EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce our recommendations for important races for the Michigan Supreme Court, Congress, and the four statewide education boards.
For the Michigan Supreme Court, while only two seats are available, MEA is recommending our members cast their ballot for two of three exceptional candidates for the bench: Sam Bagenstos, Megan Cavanagh and Justice Elizabeth Clement.
“Recommending three Supreme Court candidates is an unusual step for MEA, but it’s reflective of the amazing quality of these three candidates,” said MEA President Paula Herbart. “Sam Bagenstos has dedicated his career to the legal defense of civil rights and workers’ rights that our union holds dear. Megan Cavanagh is a brilliant legal advocate who has both the professional and personal background to be a successful Supreme Court justice. And since being appointed to the court by Gov. Snyder, Justice Elizabeth Clement has shown through her actions that she is a fair and independent arbiter of the law. Voters can do no wrong supporting any two of these three candidates and we’re proud to recommend all of them.”
For Congress, MEA is announcing recommendations in the 11thDistrict for Haley Stevens, in the 9thDistrict for Andy Levin and in the 4thDistrict for Jerry Hilliard. These three join with previously announced recommendations for Matt Morgan in the 1stDistrict; Dr. Rob Davidson in the 2nd; Dan Kildee in the 5th; Gretchen Driskell in the 7th; Elissa Slotkin in the 8th; Debbie Dingell in the 12th; Rashida Tlaib in the 13th; and Brenda Lawrence in the 14th.
“Haley Stevens is a fierce advocate for Michigan’s public education system, and she will not hesitate to stand up to the Trump-DeVos education agenda,” Herbart said. “With her background in STEM education, skills training, and workforce development, Haley will be a champion in Congress for ensuring Michigan educators and students have the support they need to be a success.”
“As a longtime union organizer, Andy Levin will be a strong and much-needed champion for educators in Congress,” Herbart said. “Like us, Andy believes every child deserves a quality public education, and that starts with educators who are respected and compensated like the professionals they are. We trust Andy to fight back against attacks on public schools and advocate for policies that support our educators and students.”
“Jerry Hilliard is a former teacher and community college professor who knows from his time on the front lines of public education what our students and school employees need to be successful,” Herbart said. “We can trust Jerry to tell Betsy DeVos and her allies in Congress exactly how damaging their agenda is for our schools.”
All three candidates were screened and recommended by a committee comprised of MEA members from across their respective districts. These Congressional recommendations were then concurred by the board of the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education at their recent meeting in Washington, D.C.
The Supreme Court recommendations were chosen after interviews held by MEA’s Statewide Screening and Recommendation Committee, comprised of teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, and school retirees from across the state. That committee also conducted interviews and voted to make recommendations for the following candidates for the four statewide education boards:
- State Board of Education – Judy Pritchett and Tiffany Tilley
- MSU Board of Trustees – Brianna Scott and Kelly Tebay
- University of Michigan Board of Regents – Jordan Acker and Paul Brown
- Wayne State University Board of Governors – Bryan Barnhill and Dr. Anil Kumar
These Supreme Court and education board recommendations complete MEA’s statewide list of recommended candidates, along with the union’s previously announced support of Gretchen Whitmer & Garlin Gilchrist for Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Debbie Stabenow for U.S. Senate, Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State, and Dana Nessel for Attorney General.
MEA’s local screening and recommendation process is continuing for state legislative races – a complete list of those recommendations will be released in a few weeks.
Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5508