Here in The UP there are multiple chairs open for next months election, Voters will decide on a number of statewide races in just four weeks.
Midterm elections are on Tuesday, November 8th, here’s a rundown of what you need to know before you head to the polls.
There are three major statewide races this year, the gubernatorial elections will be top of the ballot.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is the incumbent, running for a second term as the Michigan democratic candidate. Tudor Dixon is the republican candidate running in opposition to Governor Whitmer. Dixon is running to protect parents say in public education, enforce public safety, and insure election integrity.
The current secretary of state, Jocelyn Benson, is also running for reelection as the democratic candidate. Kristina Karamo is the republican candidate running against Benson. Karamo says she is fighting to make sure that elections are decided by legal votes, and not by what she says is manipulation and corruption.
Our current democratic attorney general Dana Nessel is running against the republican candidate Matthew DePerno. DePerno is an attorney from Troy, Michigan. DePerno says he intends to go after public and private institutions that uphold COVID mandates, and put an end to critical race theory.
DePerno, as well as Karamo and Dixon, are all Trump endorsed republican candidates.
Also at the state level, there are 3 different proposals on the ballot.
Proposal 1 or Voters for Transparency and Term Limits, would put a 12 year term limit on state lawmakers, this would mean that state representative could only serve for a total of 12 years in the state senate or house, and would also create stricter rules for elected officials financial disclosures.
“Require members of the legislature and the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State to disclose their finances. This proposal would bring Michigan in line with 48 states and Congress that currently require disclosures.“
“Reduce term limits from 14 years to a combined 12 years, the limit on terms of service in the Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Senate, but allow the entire 12 years to be served in either the House or Senate, which is currently not permitted.”www.votersfortransparencyandtermlimits.com
Promote The Vote is also on the ballot as proposal 2, if passed, prop 2 is an extensive amendment that would cover many functions of absentee ballots as well as extending to 9 days of early in person voting.
“Promote the Vote 2022 would: Recognize the fundamental right to vote without harassing conduct; Require military or overseas ballots to be counted if postmarked by Election Day; Provide voters the right to verify identity with photo ID or signed statement; Provide the voter right to a single application to vote absentee in all elections; Require state-funded absentee-ballot drop boxes, and postage for absentee applications and ballots; Provide that only election officials may conduct post-election audits; Require nine days of early in-person voting; Allow donations to fund elections, which must be disclosed; Require canvass boards to certify election results based only on the official records of votes cast.”promotethevote2022.com
Prop 3 is reproductive freedom for all, a petition that would make abortion legal in the state of Michigan, and ensure other forms of reproductive healthcare.
“This amendment would make sure that doctors do not go to prison for providing safe medical care and ensures women will have access to a broad range of reproductive health care services. In emergency situations, doctors need to act, and Proposal 3 will stop politicians from getting in between women and their doctors… This proposal will affirm that every Michigander has the fundamental right to reproductive freedom, which involves the right to make and carry out decisions without political interference about all matters relating to pregnancy, including birth control, abortion, prenatal care, and childbirth.”https://mireproductivefreedom.org/
In the congressional race our current representative Jack Bergman is running for a 4th 2-year term against Dr. Bob Lorinser, medical director for the Marquette county health department.
Our state senate seat for the 38th district, covering a majority of The UP is also on the ballot. Ed McBroom, a dairy farmer from Dickinson county, is running for his second 4-year term. McBroom is prolife and supports funding education as well as working class Yooper’s. democrat John Braamse, an NMU graduate, is a born and raised Yooper, and a military vet who is pro choice and wants to invest in education.
The UP’s three state house seats will be on the ballot next month.
current representatives for the 108 and 109 districts, Beau LaFave and Sara Cambensy, are term-limited, leaving both seats open this November.
running for the 108th district, David Prestin of cedar river is a pro-life republican. Prestin’s campaign states he’s experienced business owner who intends to protect small business. Democrat Chris Lopez is an army vet focused on education and creating more energy here in the u-p.
democrat jenn hill will be running against republican melody wagner, in the 109th district. hill is focused on affordable housing, accessible health care, and well paying jobs. in her third time running for the seat, wagner says she wants to focus on ending corrupt car insurance, return municipal monies to local law enforcement, and requesting a federal investigation into dark store theory in michigan.
hancock’s greg markkanen is running for a third term in the 110th. the republican has worked to increase education funding and child welfare. the democratic candidate casey verberkmoes, from hubbell, is in his second election run, after running for the democratic candidacy back in the 2020 primary.
all this and more will be on next months ballot, to find out what else you’ll be voting on in november you can visit michigan secretary of state voter information website.
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her administration has invested in job training, created good-paying jobs and made progress fixing the damn roads and bridges. the governor also made the largest investment in k-12 education in state history and closed the school funding gap – without raising taxes.
tudor dixon’s vision is to dramatically improve michiganders’ quality of life by increasing jobs, improving schools, reducing crime, building reliable roads and infrastructure, ensuring affordable energy for all, and letting michiganders’ keep more of their hard-earned paycheck.