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List of candidates has been compiled to the best of our ability. If a candidate’s name or official site is not listed, please contact our webmaster to request a candidate be added upon review. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order

*Indicates incumbent candidate

U.S. President – Commander in Chief

(D) Joseph R. Biden/Kamala D. Harris  Campaign Website

(U) Don Blankenship/William Mohr  Campaign Website

(N) Rocky De La Fuente/Darcy Richardson   Campaign Website

(G) Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker  Campaign Website

(L) Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy Cohen   Campaign Website

(R) Donald J. Trump/Mike Pence*  Campaign Website

U.S. Senate

(N) Doug Dern  N/A

(R) John James  Campaign Website

(D) Gary Peters*  Campaign Website

(G) Marcia Squier  Campaign Website

(U) Valerie L. Willis  Campaign Website

U.S. House, District 11

(R) Eric S. Esshaki  Campaign Website

(L) Leonard Schwartz  Campaign Website

(D) Haley Stevens*  Campaign Website

Member of the State Board of Education

(U) Karen Adams  N/A

(R) Tami Carlone  Campaign Website

(D) Ellen Cogen Lipton  N/A

(R) Michelle A. Frederick  Campaign Website

(L) Bill Hall  Campaign Website

(W) Mary Anne Hering  N/A

(L) Richard A. Hewer  N/A

(U) Douglas Levesque  Campaign Website

(G) Tom Mair  N/A

(W) Hali McEachern  N/A

(D) Jason Strayhorn  Campaign Website

Regent of the University of Michigan

(D) Mark Bernstein*  Campaign Website

(N) Keith Butkovich  N/A

(U) Ronald E. Graeser  N/A

(R) Sarah Hubbard  Campaign Website

(L) James L. Hudler  N/A

(L) Eric Larson  Campaign Website

(G) Michael Mawilai  N/A

(R) Carl Meyers  Campaign Website

(D) Shauna Ryder Diggs*  Campaign Website

(U) Crystal Van Sickle  N/A

Trustee of Michigan State University

(N) Bridgette Abraham-Guzman  N/A

(G) Brandon Hu  Campaign Website

(R) Pat O'Keefe  Campaign Website

(G) Robin Lea Laurain  Campaign Website

(D) Brian Mosallam*  N/A

(U) Janet M. Sanger  N/A

(U) John Paul Sanger  N/A

(R) Tonya Schuitmaker  Campaign Website

(L) Will Tyler White  Campaign Website

(D) Rema Ella Vassar  Campaign Website

Governor of Wayne State University

(D) Eva Garza Dewaelsche  Campaign Website

(L) Jon Elgas  N/A

(R) Don Gates  Campaign Website

(R) Terri Lynn Land  Campaign Website

(G) Susan Odgers  N/A

(U) Christine C. Schwartz  N/A

(D) Shirley Stancato*  Campaign Website

Justice of Supreme Court

Susan L. Hubbard   N/A

Mary Kelly   Campaign Website

Bridget Mary McCormack*   Campaign Website

Kerry Lee Morgan   N/A

Katherine Mary Nepton  N/A

Brock Swartzle   Campaign Website

Elizabeth M. Welch  Campaign Website

Judge of District Court – 35th District

Jim Plakas*  N/A

Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees

Brian D. Broderick*  N/A

Joan Gebhardt*  N/A

Terry A. Gilligan*  N/A

Bill Irving  N/A

Northville District Library Board Member

Joseph Patrick Corriveau*  N/A

Robert Sochacki*  N/A

Nicholas A. Vlisides*  N/A

PROPOSAL 20-1:

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to continue to be collected in state funds for land protection and creation and maintenance of parks, nature areas, and public recreation facilities; and to describe how money in those state funds can be spent. This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Allow the State Parks Endowment Fund to continue receiving money from sales of oil and gas from state-owned lands to improve, maintain and purchase land for State parks, and for Fund administration, until its balance reaches $800,000,000.
  • Require subsequent oil and gas revenue from state-owned lands to go into the Natural Resources Trust Fund.
  • Require at least 20% of Endowment Fund annual spending go toward State park improvement.
  • Require at least 25% of Trust Fund annual spending go toward parks and public recreation areas and at least 25% toward land conservation.

Should this proposal be adopted?

PROPOSAL 20-2:

A proposed constitutional amendment to require a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications. This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Prohibit unreasonable searches or seizures of a person’s electronic data and electronic communications.
  • Require a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications, under the same conditions currently required for the government to obtain a search warrant to search a person’s house or seize a person’s things.

Should this proposal be adopted?

Regional Enhancement Millage Renewal Proposal

Pursuant to state law, the revenue raised by the proposed enhancement millage will be collected by the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency and distributed to local constituent public school districts including eligible public school academies within the boundaries of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency based on pupil membership count.

As a renewal of authority which expires with the 2021 levy, shall the limitation on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency, Michigan, be increased by 2 mills ($2.00 per thousand dollars of taxable value) for a period of six (6) years, 2022 to 2027, inclusive, to provide operating funds to enhance other state and local funding for local school district operating purposes? It is estimated that 2 mills would raise approximately $90.4 million when first levied in 2022.

The revenue from this millage will be disbursed to public school academies within the boundaries of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency which are eligible to receive enhancement millage under the Revised School Code and the following school districts:

Allen Park Public Schools, Crestwood School District, Dearborn City School District, Dearborn Heights School District #7, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Ecorse Public School District, Flat Rock Community Schools, School District of the City of Garden City, Gibraltar School District, Grosse Ile Township Schools, The Grosse Pointe Public School System, Hamtramck Public Schools, City of Harper Woods Schools, School District of the City of Highland Park, Huron School District, School District of the City of Lincoln Park, Livonia Public Schools, Melvindale – Northern Allen Park Schools, Northville Public Schools, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Redford Union School District, River Rouge School District, Riverview Community School District, Romulus Community Schools, Southgate Community School District, South Redford School District, Taylor School District, Trenton Public Schools, Van Buren Public Schools, Wayne-Westland Community School District, Westwood Community Schools, Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, Wyandotte City School District

List of candidates has been compiled to the best of our ability. If a candidate’s name or official site is not listed, please contact our webmaster to request a candidate be added upon review. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order
*Indicates incumbent candidate

Michigan House, District 20

(D) Matt Koleszar* Campaign Website
(R) John Lacny Campaign Website

Wayne County Commissioner 9th District

(D) Nancy Darga Campaign Website
(R) Terry Marecki* Campaign Website

Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court Judge, Non-Incumbent 6-yr term (Choose 2)
NONPARTISAN

Chandra W. Baker Campaign Website
Nicholas John Hathaway Campaign Website
Shakira Lynn Hawkins Campaign Website
Mary Beth Kelly Campaign Website

Wayne County Prosecutor

(D) Kym Worthy* Campaign Website
(L) Daniel Ziemba N/A

Wayne County Sheriff

(D) Benny N. Napoleon* N/A

Wayne County Clerk

(D) Cathy M. Garrett* N/A
(R) Dylan Gomula Campaign Website

Wayne County Registrar of Deeds

(R) Parker Burns Campaign Website
(L) Richard J. Secula N/A
(D) Bernard J. Youngblood* N/A

Wayne County Treasurer

(D) Eric R. Sabree* Campaign Website
(R) Anthony Wozniak Campaign Website

Northville Township Supervisor

(R) Mark J. Abbo Campaign Website

Northville Township Clerk

(R) Roger Lundberg Campaign Website

Northville Township Treasurer

(R) Jason Rhines Campaign Website

Northville Township Trustee

(D) M. Aslam Campaign Website
(R) Scott Frush* N/A
(R) Mindy Herrmann* N/A
(R) Cynthia L. Jankowski Campaign Website
(D) Tanya Eileen Juarez Lundberg N/A
(R) Chris Roosen* N/A

Judge of Court of Appeals – District 1

Karen Fort Hood* N/A
Anica Letica* N/A
Christopher M. Murray* N/A
Judge of Circuit Court – 3rd Circuit Incumbent Position 6 Year Term
David J. Allen* N/A
Mariam Bazzi* N/A
Chris Dingell* N/A
Charlene M. Elder* N/A
Helal A. Farhat* N/A
John H. Gillis Jr.* N/A
Noah P. Hood* N/A
Edward J. Joseph* N/A
Don Knapp* N/A
Cylenthia LaToye Miller* N/A
Lynne A. Pierce* N/A
Lawrence S. Talon* N/A
Carla G. Testani* N/A
Margaret M. Van Houten* N/A
Shannon Nicol Walker* N/A

Judge of Circuit Court – 3rd Circuit Non-Incumbent Position 6 Year Term

Chandra W. Baker Campaign Website
Nicholas John Hathaway Campaign Website
Shakira Lynn Hawkins Campaign Website
Mary Beth Kelly Campaign Website

Judge of Circuit Court – 3rd Circuit Incumbent Position Partial Term Ending 01/01/2023

Darnella Williams-Claybourne* N/A

Judge of Probate Court – Wayne County

David Braxton* N/A
Judy A. Hartsfield* N/A
Terrance Ashworth Keith* N/A

Northville Public Schools School Board

Kimberly Campbell-Voytal Campaign Website
Harihar Kulkarni N/A
Blake A. Mathie Campaign Website
James Mazurek N/A
Lisa McIntyre Campaign Website
Douglas Miller N/A
Sarah Prescott* Campaign Website
Lindsey Wilson Campaign Website
Sherrie Winfield Campaign Website

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools School Board; 6 Year Term

Rob Baty N/A
Lauren Christenson Campaign Website
Patrick Kehoe* Campaign Website
John T. Lazarowicz* N/A
Michael B. Lloyd N/A
Jeannie Moody-Novak Campaign Website
Sheryl Picard Campaign Website
Gina Thibault Campaign Website
Christopher Vos Campaign Website
Shawn H. Wilson Campaign Website

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools School Board; Partial Term Ending 12/31/2022

Sebastien Ostertag N/A
Anupam Chugh Sidhu* Campaign Website

Oakland County Specific Candidates

List of candidates has been compiled to the best of our ability. If a candidate’s name or official site is not listed, please contact our webmaster to request a candidate be added upon review.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order
*Indicates incumbent candidate

Michigan House, District 38

(D) Kelly A. Breen Campaign Website
(R) Chase Turner Campaign Website

Oakland County Executive

(D) David Coulter* Campaign Website
(R) Mike Kowall Campaign Website
(L) Connor Nepomuceno N/A

Oakland County Executive; Partial Term Ending 12/31/2020

(D) David Coulter* Campaign Website
(R) Mike Kowall Campaign Website

Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney

(R) Lin Goetz Campaign Website
(D) Karen McDonald Campaign Website

Oakland County Sheriff

(R) Michael J. Bouchard Campaign Website
(D) Vincent Gregory Campaign Website

Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds

(R) Tina Barton Campaign Website
(D) Lisa Brown* Campaign Website

Oakland County Treasurer

(R) Joe Kent Campaign Website
(D) Robert Wittenberg Campaign Website

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner

(D) Jim Nash* Campaign Website
(R) Jim Stevens Campaign Website

Oakland County Commissioner District 9

(D) Gwen Markham* N/A
(R) David Staudt N/A

Judge of Court of Appeals – District 2

Mark J. Cavanagh* N/A
Jonathan Tukel* N/A

Judge of Circuit Court – 6th Circuit Incumbent Position 6 Year Term

Martha D. Anderson*

N/A

Mary Ellen T. Brennan*

N/A

Lisa Gorcyca*

N/A

Nanci Grant*

N/A

Shalina Deborah Kumar*

N/A

Jeffery S. Matis*

N/A

Judge of Circuit Court – 6th Circuit Non-Incumbent 6 Year Term

Clarence Dass Campaign Website
Lorie Savin Campaign Website

Judge of Circuit Court – 6th Circuit Incumbent Partial Term Ending 01/01/2025

Kameshia D. Gant* Campaign Website

Judge of Probate Court – Oakland County

Daniel A. O'Brien* N/A

Oakland County Millage Proposal

Millage Replacement and Increase to Improve, Operate, and Maintain Parks, Open Space Areas, Trails, and Recreation Activities in Oakland County, Michigan: The Oakland County Parks System includes 7000 acres and 80 miles of trails preserving and protecting the environment. There are 13 Oakland County Parks and recreational activities throughout the County including campgrounds, dog parks, golf courses, water parks, and mobile recreation units.

To continue to provide revenue to the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission, shall the current millage, which has been reduced by required rollback, be replaced and increased to .35 mills for 10 years from 2020 to 2029? The .35 mills is equal to 35 cents per $1,000.00 of taxable value. The millage, if approved and levied, will generate approximately $22,026,860.00 in 2020. The purpose of the millage is to improve, operate, and maintain parks, open space and water areas, trails, and recreation facilities; to allow for free day-use park admission for seniors (62 and over), military, veterans, and residents with permanent disabilities; to expand trails; to enhance local recreation programs; and to increase environmental conservation and recreation activities. Revenue from this millage will be disbursed only to the County of Oakland to be used solely for the purpose of funding the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission with external audits and oversight by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

Ballotpedia.org – An encyclopedia of American politics that delivers unbiased information to educate and inspire American voters.

Project Vote Smart – A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

Vote411.org – One-stop shop for everything to be an informed voter, from checking registration to candidate information.

Office of the City of Northville Clerk - Official website for elections in the city of Northville

Office of the Northville Township Clerk - Official website for elections in Northville Township

Office of Oakland County Clerk – Official website for elections in Oakland County

Office of Wayne County Clerk – Official website for elections in Wayne County

State of Michigan Election Information – Secretary of State website, quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Michigan.

Federal Voting Assistance Program - Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.

Presidential Election Process - Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons.  Perfect for new voters.

Federal Election Commission - Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.

Michigan Campaign Finance – Searchable database for campaign contributions and spending in the state of Michigan.

Annenberg Political Fact Check - Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

Center for Public Integrity - A well-documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

Politifact - A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

BallotReady – A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. 

BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

League of Women Voters – A nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards. 

TurboVote – A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.

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GREEN PARTY – National | Michigan

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