The following candidates have been endorsed by their respective Central Labor Councils for the November 5, 2019 municipal elections.
Lansing City Council:
Carol Wood (At-Large), Patricia Spitzley (At-Large), Adam Hussain(Ward 3), Jody Washington (Ward 1)
East Lansing City Council:
Mark Meadows, John Revitte
City of Jackson
Derek Dobies (Mayor), Laura Beth Stephens (Ward 4), Colleen Sullivan (Ward 6)
City of Kalamazoo:
David Anderson (Mayor), Jake Andrews (City Commission), Chris Praedel (City Commission)
Career Technical Education Millage – YES
City of Warren:
Lori Barnwell (Treasurer), Patrick Green (City Council At-Large), Melody Magee (City Council Ward 1)
Sterling Heights City Council At-Large:
Michael Radtke, Henry Yanez
Roseville City Council At-Large:
St. Clair Shores City Council At-Large:
Marquette City Commission At-Large
Evan Bonsall, Andrew Lorinser
Monroe City Council (Ward 4)
Southfield City Council At-Large:
Jason Hoskins, Ghana Goodwin-Dye
Royal Oak City Commission At-Large:
Belem Morales, Kyle Dubuc
Vicki Barnett (Mayor), Theresa Rich (City Council Write-In)
Brian Hartwell (Mayor), Emily Rohrbach (City Council At-Large)
Troy City Council At-Large:
Hazel Park City Council At-Large:
St. Joseph County
Career Technical Education Millage – YES
Saline City Council:
Public Schools of the City Of Ann Arbor Proposal 1 – Yes
Westland City Council At-Large:
Michael Londeau, Michael Delph, Andrea Rutkowski, Michael McDermott
Inkster City Council At-Large:
Aaron Simms, Sandra Watley
Wheeler Marsee Jr.
Trenton City Council At-Large:
LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO has endorsed the following candidates in races for the State Board of Education, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, University of Michigan Board of Regents and Wayne State University Board of Governors. The endorsements were voted on by the Michigan AFL-CIO’s Executive Council.
“One of the biggest concerns on the minds of working families across Michigan is making sure their kids have access to a good education. Folks want their children to be able to get good paying jobs, whether that’s through skilled trades training programs or a college degree,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “We’re endorsing these individuals because they know the importance of putting the needs of students over the greed of for-profit charter schools and protecting the wellbeing of all students on campus. We know these individuals will value the hard work and experience of teachers, create pathways to skilled trades training and make college more affordable. We need policy makers at every level who make the concerns of working families their top priority.”
Endorsed Candidates for Michigan State Board of Education:
Judy Pritchett and Tiffany Tilley
Endorsed Candidates for Michigan State University Board of Trustees:
Brianna Scott and Kelly Tebay
Endorsed Candidates for Wayne State Board of Governors:
Anil Kumar and Bryan Barnhill
Endorsed Candidates for University of Michigan Board of Regents:
Paul Brown and Jordan Acker
FLUSHING – The Michigan AFL-CIO formally endorsed Gretchen Whitmer for governor today at a press conference held at UA Local 370’s training center near Flint. The state labor federation represents 42 unions and over one million active and retired union members across Michigan.
“Working people in Michigan need a governor who will be in our corner,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “That’s why we’re endorsing Gretchen, because she’s a strong progressive leader who’s always had the backs of working families, and she’s the only candidate in this race with a real plan to fix the damn roads and create more good-paying jobs for Michigan. Our members are ready to roll up their sleeves, knock on doors, make phone calls, and get out the vote to help elect Gretchen as our next governor.”
As a progressive leader in the Michigan Legislature, Whitmer helped pass the Healthy Michigan law to expand Medicaid and cover 680,000 more Michiganders, including children, seniors, low-income and working-class families. Whitmer also led the fight against Governor Rick Snyder’s cuts to education and attacks on workers’ rights.
“Working people are the backbone of Michigan, and that’s why I’m so proud to have the support of so many hardworking union members in this race,” said Whitmer. “Michiganders have been working harder and harder, but working people aren’t getting any more money in their pockets. When I’m governor, we’re going to make smart investments to fix the roads, expand access to quality, affordable health care, and create jobs so that every hardworking Michigander gets a paycheck that can actually support a family.”
The Michigan AFL-CIO’s endorsement was approved by a unanimous vote of the executive council following an extensive candidate screening process, which included three town hall forums in Warren, Detroit, and Saginaw, featuring all four Democratic candidates for governor.
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Labor federation endorses Sam Bagenstos, Megan Cavanagh for Michigan Supreme Court
LANSING – Today the Michigan AFL-CIO endorsed Pat Miles for Attorney General and Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State. Miles is a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, where he was the first to bring charges against former Michigan State University Doctor Larry Nassar. Benson is the former Dean of the Wayne State University Law School, where she froze tuition and expanded access to scholarship funds for all students.
“Michigan’s working families need to elect an Attorney General this year who will have our backs,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “As U.S. Attorney, Pat took on powerful interests and won for Michigan families, and as our next Attorney General, Pat will always stand up for working people. This year we also need to elect a Secretary of State who will fight to protect and expand our voting rights to ensure every Michigander has their voice heard in our elections without intimidation or fear of fraud. That’s why we’re proud to endorse Jocelyn in this important race, because she has a real plan to make the Secretary of State’s office faster, more transparent, and more accountable to the people of Michigan.”
The state labor federation also endorsed Sam Bagenstos and Megan Cavanagh today for Michigan Supreme Court. Bagenstos has been a civil rights attorney for more than 20 years. He served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President Obama, and is now a law professor at the University of Michigan. Cavanagh has over 15 years of experience as one of Michigan’s top appellate attorneys. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School.
“Under the justices that have been appointed by Governor Snyder, Michigan’s Supreme Court has been tilted to favor wealthy special interests over regular working people, and that needs to change,” said Bieber. “We need to elect Supreme Court candidates this year who will fight to build a justice system in Michigan that is open, fair, and treats everyone equally. Sam and Megan are both outstanding candidates with impeccable credentials, and our members are committed to electing them to the Supreme Court this November.”
The Michigan AFL-CIO is planning to announce its endorsement in the race for Michigan governor later this week.
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