Post primary

A look at the candidates heading into the general election

A couple months ago, we dedi­cated our July issue to in­forming our readers on key races throughout the state. We start­ed with the gubernatorial race and even got into a few of the congres­sional races. The August 7 primary was a whirlwind, candidates and constituents alike were on the edge of their seats awaiting the results.

We bring you the candidates that will be heading into the general elec­tion in about two months. Read up on your district and head into the polls prepared to make an informed decision – midterm elections are key in getting your voice heard in Lan­sing.

Gubernatorial Race

Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer won the Demo­cratic nomination with 52 percent of the vote. Former Detroit health chief Abdul El-Sayed followed be­hind with 30 percent of the vote, while businessman Shri Thanedar trailed behind with just 17 percent of the vote.

Whitmer is calling for more in­vestment in education and state in­frastructure, starting with universal pre-kindergarten education, increas­ing the number of elementary school reading coaches, counselors, and nurses.

To fix the roads, Whitmer would push for the creation of a “bank” in which money could be pulled from to fix road, water, and sewer infra­structure.

The Democratic nominee also announced on Monday, August 20 that Detroit native Garlin Gilchrist II as her running mate.

As of print day, August 27, Whit­mer has not provided a statement.

Attorney General Bill Schuette won the Republican nomination with nearly 51 percent of the vote. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley followed behind Schuette with only 25 percent of the vote, while Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines trailed far behind, with both barely taking more than 10 percent of the vote.

Similar to Whitmer, Schuette, is also pushing for education reform with the intention of improving state reading scores and the appoint­ment of a state literacy director in his cabinet. Additionally, he will work to help jobless adults return to the workforce through job training op­portunities.

On Wednesday, August 15, Schuette announced that former state representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons would be his running mate.

As of print day, August 27, Schuette has not provided a state­ment.


U.S. Senate Race

Running unopposed in the primary, senior U.S. Senator Debbie Stabe­now will head into the general elec­tion to face off with Republican John James. The first woman from Michi­gan elected to the U.S. Senate, she was first elected in 2000. Stabenow has previously served in the Michi­gan House of Representatives (1979- 1990), State Senate (1991-1994), and U.S. Congress (1996-2000).

During her time in office she has focused on bringing jobs back to Michigan, advocated for quality health care and access to compre­hensive coverage, and worked to protect the state’s natural resources, including the Great Lakes.

If re-elected, Stabenow plans on continuing her work to address issues facing the Chaldean community.

“The Chaldean community is a vital part of Michigan’s economy and culture. I have worked to ad­dress injustices impacting Michigan’s Chaldean families and strongly op­posed the Administration’s actions that have played politics with im­migration enforcement,” said Sta­benow. “I have worked closely with the community to support the more than 15,000 Chaldean-owned small businesses so that they can continue to create jobs and grow our economy. I also coauthored bipartisan legisla­tion calling on the President to ad­dress the genocide ISIS committed against religious minorities. I am so appreciative of our work together. I look forward to continuing our part­nership in support of the commu­nity.”

Advancing on to face Sena­tor Stabenow will be veteran John James. James won the Republican nomination with nearly 55 percent of the overall vote, beating out Sandy Pensler for the opportunity to take on Stabenow in the general.

“It was an incredibly humbling experience. To know that over half a million Michiganders cast their ballot for me is inspirational it only motivates me more to take our grass­roots movement to Washington,” said James. “Our message of econom­ic opportunity and national security for all Americans is truly resonating.”

James is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-business con­servative who believes in caring for veterans, creating jobs, and reform­ing the education system.

“As a West Point graduate and combat veteran, I may be a little bi­ased, but of course I want to make sure our vets get the help and sup­port that they’ve earned. In addition to our veterans, I will be focused on economic opportunity for all Michi­ganders,” explained James. “I un­derstand business and what it takes to create jobs, because I’ve done it before. After eight years of service in the military, I returned to Michigan to work in the family automotive lo­gistics business; James Group Inter­national. Under my leadership, the company has grown from $35 mil­lion to $137 million in revenue and we have added 100 additional jobs in Michigan and around the country since 2012.”


Eighth Congressional District

Taking 70 percent of the vote, Elissa Slotkin has received the Democratic nomination. Slotkin is a third-gener­ation Michigan native and has served three tours in Iraq alongside the U.S. military, and working as a national security expert for both Democratic and Republican administrations.

It was during this time that Slot­kin was able to visit the Nineveh Plains, meet Chaldean community leaders and spend time learning about the history of Christian perse­cution in Iraq.

“It has therefore been my privi­lege to come back home and spend time with so many in the Chaldean community here in Michigan, and see their amazing work to build a strong community here in Michigan, and provide support to their commu­nities in Iraq,” said Slotkin.

If elected, Slotkin will bring her “mission-focus” experience to Con­gress to work on issues such as bring down the cost of healthcare and repair­ing our deteriorating infrastructure.

“I will always fulfill the funda­mental responsibility of any elected official: to listen to and fight on be­half of communities like the Chal­deans, especially in their time of need,” she said. “In the summer of 2017, when over 100 Chaldeans were detained and threatened with deportation to Iraq, it became even more clear how important it is to have representatives who are willing to fight on behalf of the community, even against the wishes of party lead­ership. I look forward to being one of those representatives who not only fight on behalf of the community, but does so with a deep knowledge of the issues and the country of Iraq.”

Incumbent representative Mike Bishop faced nominal competition as he took 92 percent of the vote, beat­ing out his opponent businessman Lokesh Kumar for the opportunity to face Slotkin in the general election.

The lifelong Oakland County resident has served two terms repre­senting the eight district and has pre­viously served two terms in the state House of Representatives. Bishop currently serves on the House Com­mittee on Ways and Means, which is responsible for issues including “tax reform, health care, Medicare, Social Security and welfare”.

During his tenure in the Senate, Bishop has served has Senate Major­ity Leader. In addition, he has spon­sored legislation that has lead to the creation of the Michigan Child Pro­tection Registry and the Michigan Identity Theft Protection Act.

As of print day, August 27, Rep­resentative Mike Bishop has not pro­vided a statement.


Ninth Congressional District

Andy Levin, the son of sitting U.S. Representative Sander Levin and the former head of the Michigan De­partment of Energy, Labor and Eco­nomic Growth won the Democratic nomination in the race to represent the ninth congressional district. Levin took 52 percent of the vote.

“I’m so humbled and honored to have received the support of the majority of our voters here in the ninth District. I want to thank our tremendous team of staff and volun­teers, and especially my wife, Mary, and our kids and our extended fam­ily for their hard work and dedica­tion to this campaign,” said Levin. “I also want to thank my opponents for running spirited and honorable campaigns.”

If elected, Levin will focus on re­building the middle class and provid­ing the leadership the district needs, said Levin.

“The voters of the ninth District have made it clear that resistance is important, but it is not enough. They demand the strongest possible lead­ership and the clearest vision of an America focused on raising the stan­dard of living for working people and ensuring justice for all,” he explained. “And when we provide that vision, they are ready to roll up their sleeves and build the ‘blue wave’ bit by bit.”

Facing Levin in the general elec­tion will be Republican Candius Stearns, who was unopposed in the primary.

A resident of the ninth district for nearly 20 years, Stearns believes she is the best choice for the district because she knows “what the people want”.

“I am very humbled to accept the nomination – just being asked to run was very humbling,” she said. “Being nominated to represent the district I have lived in for almost 20 years is humbling.”

Stearns actually entered the race back in October because she was dis­appointed in the work of the Levin family. She believes representing the ninth district should be less about “political dynasty” and more about “what the people of the district want”.


Eleventh Congressional District

Taking 27 percent of the vote, Haley Stevens has received the Democratic nomination in the race to represent the eleventh congressional district. Following behind her were Repre­sentative Tim Greimel, Suneel Gup­ta, and former head of immigrant af­fairs in Detroit Fayrouz Saad.

According to a press release from the Stevens campaign, she is headed into the general election “poised to speak with eleventh district voters about her experience in advanced manufacturing and plans to fix the mess that Washington politicians have created.”

Stevens’ background in manufac­turing puts her in a position to address several issues facing Michigan today.

“As a woman in manufacturing, I have seen the incredible growth of our advanced manufacturing economy and understand the challenges facing businesses throughout Southeastern Michigan,” said Stevens. “Years of partisan bickering and dysfunction in Washington have not served the best interests of the hard-working families who power our economy. The time for inaction is over – on Day One in Congress, Michiganders can count on me to fight for our state, just like I al­ways have.”

Republican Lena Epstein took 30 percent of the vote and will be head­ing into the general to face Haley Stevens.

Epstein says she is “humbled and grateful” for the support she has re­ceived. “I owe this primary victory, in large part, to the Chaldean com­munity which has been nothing but supportive with their words of en­couragement, prayers, and votes.”

If elected, Epstein is prepared to address a number of issues, including the cost of healthcare and regula­tions on businesses.

“We need to make healthcare more affordable by giving consum­ers more options that fit their own unique needs,” she explained. “We need to roll back regulations on busi­ness. We need to cut the federal in­come tax. We need an economy that works for everyone. We also need to foster a culture of inclusion; which includes protecting religious liberty.”

Thirteenth Congressional District

Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib narrowly de­feated Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, taking 31.2 percent of the vote – just one percent above Jones’ 30.2 percent. Without a Republican nominee, Tlaib will be heading into the gen­eral election unopposed, setting her up to be one of the first women ever elected to Congress.

The Detroit native celebrated her win surrounded by several sup­porters, including her family. The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib became the first Muslim wom­an to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature where she served three terms (2008 – 2014).

As of print day, August 27, Rashi­da Tlaib has not provided a state­ment.



Fourteenth Congressional District

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence faced no opposition in her bid to win the Democratic nomination in the race to represent the four­teenth congressional district and will therefore be moving forward to the general election to take on Dr. Marc Herschfus.

Born and raised in Detroit, Lawrence was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2014 and re-elected in 2016.

Lawrence has several goals she would like to accomplish if given another chance to serve. The three biggest issues she plans on tack­ling, however, are rebuilding the deteriorating infrastructure, “in­creasing Michigan’s share of fed­eral road funding and transporta­tion investments”, and pushing for more workforce development and training.

As of print day, August 27, Congresswoman Lawrence has not provided a statement.

Like Congresswoman Lawrence, Dr. Herschfus went into the Repub­lican primary unopposed, giving him the Republican nomination in the race to serve the district.

A doctor of internal medicine specializing in gastroenterology, Dr. Herschfus first entered the po­litical arena in 2016. He ran for 46th District Court Judge. While he did not win, this set him on a path in which he became more po­litically motivated.

This political motivation has brought him to this moment in time as he prepares for the general election where he will have to take on incumbent Congresswoman Lawrence.

If elected, Dr. Herschfus will address strengthening the military, unfair tariffs against the United States, and healthcare reform.

As of print day, August 27, Dr. Herschfus has not provided a state­ment.