone is an incumbent running for her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 28th District. She currently serves on the Education Committee, Health Policy Committee, and the Financial Services Committee.

Representative, 30th District

State Representative

  • Michael Chehab is running for office in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 30th House District. Chehab is an attorney with a small law firm he opened in 2015. He volunteers his time to represent defendants who may not be able to afford their own council and at one time worked part-time as a social worker to help refugees escaping persecution to make a better life for themselves.

    Chehab’s priorities, if elected, include growing and maintaining a strong-middle class with access to good paying jobs, supporting a strong public school system, repairing and maintaining Michigan’s infrastructure, and increasing resources to help our veterans succeed when they return from deployment.

    Chehab is endorsed by four of our partner organizations including the Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Sierra Club, and Between the Lines.

    Chehab is running against Diana Farrington, an incumbent. We do not recommend her because of her conservative voting record. She is endorsed by the DeVos-connected Great Lakes Education Project.

    Chehab is the most progressive choice in this race.

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

    Michael Chehab

    Michael Chehab is running for office in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 30th House District. Chehab is an attorney with a small law firm he opened in 2015.

Representative, 31st District

State Representative

  • William “Bill” Sowerby is an incumbent running for his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 31st District. Sowerby was first elected as Macomb County Commissioner in 1989 and later in 1996 was elected to be Clinton Township Treasurer for six terms. In 2016 he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. Sowerby is the Minority Vice Chair of the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee, is on the Commerce and Tourism Committee, Education Committee and the Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee. He also has a 100% attendance and voting record since being elected to the House.

    Sowerby’s priorities as representative include an increase to education funding and support skills training to Michigan workers, government transparency, lobbying reform and better financial disclosure from elected officials, women’s rights in the form of pay equity for women and an increase in healthcare coverage for new mothers on Medicaid, and keeping our environment clean and sustainable.

    Sowerby is endorsed by eight of our partner organizations including Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Michigan AFL-CIO, Clean Water Action, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and Between the Lines.

    Sowerby is running against Lisa Valerio-Nowc. While we didn't see endorsements for Valerio-Nowc from organizations that concern us, they also don't have the support of any of our partner organizations and therefore we cannot recommend them.

    Sowerby is the most progressive choice for this race.

    Learn more: https://billsowerby.com/

    William J. Sowerby

    William “Bill” Sowerby is an incumbent running for his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 31st District. Sowerby was first elected as Macomb County Commissioner in 1989 and later in 1996 was elected to be Clinton Township Treasurer for six terms.

Representative, 32nd District

State Representative

  • Justin Boucher is running for his first term to the Michigan House of Representatives in the 32nd District. Boucher is a recent graduate from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. After graduating from OU, Boucher works as a substitute teacher.

    Boucher’s platform prioritizes healthcare as a human right including treatment for opioid use disorder and abortion, repealing right to work laws and fighting for a $15 minimum wage, and keeping public schools well funded and out of the clutches of Betsy DeVos and the DeVos family.

    Boucher is endorsed by five of our partner organizations, including the American Federation of Teachers, Michigan AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and Between the Lines.

    Boucher is running against Pamela Hornberger, an incumbent. We do not recommend voting for Hornberger because of her conservative voting record. She is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life and by the DeVos-connected Great Lakes Education Project.

    Boucher is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: http://justinformihouse32.org/about-justin

    Justin Boucher

    Justin Boucher is running for his first term to the Michigan House of Representatives in the 32nd District. Boucher is a recent graduate from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. After graduating from OU, Boucher works as a substitute teacher.

Representative, 33rd District

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Olu Jabari is running for the Michigan House of Representatives in the 33rd District. Jabari has a Bachelor's of Science in Human Services from the University of Detroit and was a Police Reserve Inspector for the Detroit Police Department from 1999-2008. From 2004-2009, Jabari worked at Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and in 2009 took a job with the State of Michigan as a Program Eligibility Specialist.

    Jabari is endorsed by three of our partner organizations, including the American Federation of Teachers, Michigan AFL-CIO, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

    Jabari is running against Jeff Yaroch, an incumbent. We do not recommend voting for Yaroch because of his conservative voting record. He is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life.

    Jabari is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/Olu-Jabari-101428754776290

    Olu Jabari

    Olu Jabari is running for the Michigan House of Representatives in the 33rd District. Jabari has a Bachelor's of Science in Human Services from the University of Detroit and was a Police Reserve Inspector for the Detroit Police Department from 1999-2008.

Representative, 36th District

State Representative

No Good Choices

In this race there are no good choices for a progressive candidate. We recommend writing a person you believe is qualified and would make a good elected official.


Statewide

Michigan State Board of Trustees

  • The Michigan State Board of Trustees is the governing body of Michigan State University and there are two seats on the board up for election this year. We recommend incumbent Brian Mosallam and Rema Reynolds-Vassar as the progressive choices in this race. 

    First elected to the board in 2012, Brian Mosallam has stood up for employees and students of MSU, and fought for justice and dignity for the survivors of sexual assault.

    As a former K-12 public school teacher, counselor, administrator, and parent organizer with over two decades of experience, Dr. Rema Reynolds-Vassar is a university educator with a dedication to equity, access, inclusion, and safety for every student, faculty, staff, and alum.

    The Republicans in the race are Pat O’Keefe and Tonya Schuitmaker. We do not recommend either candidate. O’Keefe’s has received the support of right-wing U.S. Senate candidate John James. Schuitmaker is a former legislator who racked up a very conservative voting record in Lansing and is endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan. 

    Mosallam and Dr. Reynolds-Vassar are the progressive choices in this race.

     

    Brian Mosallam

    The Michigan State Board of Trustees is the governing body of Michigan State University and there are two seats on the board up for election this year.

  • The Michigan State Board of Trustees is the governing body of Michigan State University and there are two seats on the board up for election this year. We recommend incumbent Brian Mosallam and Rema Reynolds-Vassar as the progressive choices in this race. 

    First elected to the board in 2012, Brian Mosallam has stood up for employees and students of MSU, and fought for justice and dignity for the survivors of sexual assault.

    As a former K-12 public school teacher, counselor, administrator, and parent organizer with over two decades of experience, Dr. Rema Reynolds-Vassar is a university educator with a dedication to equity, access, inclusion, and safety for every student, faculty, staff, and alum.

    The Republicans in the race are Pat O’Keefe and Tonya Schuitmaker. We do not recommend either candidate. O’Keefe’s has received the support of right-wing U.S. Senate candidate John James. Schuitmaker is a former legislator who racked up a very conservative voting record in Lansing and is endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan. 

    Mosallam and Dr. Reynolds-Vassar are the progressive choices in this race.

     

    Dr. Rema Reynolds-Vassar

    The Michigan State Board of Trustees is the governing body of Michigan State University and there are two seats on the board up for election this year.

State Board of Education

  • The State Board of Education oversees education policy in the state of Michigan. There are two seats on the board up for grabs and we recommend Democrats Ellen Cogen Lipton and Jason Strayhorn in this race. 

    A fierce advocate for public education and government transparency, Ellen Cogen Lipton served six years in the Michigan House of Representatives, including a term as Democratic Vice Chair of the House Education Committee.

    A proud parent of three public school children and raised in a family of educators, Jason Strayhorn believes that our best investment as a state is in providing every child a high-quality and equitable education.

    Both Cogen Lipton and Jason Strayhorn are endorsed by Between the Lines, Michigan AFL-CIO, AFT Michigan and UAW. 

    The Republicans in the race are Toni Carlone and Michelle Frederick. We do not recommend either candidate because they have been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan. 

    Cogen Lipton and Strayhorn are the progressive choices in this race.

     

    Ellen Cogen Lipton

    The State Board of Education oversees education policy in the state of Michigan. There are two seats on the board up for grabs and we recommend Democrats Ellen Cogen Lipton and Jason Strayhorn in this race. 

  • The State Board of Education oversees education policy in the state of Michigan. There are two seats on the board up for grabs and we recommend Democrats Ellen Cogen Lipton and Jason Strayhorn in this race. 

    A fierce advocate for public education and government transparency, Ellen Cogen Lipton served six years in the Michigan House of Representatives, including a term as Democratic Vice Chair of the House Education Committee.

    A proud parent of three public school children and raised in a family of educators, Jason Strayhorn believes that our best investment as a state is in providing every child a high-quality and equitable education.

    Both Cogen Lipton and Jason Strayhorn are endorsed by Between the Lines, Michigan AFL-CIO, AFT Michigan and UAW. 

    The Republicans in the race are Toni Carlone and Michelle Frederick. We do not recommend either candidate because they have been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan. 

    Cogen Lipton and Strayhorn are the progressive choices in this race.

     

    Jason Strayhorn

    The State Board of Education oversees education policy in the state of Michigan. There are two seats on the board up for grabs and we recommend Democrats Ellen Cogen Lipton and Jason Strayhorn in this race. 

University of Michigan Board of Regents

  • The University of Michigan Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Michigan and there are two seats on the board up for election this year. We recommend incumbent Democrats Mark Bernstein and Shauna Ryder-Diggs as the progressive choices in this race. 

    Holding a BA, JD, and MBA from the University of Michigan, Mark Bernstein was first elected to the Board of Regents in 2012 and has fought for affordable higher education, and has advocated for graduate and lecturer faculty at the University of Michigan.

    As the first doctor elected to the University of Michigan Board of Regents in 2012, Shauna Ryder-Diggs earned her BS and MD from the University of Michigan and is an advocate for affordable tuition and financial responsibility, faculty advancement and support, and creating a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion. A former union member herself, Ryder-Diggs has been a strong advocate for UM employees and their unions.

    The Republicans in this race are Sarah Hubbard and Carl Meyers, both of whom are endorsed by the anti-choice Right to Life of Michigan. We do not recommend either of these candidates. 

    The progressive choices in this race are Mark Bernstein and Shauna Ryder-Diggs.

    Mark Bernstein

    The University of Michigan Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Michigan and there are two seats on the board up for election this year.

  • The University of Michigan Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Michigan and there are two seats on the board up for election this year. We recommend incumbent Democrats Mark Bernstein and Shauna Ryder-Diggs as the progressive choices in this race. 

    Holding a BA, JD, and MBA from the University of Michigan, Mark Bernstein was first elected to the Board of Regents in 2012 and has fought for affordable higher education, and has advocated for graduate and lecturer faculty at the University of Michigan.

    As the first doctor elected to the University of Michigan Board of Regents in 2012, Shauna Ryder-Diggs earned her BS and MD from the University of Michigan and is an advocate for affordable tuition and financial responsibility, faculty advancement and support, and creating a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion. A former union member herself, Ryder-Diggs has been a strong advocate for UM employees and their unions.

    The Republicans in this race are Sarah Hubbard and Carl Meyers, both of whom are endorsed by the anti-choice Right to Life of Michigan. We do not recommend either of these candidates. 

    The progressive choices in this race are Mark Bernstein and Shauna Ryder-Diggs.

    Shauna Ryder-Diggs

    The University of Michigan Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Michigan and there are two seats on the board up for election this year.

Wayne State Board of Governors

  • The Wayne State Board of Governors is the governing body of Wayne State University and there are two seats on the board up for election this year. We recommend Democrats Eva Garza-Dewaelsche and Shirley Stancato as the progressive choices in this race.

    With BA and Masters of Education degrees from Wayne State University, Eva Garza-Dewaelsche is running for WSU Governor to promote greater opportunities for students of color and non-traditional students, increase enrollment and graduation rates, and strengthen the voices of educators and workers in university decision making.

    Appointed to fill a vacancy on the Wayne State Board of Governors in 2019, Shirley Stancato is a social justice advocate and prominent Detroit civic and community leader. Stancato is an architect of civic engagement opportunities that bridge economic, geographical and racial divides and spent her career at the helm of New Detroit, uniting community organizations in the mission of identifying and eliminating racial disparities in metro Detroit.

    The Republicans in the race are Terri Lynn Land and Don Gates. We do not recommend either of these candidates. Terri Lynn Land is a failed U.S. Senate candidate and former Michigan Secretary of State who was tapped by the GOP late in the game after their incumbent candidate was barred from the race because of campaign finance issues. Gates is endorsed by the anti-choice Right to Life of Michigan. 

    Garza-Dewaelsche and Stancato are the progressive choices in this race.

    Eva Garza-Dewaelsche

    The Wayne State Board of Governors is the governing body of Wayne State University and there are two seats on the board up for election this year.

  • The Wayne State Board of Governors is the governing body of Wayne State University and there are two seats on the board up for election this year. We recommend Democrats Eva Garza-Dewaelsche and Shirley Stancato as the progressive choices in this race.

    With BA and Masters of Education degrees from Wayne State University, Eva Garza-Dewaelsche is running for WSU Governor to promote greater opportunities for students of color and non-traditional students, increase enrollment and graduation rates, and strengthen the voices of educators and workers in university decision making.

    Appointed to fill a vacancy on the Wayne State Board of Governors in 2019, Shirley Stancato is a social justice advocate and prominent Detroit civic and community leader. Stancato is an architect of civic engagement opportunities that bridge economic, geographical and racial divides and spent her career at the helm of New Detroit, uniting community organizations in the mission of identifying and eliminating racial disparities in metro Detroit.

    The Republicans in the race are Terri Lynn Land and Don Gates. We do not recommend either of these candidates. Terri Lynn Land is a failed U.S. Senate candidate and former Michigan Secretary of State who was tapped by the GOP late in the game after their incumbent candidate was barred from the race because of campaign finance issues. Gates is endorsed by the anti-choice Right to Life of Michigan. 

    Garza-Dewaelsche and Stancato are the progressive choices in this race.

    Shirley Stancato

    The Wayne State Board of Governors is the governing body of Wayne State University and there are two seats on the board up for election this year.

Supreme Court

State Supreme Court

  • Elizabeth Welch has stood up for communities throughout her legal career and personal life. She was active in her school community and served as a board member of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She helped push back against big pharma and get funding for communities hit hard by the opioid crisis and has a strong record of supporting workplace safety standards. Welch is endorsed by AFT Michigan, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and a host of other labor and progressive organizations.

    Elizabeth Welch

    Elizabeth Welch has stood up for communities throughout her legal career and personal life. She was active in her school community and served as a board member of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

Other Candidates

Also in this race are Brock Swartzle and Mary Kelly, the Republican-nominated candidates running for the court against McCormack and Welch. We strongly recommend not voting for either of these candidates. 

Mary Kelly has faced questions of nepotism involving her job in the same court where her husband is chief judge and fired a longtime public employee in what was clearly a case of political retribution because he refused to back her candidacy for judge. 

Swartzle has a long history of being a GOP operative, a lawyer who defended foreclosure companies, and was appointed to the Court of Appeals by former Gov. Rick Snyder under very shady circumstances that was called an act of “political patronage,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

Macomb County

Macomb Prosecuting Attorney

  • Mary Chrzanowski is running for her first term as Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney. She has worked as a defense attorney and served 23 years as a judge. Her no-nonsense style has earned national acclaim.

    Because of the prosecuting attorney’s role in redistricting Macomb County Commission districts after each Census, electing Chrzanowski will be critical in preventing gerrymandering at the county level in 2021.

    Chrzanowski is running against Republican Peter Lucido. During his six years as a member of the Michigan Legislature, Lucido has established a very conservative voting record. Following multiple news reports that Lucido sexually harassed another Senate colleague, a news reporter, and a lobbyist while in the legislature, Lucido was removed from his position as chair of a Senate committee earlier this year. Based on this disturbing pattern of allegations by an elected official, Lucido is simply unfit to serve in one of the most powerful positions in Macomb County government. 

    Chrzanowksi is the most progressive candidate in this race.


     

    Mary A. Chrzanowski

    Mary Chrzanowski is running for her first term as Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney. She has worked as a defense attorney and served 23 years as a judge. Her no-nonsense style has earned national acclaim.

Macomb Sheriff

  • Anthony Wickersham is running for his fourth term as Macomb County Sheriff. Wickersham joined the Sheriff Department in 1986 and rose through the ranks until his appointment as Sheriff in 2011. He is a hostage/crisis negotiator and firearms instructor.

    He is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

    Wickersham is running against Republican Terence Mekoski. Based on his endorsement from the anti-choice organization Right to Life, we do not recommend voting for Mekoski.

    Wickersham is the most progressive choice.

     

    Anthony W. Wickersham

    Anthony Wickersham is running for his fourth term as Macomb County Sheriff. Wickersham joined the Sheriff Department in 1986 and rose through the ranks until his appointment as Sheriff in 2011. He is a hostage/crisis negotiator and firearms instructor.

Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds

  • Democrat
  • Fred Miller is running for his first full term as Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds. Miller was elected in a 2018 special election. He has also served as a state representative and county commissioner.

    Since taking office, Miller has worked hard to restore integrity to an office that had been plagued by scandal. He has also worked to modernize the office and make it more user-friendly, which has earned plaudits from the National Association of Counties.

    Because of the Clerk’s role in redistricting Macomb County Commission districts after each Census, re-electing Miller will be critical in preventing gerrymandering at the county level in 2021.

    He is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the Michigan Education Association.

    Miller is running against Republican Anthony Forlini. During his six years as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, Forlini established a very conservative voting record, including supporting controversial emergency manager and right-to-work legislation. Recently, Forlini was photographed at a QAnon rally, raising questions about his support for the group and the conspiracy theories they promote.

    Miller is by far the most progressive choice.

     

    Fred Miller

    Fred Miller is running for his first full term as Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds. Miller was elected in a 2018 special election. He has also served as a state representative and county commissioner.

Macomb Treasurer

  • Lorie Barnwell is running for her first term as Macomb County Treasurer. She currently serves as Warren City Treasurer. Transparency, foreclosure prevention, and sound investments are among her priorities if elected.

    Because of the Treasurer’s role in redistricting Macomb County Commission districts after each Census, electing Barnwell will be critical in preventing gerrymandering at the county level in 2021.

    Barnwell is endorsed by the Michigan Education Association.

    Barnwell is running against Republican Larry Rocca who is endorsed by the anti-choice organization Right to Life. We do not recommend voting for Rocca.

    Barnwell is the most progressive choice.

     

    Lorie Barnwell

    Lorie Barnwell is running for her first term as Macomb County Treasurer. She currently serves as Warren City Treasurer. Transparency, foreclosure prevention, and sound investments are among her priorities if elected.

Macomb Public Works Commission

  • Democrat
  • Toni Moceri is running for her first term as Macomb County Public Works Commissioner. Moceri served three terms on the Macomb County Commission, where she chaired the Health and Human services Committee. She has also served on a number of nonprofit boards.

    She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

    Moceri is running against Republican Candice Miller. As a member of Congress for 14 years, Miller established a very conservative voting record, including opposing the Affordable Care Act. Based on her right-wing views, we do not recommend voting for Miller.

    Moceri is the most progressive choice.

     

    Toni Moceri

    Toni Moceri is running for her first term as Macomb County Public Works Commissioner. Moceri served three terms on the Macomb County Commission, where she chaired the Health and Human services Committee. She has also served on a number of nonprofit boards.

Statewide Ballot Measures

Michigan Proposal 1, Use of State and Local Park Funds Amendment

  • No Position
    No Recommendation - Michigan Proposal 1
  • Proposal 1 changes how the royalties from oil and gas production in Michigan would finance different state park projects. The proposal gives more flexibility for how state park project money can be used and raises the amount of money that can go into the state’s budget for parks and recreation. 

    Under this proposal, the current $500 million cap on Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund would be lifted when the State Parks Endowment Fund reaches its own $800 million dollar cap. Once the balance of the State Parks Fund reaches this upper limit, the oil and gas monies currently saved in the fund would revert back to the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which has been in place for nearly four decades. Under existing law, when the State Parks Endowment Fund reaches $800 million, Michigan's oil, mineral, and gas revenues will revert to the state's general fund.  

    Law currently states that no more than a quarter of the State Parks Endowment Fund can go to existing state parks. If passed, this amendment would make it so that at least a quarter of future expenditures can go towards existing parks for projects like renovations and redevelopments, with at least a fifth of the money towards capital improvements. These funds typically go towards constructing recreational items such as trails, bathroom facilities, playgrounds, and other park projects. 

    The proposal does not raise revenue or taxes in any way, but instead changes how future revenue would be allocated. 

    While many conservation organizations across the state are supportive of this proposal, it also has the support of business interests including DTE Energy, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. 

    Progress Michigan’s partner organizations are equally divided on this proposal. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters supports the proposal, while the Michigan Sierra Club is strongly against the proposal. Clean Water Action is neutral on Proposal 1.

    Given the split between our environmental partners, we cannot make a recommendation on this proposal. 

Michigan Proposal 2, Search Warrant for Electronic Data Amendment

  • VOTE YES
    Vote Yes on Proposal 2
  • This proposal requires law enforcement to have a search warrant before accessing a person’s electronic data or electronic communications. Electronic data under this proposal would be defined as private property and would be prohibited from unreasonable searches or seizures. Passing this measure would make it clear under the state constitution 

    Proposal 2 has a broad bipartisan consensus. While the proposal is spearheaded by Republican State Senator Jim Runestad, it also has the support from groups like the ACLU of Michigan. 

    We recommend voting yes on Proposal 2.