We're proud to have endorsed the current elected officiaals during their campaigns. This is how we build the bench and create long-term change in our country.
Garlin Gilchrist, Michigan Lieutenant Governor We endorsed Garlin when he ran for Detroit City Clerk in 2017, on a platform of making voting easy and accessible for all. He very narrowly lost that race, but caught the attention of state and local political leaders. In 2018, he was asked to join Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign as Lieutenant Governor. Together, they ran a strong, people-focused race and won back the the Michigan governorship. Garlin was sworn in as LG in 2019.
Michigan State Senate
Stephanie Chang, Senate District 1 Sen. Stephanie Chang, the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature, worked as a community organizer in Detroit for nearly a decade, including for Grace Lee Boggs, before serving two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. She was elected to the State Senate in 2018, and serves as the Minority Vice Chair on both the Finance and Judiciary and Public Safety Committees, as well as on the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.
Mallory McMorrow, Senate District 13 An industrial designer by trade, Mallory flipped Michigan’s 13th State Senate District in 2018. She currently serves as the Minority Vice Chair on the Economic and Small Business Development Committee, and the Energy & Technology and Insurance and Banking Committees.
Michigan State House
Alex Garza, House District 12 Alex Garza was the youngest and first Latinx elected official in his hometown of Taylor’s history. Before running for State Representative, he worked for now-State Senator Stephanie Chang and now-Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. He serves on the Agriculture, Local Government and Municipal Finance, and Regulatory Reform Committees.
Kristy Pagan, House District 21 Kristy is serving her third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. She was the Democratic Caucus Chair for the 2017-2018 session and orchestrated the pickup of six State House seats in 2018. She currently sits on the Appropriations Committee and chairs the Progressive Women’s Caucus.
Darrin Camilleri,House District 23 A former high school social studies teacher, Darrin Camilleri was the youngest Latinx and first Maltese-American elected to the Michigan Statehouse. He is currently the Michigan State House Minority Whip and the Democratic Vice Chair of the Education Committee, and additionally serves on the Commerce and Tourism and Oversight Committees.
Kyra Harris-Bolden, House District 35 Kyra Harris-Bolden was elected in 2018 and serves as the Assistant Leader for the House Democrats in addition to representing her hometown of Southfield. She sits on the Insurance and Judiciary Committees, as well as Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, and is the Democratic Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
Mari Manoogian, House District 40 At age 26, Mari is the youngest woman in the Michigan House of Representatives and the first Armenian-American woman to serve in the body. She is the Assistant Minority Whip and sits on the Commerce and Tourism, Energy, and Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee.
Yousef Rabhi, House District 53 Yousef is currently serving his second term in the State House, representing Ann Arbor and parts of Washtenaw County. In his first term in the House, Rabhi coordinated a bipartisan renewable energy legislation package, introduced legislation to protect Michigan’s water, and introduced a plan for universal health coverage. He is the Floor Leader for the House Democratic Caucus and sits on the Government Operations and Legislative Council committees.
Sarah Anthony, House District 68 Before running for State House, Sarah Anthony was the youngest African-American County Commissioner in the county. In the State House, Sarah is the Democratic Caucus Chair and serves on the Appropriations Committee. Her first bill is to ban child marriage in Michigan.
Jon Hoadley, House District 60 Jon Hoadley was elected as Michigan’s first openly gay representative in 2014, and is currently serving his third term in the state house. He is the Democratic Vice Chair of the Appropriations committee. Jon has served as a leading voice for free and fair elections and LGBTQ equality, previously serving as the Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats.
Michigan County and Municipal
Derrell Slaughter, Ingham County Commission Derrell was elected to the Ingham County Commission in 2018. He has worked on number of progressive campaigns, adn serves on the boards of the Michigan ACLU and NAACP.
Meredith Place, Kalamazoo County Commission Raised by a public school teacher and a disabled Vietnam veteran, Meredith was elected to the Kalamazoo County Commission in 2018. Meredith works for the labor movement and focuses on good government on the Commission.
Stephen Wooden, Kent County Commission Stephen won his seat on the Kent County Commission in 2018, despite opposition from the De Vos family, who funded his opponent. Stephen Wooden is an advocate for for affordable housing and renewable energy.
Erin Byrnes, Dearborn City Council Erin was elected to City Council in 2017. She’s the Chair of Dearborn’s City Beautiful Commission, and works as the lead for democratic engagement, including voter registration and turnout efforts, at the University of Michigan.
Brian Jackson, Lansing City Council Brian was elected to Lansing City Council in 2017. He is a criminal defense attorney and teaches “Know Your Rights During Police Encounters” classes, as well as represents students during expulsion and suspension hearings. He also coaches football and track at Sexton High School.
Aaron Stephens, East Lansing City Council Aaron was elected to the East Lansing City Council in 2017, when he was still a student at Michigan State University. He has focused on investing in green energy sources and affordable housing in East Lansing.
Maria Taylor, Farmington City Council Maria was the highest vote-getter in the 2017 Farmington City Council election, winning more support than even the incumbent mayor.
Ohio State House
Jessica Miranda, State House District 28 A former school board member, Jessica won her 2018 election to state representative by just 56 votes. She represents an area just north of Cincinnati and focuses on supporting public education.
Sedrick Denson, State House District 33 A union organizer, Sedrick won a competitive primary and general election in 2018 to represent a portion of Cincinnati in the State House. His background is as a labor organizer and environmental activist.
Ohio County and Municipal
Mohamed Al Hamdani, Dayton School Board Mohamed was elected to the Dayton School Board in 2017, just a year after Trump won the county. On the school board, Mohammed has focused on building relationships between schools and communities, supporting teachers, and creating programs for students of color.
Aryeh Alex, Franklin Township Trustee Aryeh was elected Township Trustee in 2017. As an elected official, he has worked to combat the opioid crisis in Franklin County, securing funding to supply first responders with naloxone and creating drug drop-off stations at public buildings.
Megan Kilgore, Columbus Auditor As the Columbus City Auditor, Megan uses her skills in municipal finance to support affordable housing and unionized jobs in publicly financed projects. Megan was the first openly LGBTQ person elected to executive office in Columbus.
Nick Komives, Toledo City Council Nick was elected to the Toledo City Council in 2017, after many years as an activist in the LGBTQ rights and Black Lives Matter movements. On the Council, he chairs the Water Quality & Sustainability Committee, working to keep Lake Erie healthy.
North Carolina State Senate
Mujtaba Mohammed, Senate District 38 Mujtaba defeated an anti-LGBT Democratic incumbent in 2018, and now serves on the State Senate Appropriations, Judiciary, and State and Local Government Committees. He is a children’s aid lawyer.
North Carolina State House
Ashton Clemmons, State House District 57 Ashton is a current former public school teacher, principal, and is currently the assistant superintendent of Thomasville City Schools. She is focused on investing in public education and expanding Medicaid.
Cecil Brockman, State House District 60 First elected in 2015, Cecil Brockman is the only openly bisexual member of the North Carolina State House. He has sponsored legislation to bring automatic voter registration to North Carolina.
Chaz Beasley, State House District 92 Chaz was the only candidate to flip a North Carolina State House seat blue in 2016. In his first term, Chaz passed a bipartisan bill supporting survivors of sexual violence.
North Carolina County and Municipal
Matt Calabria, Wake County Commission As a Wake County Commissioner, Matt worked for free school meals, a higher county-wide minimum wage, and services for senior citizens. He is currently serving his second term.
Vernetta Alston, Durham City Council First elected in 2017, Vernetta is a former death penalty attorney whose work exonerated North Carolina’s longest-serving death row inmate. She is the Chair of the Council’s Legislative Committee.
Jillian Johnson, Durham City Council Jillian is currently the Mayor Pro Tem of Durham. First elected in 2015, she came up through community organizing movements. She has worked for racial justice, affordable housing, and fair wages on the Council.
Dimple Ajmera, Charlotte City Council Dimple is the first Asian-American and youngest woman to serve on the Charlotte City Council. She was appointed to a vacated seat in spring of 2017 and won a full term that November. On the council, she focuses on decarbonization and affordable housing.