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INTERVIEW: Mike Henry, candidate for Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus Chair

The message and the agenda of the black community is one that everyone can embrace…This should be a partnership because it makes the Party stronger


In my precinct organizing work with the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) of which I am now the Chair, I have worked extensively with Mike Henry. Mike is the Chair of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party but he is much more than that as anyone who works in politics in the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas knows. He’s a tireless organizer and campaigner but he’s also a master at bringing groups together and forging alliances that benefit everyone involved.…

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INTERVIEW – Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson: “Democrats have to be bold”

“We have to do a better job of showing the voters in Michigan how we’re going to create a state where they can stay and succeed.”

I first interviewed Lon Johnson almost exactly two years ago when he first ran for Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. He ran a spirited campaign for Chair gaining support from the entire Democratic Congressional delegation as well as the major labor unions. In the end, incumbent MDP Chair Mark Brewer stepped down at the Convention, allowing Johnson to be elected by a unanimous vote.

During that first interview, Johnson laid out his vision for the future of the MDP and we revisited that vision in a second interview last fall right before the election.…

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INTERVIEW: Democrat Margaret Guerrero DeLuca has seen it all and has had enough

This is the fourth and last in profiling a series of women candidates running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. As voters we have an amazing opportunity to realize something special on Tuesday and that is electing more women to the State House, something I believe is essential to moving the state forward.

After spending a short amount of time with Margaret Guerrero DeLuca, the Democratic candidate for the 82nd State House District that encompasses all of Lapeer County, where she was born and raised, one word kept sticking in my head: ENERGY!

And I mean energy to burn.

The former Imlay City Mayor and Commissioner, she is only the second Mayor in their history, Margaret can easily stake a claim that she has been able to transcend conventional wisdom on many fronts.…

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INTERVIEW: Strong Democrat Stacey Dogonski – “Tell me I can’t win, I dare you”

This is the third in our four part series on women running for the State House of Representatives on Tuesday. I am a big proponent of more women being elected at all levels of government and I hope that this series helps to make that more realistic for these women candidates.

Stacey Dogonski is a firebrand and I mean that in the best possible way. Get her talking on any issue or topic and be prepared to be amazed. Her passion, confidence, and desire to embrace change is evident. It’s not just about politics for her. She loves her job of 15 years with a small zoning and planning company and takes obvious pride when talking about her employer and co-workers.…

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INTERVIEW: Democrat Kristy Pagan – This millennial is ready for prime time

This is the second in a four-part series with women who are running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. With your help and votes, they can win and change the face of politics in Michigan. I believe in all of them and I want you to as well.

When I hear names like Rashida Tlaib, Sarah Roberts, Gretchen Driscoll, and Debbie Stabenow, I think strong, independent-minded strategists. Political forces that have led by example and have bucked the system and the political will of mostly men to not only win in the elections game but also provide amazing insight, voice and SOLUTIONS to problems that have plagued us all.…

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INTERVIEW: Judge Deborah Thomas for Supreme Court – “If the people we’ve helped reach back to help me, we can win this”

If I had to use only one word to describe Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas, it would be “fearless”. Judge Thomas, one of three people nominated by the Michigan Democratic Party for the Michigan Supreme Court (on the non-partisan section of the ballot), has never let adversity stand in the way of achieving her goals. Despite losing her father at the age of ten and contracting polio as a toddler, she has been a fierce warrior for the communities where she has served.

When Judge Thomas speaks about her candidacy, she uses the phrase “Vote Justice First”. The phrase has two meanings.…

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INTERVIEW: Erika Geiss – The beginning of a new political dynasty

This is the first in a series of conversations I had with four women who are running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. Not only is it important to me that we elect more women to government at ALL levels, it’s also important that you know them better as well. This is the first in that series.

There are political dynasty families and there are political dynasty families. Of course the Kennedys come to mind, and the Clintons. The Rockefellers as well as the, um, Bush family. But what about the Geiss family? Not sure about that one? Let me help you.…

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INTERVIEW: Democratic candidate for state Senate Shari Pollesch – “I believe we can win this thing”

I have liked Shari Pollesch from the first moment I met her. She is engaging, funny, and whip smart. When I learned that she was running for Senate against the ultra-conservative Joe Hune, however, I was dubious that she would stand a chance. However, Pollesch insisted that she did have a chance and was unshakeable in that belief.

One of the reasons for this is that the 22nd state Senate district had its borders radically changed during the most recent redistricting. Instead of stopping at the historically conservative Livingston County’s southern border with Washtenaw County, the 22nd District now includes a wide swath of Western Washtenaw County:

That fact, combined with the more Democratic leaning character of Western Washtenaw might be enough to give Pollesch and edge.…

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INTERVIEW: Veronique Liem for Washtenaw Circuit Court – “I’m running based on what I can do to help our community.”

There are two judicial races on the ballot this year in Washtenaw County. One is for Probate Court. You can read my interview with Tracy Van den Bergh who is running in that race HERE. The other is for the Circuit Court.

Veronique Liem is one of the people running for the Circuit Court seat. Her progressive values and concern for victims of domestic assault as well as children in family law cases have earned her my personal endorsement. As I wrote in my endorsement statement, “As a community organizer in Washtenaw County and someone who follows progressive issues closely, I am committed to supporting candidates who represent my views.…

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INTERVIEW: Tracy Van den Bergh for Probate Judge – “Too often the voice of the vulnerable isn’t heard in our courts”

The race for Probate Judge in Washtenaw County has been hard fought and gotten a fair amount of attention locally. What many people are unaware of is the intense amount of politics that has played into this race. Having spoken with numerous people who are knowledgeable about the Probate Court, I’ve come to understand that two of the conservative judges on the court have worked very hard to see that their pick for the position, Julia Owdziej, was awarded an appointment to the seat just last spring, giving her the advantage of being labeled the incumbent.

Judge Nancy Wheeler (nee Francis), who held the Probate Court judge position that is being voted on had been out on medical leave several times.…

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