Nov. 2 will decide… New Governor & Lieutenant Governor New Governor & Lieutenant Governor Attorney General & Secretary of State Attorney General & Secretary of State All 148 Legislators All 148 Legislators Michigan’s 15 (for now) members of the U.S. House of Representatives Michigan’s 15 (for now) members of the U.S. House of Representatives Two Supreme Court justices Two Supreme Court justices Two statewide ballot questions Two statewide ballot questions State Appeals Court State Appeals Court More than 700 county commission seats and 200 local judicial offices More than 700 county commission seats and 200 local judicial offices
Governor & Lt. Governor Virg Bernero “Angriest Mayor” Mayor of Lansing Running mate: Brenda Lawrence, Mayor of Southfield Rick Snyder “One Tough Nerd” Former Gateway President Running mate: Brian Calley, State Rep. of Portland
Attorney General David Leyton Genesee County Prosecutor Bill Schuette Former member of Congress, State Senator, State Agriculture Department director, Appeals Court judge
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Highly regarded assistant law professor at Wayne State University Ruth Johnson Oakland County Clerk, Former State Rep., Dick DeVos’ running mate for Lt. Gov. in 2006
Michigan Legislature All 148 state lawmakers face voters — 38 in state Senate; 110 in House. 29 of 38 state Senators are term limited 34 of 100 state House members are term limited
State Supreme Court Millions will be spent on both sides of what is supposed to be a “nonpartisan” office. Big prize is majority control of the court and the ultimate decision on “reapportionment” Republican nominees are incumbent Justice Robert Young, and Wayne County Circuit Judge Mary Beth Kelly Democratic nominees are Appeals Court Judge Alton Thomas Davis and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Langford Morris
Young and Kelly Justice Robert Young Former general counsel of AAA Michigan Appointed by Engler in 1999, elected in 2002 Conservative Incumbent Mary Beth Kelly Former commercial litigation at Dickinson Wright Appointed by Engler
Davis and Morris Alton Thomas Davis Current Appeals Court Judge Incumbent appointed after Justice Elizabeth Weaver resigned Langford Morris Oakland County Circuit Court Judge since 1992 Appointed by Engler and won three times
State Supreme Court Alton Thomas Davis Langford Morris Justice Robert Young Mary Beth Kelly ?
U.S. House of Representatives We will elect all 15 (for now) of Michigan’s members in the U.S. House Likely to lose seat after reapportionment Michigan’s current delegation includes 8 Democrats, 7 Republicans Three competitive races
1 st Congressional District Upper Peninsula/Part of Northern MI Gary McDowell Current State Rep. from Rudyard Dan Benishek Tea Party Activist Surgeon from Crystal Falls
7 st Congressional District South-Central Lower Michigan Mark Schauer First-term U.S. Rep. from Battle Creek Tim Walberg U.S. Rep from Tipton
9 st Congressional District Part of Oakland County Gary Peters First-term U.S. Rep. from Bloomfield Hills Rocky Raczkowski Former state House Rep. from Farmington Hills
U.S. House of Representatives Incumbents will win the 12 other seats Democrats control: – U.S. House: 255-178 with 2 vacancies – U.S. Senate: 57-41, 2 independents holding seats GOP must: – win 39 seats held by Democrats to gain control of U.S. House. – win 10 seats held by Democrats to gain control of the U.S. Senate.
Two Statewide Ballot Questions Con-con? Prop 10-1 No felons in office Prop 10-2
Two Statewide Ballot Questions Proposal 1 Every 16 years MI voters are asked if the state should hold a constitutional convention. – If passes, 148 convention delegates would be elected in a statewide election held by May 3, 2011. – Delegates would meet in Lansing by Oct. 4, 2011. – Convention would be unlimited in scope and content — delegates could write a new constitution or offer any amendment. – If an amendment or a new constitution is approved, it must be presented to all MI voters within 90 days Proposal 2 Would prohibit certain felons from holding elected office in Michigan.
Objective & Useful Information www.MIVote.org Non-partisan guide to candidates and issues Secretary of State- http://bit.ly/7cJZSH Elections in Michigan website www.MichiganTruthSquad.com Non-partisan website providing analyses of campaign ads and literature from candidates for Gov., state Legislature and Congress
Thank you. Roger Martin, APR @AdvocateMan firstname.lastname@example.org