MEA announces initial candidate recommendations for Congressional races

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce the following recommendations of candidates for Michigan Congressional districts:

  • 3rd District – Hillary Scholten
  • 6th District – Debbie Dingell
  • 7th District – Elissa Slotkin
  • 8th District – Dan Kildee
  • 10th District – Carl Marlinga
  • 12th District – Rashida Tlaib

“Local educators interviewed candidates in their congressional districts and are proud to support friends of public education for election this fall,” MEA President Paula Herbart said. “Our recommended candidates share the values of everyday students, parents and working families across the state, and these candidates will partner with educators to help Michigan children get the education they deserve.”

All six of the recommended congressional candidates were screened and recommended by committees comprised of MEA members from the districts. Dingell, Kildee, Slotkin and Tlaib were eligible for continuing recommendations under MEA rules, as they were previously recommended in 2020. Local committees are continuing to screen candidates in other congressional and state legislative districts, and further recommendations will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

These federal recommendations were then concurred by the board of the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education at its recent meeting in Washington, D.C.

As the state’s largest school employee union, MEA members — who live and work in every Michigan county — have a long history of political engagement and helping friends of public education win elections.

The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education provides direct financial support to candidates for president, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate who will fight to support teachers, staff and students and improve public education.

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