The Kent County Democrats recommend the following candidates (or selections):
Please note that we have not recommended votes in partisan elections where there is no Democrat running or where an election is not contested.
President/Vice President – Barack Obama/Joseph Biden
U.S. Senator – Debbie Stabenow
U.S. Representative—3rd District – Steve Pestka
U.S. Representative—2nd District – Willie Griffin, Jr.
State Representative (72nd District) – Scott Urbanowski
State Representative (73rd District) – D. Scott Schuiling
State Representative (74th District) – Richard Erdman
State Representative (75th District) – Brandon Dillon
State Representative (76th District) – Winnie Brinks
State Representative (77th District) – Scott Barton
State Representative (86nd District) – Brian Bosak
State Board of Education – Lupe Ramos-Montigny, Michelle Fecteau
Univ. of Michigan Regents – Mark Bernstein, Shauna Ryder Diggs
Michigan State Univ. Regents – Joel Ferguson, Brian Mosallam
Wayne State Regents – Sandra Hughes O’Brien, Kim Trent
Clerk – Richard Carillo
Sheriff – James L. Farris
Treasurer – Theresa Braham Walker
Drain Commissioner – Christopher Preville
Kent County Commissioners
3rd District – James Black
4th District – Thomas Golden
8th District – Duane J.Sprague
9th District – Keith Courtade
10th District – Albert Abbasse
13th District – Michael Johnston
14th District – Carol M. Hennessy
15th District – James Talen
16th District – David Bulkowski
17th District – Candace Chivis
18th District – Paul Bernard
19th District – Lance C. Penny
There are a number of local races that also may be on your ballot. You can vote for all of the Democrats in your district by voting straight Democratic. HOWEVER, YOU ARE NOT DONE YET. THERE ARE NON-PARTISAN POSITIONS AND PROPOSALS TO VOTE FOR AS WELL.
Michigan Supreme Court (2-year term) – Sheila Johnson
Michigan Supreme Court (6-year term) – Connie Marie Kelley, Bridget Mary McCormack
Don’t forget to vote in the race for Kent County Probate Court Judge and for school board positions.
Statewide Ballot Proposals:
1 – NO
2 – YES
3 – YES
4 – YES
5 – NO
6 – NO
Also, there are important local proposals, including in Grand Rapids (1—whether to change the City Charter to eliminate the elected City Comptroller position and have the City Council appoint that person instead, and 2—whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana). Walker will be voting on whether to continue to be part of the Rapid transportation system.
Now you are done. Pat yourself on the back for being an informed and active voter.Encourage your friends, relatives, neighbors and acquaintances to follow your lead (and this guide).