Grand Traverse Commission, District 2
Lauren Flynn is running for Grand Traverse County Commission to be the voice for the constituents of District 2. Flynn, who has a master’s degree in Business Management, is a Senior Education Partnership Representative at Davenport University, located at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center and the new Director of Party Operations for the Grand Traverse Democrats.
As a professional she is passionate about developing, retaining, and growing local talent in our area. She believes Grand Traverse can model what it means to be a sustainable, diverse, economically-growing community that serves as a good steward of the county’s natural and human resources.
Grand Traverse Commission, District 3
Ashlea Walter is running for Grand Traverse County Commission, new District 3. She is a current City of Traverse City Commissioner with additional appointments to the Arts Commission, Brown Bridge Advisory and the Joint Recreation Authority with Garfield Township. As an elected official, she has focused on creative housing solutions, a more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, community engagement, equity in public parks funding, and sewer/water infrastructure improvements to further protect our watershed. She lives with her family in the Central Neighborhood of Traverse City, and has dedicated countless hours to public education, the arts, and equal rights for all people.
Grand Traverse District 4
My family and I have been members of this community for many generations, we have seen many changes and would like to bring honesty, integrity and respect back to our County Board, something that has been missing for a very long time.
I believe a living wage for all citizens is a top priority. This would include health care as well as retirement. By addressing the age old adage of the area of “half the pay for a view of the bay” would go a long ways to alleviate a lot of our problems with a lack of good mental health care, affordable health care in general and provide retirement avenues that are actually feasible to survive on in retirement. The commission can adopt rules that would require responsible contracting to help with government projects to reward employers that take responsibility of their employees by providing benefits that keep the employee from using the “dreaded social programs” we have and not just treat them as an expendable tool to be used and then discarded. This would reduce the cost of health care away from social programs and put it on the entity that is currently being subsidized by taxes as well as help with morale of employees. We have very few union members, if any, that rely on government subsidies or that are homeless.
Grand Traverse Commission, District 5
Bruce Moore is running for Grand Traverse County Commission, District 5. Moore is a retired engineer who is dedicated to serving the most vulnerable populations in this community. His attention to detail, and ability to dig in and learn about all aspects of any given local issue are central to his leadership values. An active member of Grace Episcopal Church and Traverse Area Paddlers, Moore wants to help keep the County Commission focused on local issues like affordable housing and jail reform.
Grand Traverse Commission, District 6
Amanda grew up in Grand Traverse County and went to Traverse City West Senior High. She lives in Fife Lake with her husband, David, their 6 month old son, Silas, and their 3 dogs. She loves spending time with her family and being outside camping, hiking, and kayaking.
Amanda worked three jobs to put herself through college. She attended NMC for one year before transferring to Michigan State University where she graduated from their James Madison College of Public Policy. Amanda has been involved in local government for over ten years. She currently serves on the Fife Lake Planning Commission and the Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. She has served on several other boards including the Leelanau County Housing Action Committee, the Leelanau County Solid Waste Council, and the Elmwood Township Planning Commission.
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Grand Traverse Commission, District 7
TJ Andrews wants to improve how the county serves our community. A public interest environmental lawyer for 20 years, TJ has been a strong voice for clean water and energy. She has led campaigns to hold local officials accountable to voters and for transparent county redistricting. TJ sees a critical need and unprecedented opportunity this election cycle to bring respectfulness, civility, and integrity to the commission and start addressing county needs – affordable housing, accessible childcare, and crumbling roads. TJ is the mother of a 4th grader at Eastern Elementary and a 6th grader at East Middle School.
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Grand Traverse Commission, District 9
Pam Harris Kaiser is running for GT 9, Long Lake. Four generations of her family lived in Grand Traverse County. She has devoted her life to family, education and community-building, serving as a teacher, counselor, and college instructor at Purdue University and Northwestern Michigan College and co-chair of the TCAPS District Advisory Committee. Pam wants to see the area’s natural resources preserved along with access to affordable housing. “The waters of this beautiful regions have been running through my veins since before I was born, and I want to pass on our green, healthy, safe and clean environment to generations to come,” Kaiser said. Improved access to local mental health care and a reduction in deaths from suicide are among her highest priorities.
103rd State House District
I’m a political strategist, organizer, social worker, former newspaper editor, and two term Grand Traverse County Commissioner, having unseated a Republican.
I grew up in Kalkaska County. I’m proud of my blue collar roots and the work ethic my mom taught me running her house cleaning business. I worked 3 jobs to earn degrees at NMC and Ferris State University.
I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck, known life without healthcare -- a reality for too many. I know much more is possible and what needs to change. I have the local roots, proven leadership, tenacity and life experience to help make change.
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Michigan State Senate 37th District
As an oncologist and community volunteer, I see how people struggle. People can’t afford healthcare, make too little even with multiple jobs to survive, cannot afford housing – one bill away from disaster!
As a wife and mother, I believe everyone deserves a secure future and good quality of life. I will work to break the vicious cycle of unaffordable housing costs, too few good paying jobs and unaffordable and unavailable health care. I will work to conserve our air, water and natural resources and adequately fund education. I will advocate for the people of district 37 -so tell me your concerns.
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104th State House District
Every person has a right to freedom, justice and opportunity. I stand up for these American values for EVERYONE. Hate and division should have no place in our communities. Let’s work together to imagine what is possible. And remember…our children are watching us.
Governor of Michigan
Gretchen is fighting to keep Michigan on track for a brighter, bolder future -- including fixed roads, better schools, preserving the Great Lakes, protecting women's rights, tackling climate change, and creating good-paying jobs here at home.
Garlin Gilchrist II
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist has dedicated his career to solving problems.
An engineer by training, he uses thoughtful innovation, progressive reform, and efficient modernization of policies and programs to make the work better for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve real problems, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public and getting things done.
A former criminal prosecutor and civil rights attorney, Dana Nessel was sworn in as Michigan’s 54th Attorney General on January 1, 2019. Her core initiatives have been fashioned in the image of her promise to Michigan’s residents — to give the Department of Attorney General back to the people of Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, Attorney General Nessel lives in southeast Michigan with her wife, Alanna Maguire, and her twin sons, Alex and Zach.
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Secretary of State
Jocelyn Benson was elected Michigan Secretary of State in 2018. She brings a lifetime of elections advocacy and public service to her role as chief election officer and motor vehicle administrator for the state of Michigan.
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Dr. Bob Lorinser
1st Congressional District
In one word: Service. I have a strong sense of duty and hope to offer Northern Michigan true, honest and ethical representation. You deserve a change. You deserve a Representative with a moral compass, integrity, someone who speaks the truth, and tries to embody all that is best in this great district.
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