Congressional Member Paul Mitchell
L Brooks Patterson Oakland County
Candice Miller Honorable Congressional Member Public Works Commissioner
Mayor. THADDEUS ( Ted) J. KEDZIERSKI Grosse Pointe Shores
Bishop Ira Combs Pastor of Greater Bible way temple church
Dr. Linda Lee Tarver RWFM PresidentRepublican Women’s Federation of Michigan (RWFM)
National Association of Health Underwriters – HUPAC
IIABA is the nation’s oldest and largest association of independent insurance agents and brokers, Big “I”
Susan B Anthony List
Right to Life Michigan
NAW National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
Sherriff Michael Bouchard from Oakland County
If Stearns wins the seat, Republicans will almost certainly maintain control of Congress. Levin, a renewable energy entrepreneur, and Lipton, a lawyer, have spent hundreds of thousands saturating the airwaves with ads. Brook, a lawyer and former school board president, is running an all-volunteer campaign that is not accepting contributions from political action committees, corporations or lobbyists.
Stearns, an entrepreneur, has run a low-key campaign, saving her money for the general election.
The 9th district - like most Michigan congressional districts - has an odd shape, covering chunks of Oakland and Macomb counties and stretching from Square Lake to Lake St. Clair. The district is bisected by Woodward Avenue, and includes tony towns like Bloomfield Hills and working-class enclaves like Eastpointe, Fraser and Mt. Clemens.
Its largest cities include Warren, Sterling Heights and Royal Oak. While the boundaries have shifted considerably over decades, the one constant for 36 years has been Congressman Levin.
For two months, reporters for Fox 2 News, Detroit Public Radio (WDET, 101.9 FM), the Lansing-based Gongwer News Service and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (mcfn.org) scrutinized all the candidates running in the 9th, 11th, and 13th congressional races.
All three seats are open, with no incumbent running for re-election. With so much on the line, the reporters came together with a simple mission: Provide voters with as much information as possible - with an emphasis on providing voters the kind of information about the candidates that candidates typically leave out of their campaign commercials or literature.
The reporters ran the candidates through about two dozen filters, checking to see if they, and in some cases, their companies, popped up in local, state and federal public records. The reporters traveled to courthouses in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, and also examined property records.
The candidates were given a chance to respond to the reporters’ findings. The reporters also included information on the candidates’ key issues - as well as matters they oppose.
To see what we found, check out my latest exclusive Problem Solvers investigation video above or the stories below.
Congressional candidates’ records exposed
Disgraced Detroit public officials run again
Also see The Michigan Political Almanac, where you can learn more about every candidate running for office in Michigan this year.
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Thousands gathered at the Michigan State Capitol in January for Power to the Polls, an event with speeches on feminism, transgender rights, immigration reform, and more. Before the gathering wrapped, a congregation of women running for office gathered near the bottom of the Capitol steps. Together, they raised American flags as the crowd cheered and “We Will Rock You” played overhead.
The event marked the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March, which attracted more than 1 million protesters following President Trump’s inauguration. Since that initial display of progressive values, the #MeToo Movement, Time’s Up blackout at the Golden Globes, and the sentencing of Larry Nassar have captured the country’s attention.
Moments like these, as well as a majority Republican government, have inspired more Democratic women to run for office in U.S. states, including Michigan — where, as of last year, women only held 37 seats in the state legislature, with 18 of those belonging to Democratic women.
“We’re seeing daily assaults on our rights and freedoms from the right, and it’s Democratic women who are best suited to safeguard them,” says, A’shanti Gholar, political director of Emerge America, a progressive women’s organization with a Michigan chapter.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT KILLIPS / LANSING STATE JOURNAL
Despite the national conversation’s focus on women from the left, however, it’s not just female Democrats who are running. Conservative women are advocating for their political beliefs, which often focus on border security, pro-life legislation, and tax cuts.
“Conservative leadership, principles, and perspectives focus on the core of society — God, family, nation, community, prosperity, and the like,” says Linda Lee Tarver, president of Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan. “While Republican women are not chanting in the streets, calling themselves nasty women, or wearing p***y hats, we are uniquely qualified to run for office being well informed, highly motivated, experienced, proven, and in agreement to ‘Make America Great Again.’”
Michigan has had its share of notable women politicians, from Jennifer Granholm’s election as its first female governor and Candice Miller’s long record of public service to Gretchen Whitmer’s emergence as a Democratic gubernatorial front-runner.
Hour Detroit asked several local female politicians about what issues they’re passionate about. The answers, naturally, varied. But despite their party affiliation, each candidate agreed on the need for change — and they’re ready to make that happen.