Recommendations for Progressive Candidates in the Michigan Primary (Primary August 7, but early voting happening now)

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Michigan primary

Note that Michigan has open primaries so you can choose which party’s primary you want to vote in when you get to the polling place.

Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate, Ballotpedia for US House or Ballotpedia for Governor. Also, here are the links to the BKAS posts on Michigan – Michigan 1 and Michigan 2, but note that they were written way back in mid-October of 2017 and candidates have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes all the up-to-date candidates that have declared.


Governor:

Abdul El-Sayed (Justice Democrat Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) or Jennifer Kurland (Green Party Candidate). Write-in Democratic candidate William “Bill” Cobbs has a reasonable platform too, but doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All.

US Senator:

Marcia Squier (Green Party Candidate)

US Representatives:

MI-01: The incumbent Republican is unopposed except for a write-in Democratic candidate, Matthew “Matt” Morgan. Morgan had failed to get enough valid signatures to get on the ballot, but is running as a write-in candidate. Morgan supports Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions. Here is how you can write him in and get a progressive challenger to Jack Bergman for the Fall election.

MI-02: Robert Davidson (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate)

MI-03: There are two Democratic candidates Cathy Albro and Fred Wooden. Neither of them directly states support for Medicare-for-All, though both kind of dance around that idea on their websites and talk about needing to cover everyone. You can read their platforms and see who you want to support. I think Albro might be more progressive overall.

MI-04: There are two Democratic candidates Ziggy Kozicki and Jerry Hilliard. Both suggest that we should move towards Medicare-for-All. Their other platform positions are a bit sketchy, but Kozicki also says that he supports a living wage.

MI-05: Kathy Goodwin (Working Class Party)

MI-06: David Benac (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate) or Rich Eichholz

MI-07: Steve Friday (endorsed by Our Revolution)

MI-08: Chris Smith

MI-09: Andy Levin or Ellen Lipton or Andrea Kirby (Working Class Party). Note that there is also a Green Party candidate, John McDermott, but website does not really talk at all about the issues and I don’t think he’s a viable candidate. I would not recommend voting for him.

MI-10: I think Mike McCarthy is probably the most progressive Democratic candidate choice. Here is an article about him. There is also a Green Party candidate, Harley Mikkelson, who supports Medicare-for-All and other progressive positions.

MI-11: Fayrouz Saad (Justice Democrat Candidate)

MI-12: Incumbent Debbie Dingell supports Medicare-for-All and was one of the founders of the Medicare-for-All Caucus in Congress. Another option is Niles Niemuth running on the Socialist Equality Party line, though his website has no details on his policy positions. Gary Walkowitz is also running on the Working Class Party line.

MI-13: This race is a bit confusing, since John Conyers resigned. There will be a special election to fill the seat until the end of Conyers term (January 2019) and a separate race to elect a new Congressman who will start in 2019 and continue until January 2021. Slightly different candidates are running in these two elections. For the Special election to fill the seat until January 2019, the progressive choices are Rashida Tlaib (Justice Democrat Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution) or Brenda Jones. Bill Wild also says he supports Medicare-for-All, but I don’t feel his platform is as strong as Tlaib or Jones. For the regular election to fill the seat from January 2019 to January 2021, the same three candidates are running (Tlaib, Jones and Wild), but there is also a Green Party candidate, Etta Wilcoxon (I couldn’t find a website for her), and a Working Class Party candidate, Sam Johnson.

MI-14: The incumbent Brenda Lawrence is quite progressive and an original co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). There are no other progressives in this race.


Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.

State Senate:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_State_Senate_elections,_2018

Endorsed by Our Revolution:

District 18: Michelle Deatrick

District 33: Mark Bignell


State House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

Endorsed by Our Revolution:

District 68: Kelly Collison


Appellate Courts:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_intermediate_appellate_court_elections,_2018


Local Judges:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2018


State Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_2018_ballot_measures


Local Ballot Measures:

https://ballotpedia.org/August_7,_2018_ballot_measures_in_Michigan


School Boards: (this is not the State Board of Education (see below), but local school districts)

https://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_school_board_elections,_2018


Municipal:

Wayne County: https://ballotpedia.org/Municipal_elections_in_Wayne_County,_Michigan_(2018)


Other races endorsed by Our Revolution:

Kent County Commission, District 12: Katy Barone


Candidates nominated by Convention:

In Michigan, political parties nominate candidates for some offices at their conventions instead of holding a primary. Candidates for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, Supreme Court, and the boards of Michigan State University, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and the state Board of Education are nominated by political parties. The Democratic Party state convention and the Republican Party state convention will both be held from August 25 to August 26.

Note, these are some very important positions in the state. For instance, the Secretary of State controls voting in the state, the attorney general controls which corporations will be sued if they break laws, state boards of education control the standards for teaching, etc. So, it is important that progressives have a voice in this process. However, I think the delegates to these conventions have already been selected (if I’m wrong about that, someone in Michigan let me know). If so, your only option to sway the choice of the candidates is to find out which delegate is representing your part of the state and ask them to vote for progressive choices.


Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.

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WATCH PARTY: President Trump & Troy Balderson Rally – Lewis Center, Ohio – 8/4/18

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SFP Book Club: Our Revolution, Chapter Six – On the Campaign Trail

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Howdy, y'all. This is a long chapter, and I'm liable to quit quoting from it towards the back half because it does become a list of results from states, more or less. I didn't really expect one chapter to cover the entirety of the campaign, given the prior chapters that would cover one singular event or speech. For comparison, it's about five times longer than the prior chapter, and about twice as long as the chapter before that. I considered breaking this down into two parts to make sure that we could get to the depth it warrants, because there's a lot to discuss between June 2015 and July 2016. Many of you may have first come here during that time. It was during the start of that era that I became a moderator of the subreddit. So, yeah, I'm not going to quote the text as much as I usually do, in part because this is where I either remember something Bernie mentions (most of the chapter) or I don't.

He opens by discussing the primary question he faced in those early months: "Do you really think you can win the nomination?" He assures the reader that he did. Now, in my lived experience, I'm skeptical of that. I don't know that the campaign truly believed that until late January. But, so it goes. As a side-bar, when he's discussing the strengths of the Clinton political organization and all the bits and bobs they had in place to help them, he mentions the Center for American Progress, which he calls "very good" (129). He doesn't elaborate, and if I were grading this, I would circle it and ask for some citations here.

He brings up as well a topic that you're probably familiar with (Lord knows I am): superdelegates. It may come as a surprise to you, but the Democratic establishment supported Secretary Clinton in the primaries. Before a single vote was cast, about 15% of the delegates needed to win were already pledged to her. Now, as I recall, a lot of people around here were pretty peeved about that. Still are, if the DNC reform fight is any indication. It's a fine line to walk in figuring out who is a public figure that can be readily contacted in regards to something like this and whose phone number will get your subreddit banned for doxxing and targeted harassment. Looking back, SFP moderators may have been too cautious. After all, look at some of the other political subreddits that are allowed to thrive on the platform.

Anyway, he discusses the power of small donors and how that terrified the extant political machines that ran solely on large checks. He also, and I'm going to quote this bit because I'm still running up against it personally, talks about how "rural people are not as conservative as the Democratic leadership has long believed, and their votes should not be conceded to right-wing Republicans" (134). As some of you may know, I grew up rural, although I'm a city slicker contributing to that brain drain now. By and large, these voters have been cast aside. They do not have a positive recollection of the Clinton years, where NAFTA's economic growth on a macro level correlated to the closing of nearly every manufacturing plant that provided jobs in the region, where welfare reform meant losing what support they had, and they certainly didn't have a positive outlook on the Obama years, where the economic recovery from 2008 missed them completely. These voters have been cast into the wind by Democratic strategists for years, in part because of gerrymandering and in part because of a vicious cycle where the city Democrats keep winning which makes them want to focus on the cities alone. Some of the strongest and proudest activists and candidates I know are rural, and they can't get any support because the DCCC, the DNC, the state party, all of them have written off the area. Even now, with a potentially competitive senate race, with an incumbent candidate who resonates well in rural areas, the strategy is cities, cities, cities. Cheeses me off to no end.

Over the course of the campaign, political weaknesses of Secretary Clinton came to light, the most heavily discussed here being the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I'm not rehashing a trade debate. We were all there, even if we weren't here.

Bernie brings up that, as the campaign rolled on, he was winning the Latino vote. I'm going to ignore everyone he mentions and credit that exclusively to /u/icaito (okay, and Erika Andiola).

He mentions that, while they did well with local news, they were getting almost no national attention, claiming to have received only ten minutes on the three major networks between January through November 2015. This is, of course, going to have a large impact on who knows about you.

He also mentions that, in his words, "our efforts in the African-American community were not going well" (140). The headwinds were simply too strong for the foundations already built, but next time…

He brings up how, in August 2015, the DNC announced they would only be hosting six debates, and as I recall, the first one was after the registration deadline for the New York primary. Now, Bernie says August 6th was the announcement, but I don't think that's right. This tweet from Martin O'Malley seems to indicate that folks were making a to-do about it as early as August 5th. Also, if anyone can remember for me who it was that led the #WeWantDebate charge, please let me know because it is escaping me at the moment.

To be frank, there's nothing really revelatory over the next thirty pages. Speaking across the country, getting attacked on guns…birds-eye overviews of results from Iowa and New Hampshire. Nothing like where he goes 'and then it turns out they were using double-headed coins at the caucuses!' or 'and then I rushed the stage to throw my chair' or anything. Nevada, disheartening loss; South Carolina, decimating loss. My state isn't even mentioned by name but just 'oh yeah on this day we lost some.' I'll try harder next time, I guess.

One thing I'd forgotten that I was thankful someone had catalogued was that the Associated Press called the nomination for Hillary the day before the California primary. Now, putting all the eggs in the CA basket was already a known gamble, but come on, folks. Just wait for it.

On July 12th, he endorses Hillary and ends the campaign, wanting to leverage his delegates into platform work. This subreddit loses a large chunk of members, if you look at the redditmetrics for that day. So it goes.

Something completely glossed over: the brief but important voter file lockout in late December. Oh well.

Boy, you are a long one. I'm not going to ramble any further. Part Two of the book is called "An Agenda for a New America: How We Transform Our Country," so I'm excited to dig into that. As always, talk about whatever in the comments. There's a lot of stuff to remember and reflect on.

Solidarity, –/u/writingtoss.

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