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General Election Endorsements

Proposal 2 - WON (Proposal 2 Failed)

Over the last two years, Michigan has implemented important education reforms that will significantly improve the quality of education Michigan students receive. Michigan is moving forward with policies that will ensure that every child has a great teacher by ensuring that teacher staffing decisions are based on quality. The legislature has also taken steps to ensure that the state is fiscally sound.

Proposal 2 would wipe out the progress made by Michigan's leaders over the past few years. It would eliminate the ability to continue implementing ongoing education reforms, without the consent of individual collective bargaining agreements, in each of Michigan’s 550 school districts. Read More

House District 10 - WON

Rep. Phil Cavanagh
Rep. Phil Cavanagh is running for re-election to the House in District 10 and has been a strong voice for improving education. Rep. Cavanagh has provided thoughtful and pragmatic leadership in Lansing, where he’s supported common sense education reform legislation. Read More

House District 19 - WON

Rep. John Walsh
As Speaker Pro Tempore, Rep. Walsh oversaw the passage of major education reform legislation in the House. His leadership on education will ensure students-centered education policies are successful. Read More

House District 24 - WON

Rep. Anthony Forlini
As a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, Rep. Forlini has been a strong advocate for reform and put the interest of children above adults. During his tenure, Rep. Forlini has supported legislation to improve schools for all Michigan students. Read More

House District 25 - LOST

Sean Clark
Sean Clark is running for state representative in the 25th House District. Clark understands that dramatic education reform is necessary for Michigan's future. He believes we must focus on quality of education and not simply measure education by hours and dollars. Read More

House District 32 - WON

Rep. Andrea LaFontaine
Rep. Andrea LaFontaine has brought a fresh perspective to the state House in her first term. Rep. Lafontaine has been a strong supporter of innovation in public education and her support of education reform in the State House has been crucial to improving our schools. Read More

House District 36 - WON

Rep. Pete Lund
Rep. Pete Lund is the Majority Whip of the Michigan House of Representatives and is running for re-election in the 36th House District, which he has served since 2009. As Majority Whip, Rep. Lund has helped pass vital legislation for our kids, including legislation that give teachers and principals the tools to be effective in the classroom. Read More

House District 39 - WON

Klint Kesto
As a successful small business owner, Klint Kesto understands the importance of receiving a quality education that prepares students for the 21st Century Economy. That is why he's running for state representative in the 39th House District. Kesto believes K-12 reforms are critical to help ensure Michigan's students get the best education possible. Read More

House District 41 - WON

Martin Howrylak
Martin Howrylak is a Troy native and CPA who’s seeking to fill the open seat in the 41st District. As an accountant and former city councilman, Howrylak has plenty of experience balancing budgets and believes teachers who excel in the classroom should be rewarded. Read More

House District 46 - WON

Rep. Brad Jacobson
Rep. Brad Jacobsen is running for re-election in the 46th House District, which he has served since 2011. As a member of the Michigan Legislature, Rep. Jacobsen has been a consistent vote for education reform, having supported common sense reforms, including legislation that allows school districts to consider performance in the event that teacher layoffs arise. Read More

House District 52 - LOST

Rep. Mark Ouimet
Rep. Ouimet has a successful record of public service. As a State Representative, Rep. Ouimet has been a consistent supporter of public education and student-centered education reforms. Read More

House District 61 - WON

Rep. Margaret O'Brien
Rep. O'Brien has distinguished herself as a leader in education reform by sponsoring legislation that ended seniority-based teacher layoffs in Michigan. A true champion for children, Rep. O'Brien will continue to advocate that every student in Michigan receives a quality education. Read More

House District 66 - WON

Rep. Aric Nesbitt
Rep. Aric Nesbitt has served House District 80 since 2011 and is now running for re-election in House District 66. He is a member of the House Education Committee and has been a reliable supporter of education reform in the Michigan House. During his tenure, Rep. Nesbitt has taken critical votes to allow schools to save great teachers in times of layoffs, and make sure parents have more educational options for their children. Read More

House District 71 - LOST

Rep. Deb Shaughnessy
As a member of the House Education Committee, Rep. Shaughnessy has been a reliable advocate for students. During her time as a public servant, Rep. Shaughnessy has consistently been a voice for great public schools. Read More

House District 72 - WON

Rep. Ken Yonker
Rep. Yonker is a former school board member and knows what it takes to have great schools. As a member of the House Education Committee, Rep. Yonker sponsored key legislation to give schools the resources they need to be successful. Read More

House District 74 - WON

Rob VerHeulen
Rob VerHeulen has served as mayor of Walker since 2001, and his experience leading the city has prepared him to represent the 74th District in the state House. He knows a great education system is key to economic success of Michigan. Read More

House District 77 - WON

Rep. Tom Hooker
Rep. Tom Hooker is running for re-election in the 77th House District, which he has served since 2011. Rep. Hooker has been a long time public school educator. As Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee, Rep. Hooker has brought his knowledge and experience to the legislature. Read More

House District 86 - WON

Rep. Lisa Lyons
Rep. Lisa Lyons of the 86th District has been a strong voice for education reform in the Michigan House of Representatives. As chair of the House Education Committee, Rep. Lyons knows the importance of advancing student-centered education policy. Read More

House District 91 - LOST

Rep. Holly Hughes
As a former school board member and education committee member, Rep. Hughes has been a reliable vote in favor of key education reforms. Read More

House District 93 - WON

Tom Leonard
As an Assistant Attorney General in Lansing, Tom Leonard has worked on and understands many of the important issues facing our state. He is a strong proponent of common sense education policies. Read More

House District 94 - WON

Tim Kelly
Tim Kelly is the kind of leader the Michigan School System needs to stay competitive. Kelly served as education policy advisor to former Gov. John Engler, where he advocated for reforms to reward teachers who excel in the classroom and give parents more choices on where their children attend school. Read More

House District 98 - WON

Rep. Jim Stamas
Rep. Jim Stamas is the current Majority Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives and is running for re-election in the 98th House District, which he has served since 2009. As Majority Leader, Rep. Stamas has moved many key education reforms through the House, including measures to eliminate seniority-based layoffs of teachers. Read More

House District 101 - WON

Rep. Ray Franz
As member of the House Education Committee, Rep. Franz has been a consistent voice for parents and students. His experience and leadership has been key in developing common sense education policies. Read More

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