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United States Senate

Marcia Squier

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I was born and raised in Michigan, with a fiercely independent streak. I broke away from my conservative upbringing in order to evolve as a human being. I was initially inspired to run as a Green against Democrat superdelegates because they are the single largest form of voter disenfranchisement in existence today. The 4 Pillars & 10 Key Values all revolve around putting the needs of The People first, which is essential in order to properly represent people. Our entire system has been hijacked by corporate control, and the Green Party is the only party that offers a solution to that.
United States House of Representatives

Jean-Michel Creviere

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District: 2

Stop paying for war, start paying for peace. Creviere for Congress, Creviere for a Real Green New Deal.

Amanda Slepr

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District: 4

Healthcare cost has crippled the working class in the USA. It has left many people in debt and often leads to homelessness, or worse, to death due to non-treatment. Both sides of the duopoly are more concerned lining their pockets from Big Pharma and Big Corporations and Big Money. We have had enough of their "What's in it for me" way of doing business. What benefits the workers and those unable-to-work? Let's try something different!

John Lawrence

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District: 6

I spent the first 30 years of my life as a resident of Kalamazoo. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in the fields of communication and media, along with a major in comparative religious studies. Since becoming politically active and informed during my college years, I have sought to educate myself on the history and tradition of the oppressive power structures of the world we live in. I spent the last two years living in Chicago, actively engaged in the arts scene as a musician, while continuing my day job in logistics for Medspeed, a company that specializes in the movement and distribution of healthcare-related items throughout the country. My hope with this campaign is to better shed light on the nature of the exploitation of the working class, the ways in which it has negatively affected all areas of our society and social well-being. With this, I hope to bring people together in a vision that builds toward America’s future, while also preventing us from the very real threat of destabilizing ourselves (politically, socially, culturally) to the point of all-out armed civil-conflict.

D. Etta Wilcoxon

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District: 13

Clyde Shabazz

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District: 14

I'll be on the ballot as Clyde K. Shabazz, running for the 14th Congressional District. I have lived in the Metro area for over 30 years. I am the host of “In The Green,” Michigan’s longest running environmental, social justice political talk show. Alkebulansoul is my production company for young African-American talent in Detroit. My platform includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income of $1,000 per month; the money to fund this program would come from a 2/3 cut in the U.S. Defense budget. I also favor the legalization of marijuana nationally.
State House of Representatives

Stephen Boyle

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District: 3

Anita Belle

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District: 7

Sherry A Wells

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District: 27

I ran for the State Board of Education for the Green Party in 2014, 2016 and 2018. I attended State Board meetings and school board meetings across the state and listened to teachers, parents and students. The Michigan Constitution gave the State Legislature the duty to adequately fund schools so I am running for the House of Representatives to work to make that happen. My four-leaf clover logo shows my primary issues: Public Education, Public Transit, Protect Families and Prison Reform. Please tell those you know in my 7 communities about my candidacy: Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and the Charter Twp. of Royal Oak. Thank you. NOMINATIONS FOR THIS WILL BE BY THE OAKLAND COUNTY CAUCUS JUNE 12.

Jeffery Rubley

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District: 56

I am the son of conservatives from Oregon, OH. I earned my B.S. in Education at Bowling Green State University. I was fortunate to obtain a teaching job in the same district in which I student taught--Washington Local Schools. I was a teacher at WLS for 8 years before transitioning to being a school counselor in 2008. After obtaining my M.A. in School Counseling from the University of Toledo, I practiced school counseling for three years. I earned an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and became the principal at Dundee Elementary from 2011-2015. After going through a divorce, I inquired about going back to teaching at Dundee Community School. I wanted to be present in my kids' extracurricular endeavors and balance my work/home life. Since 2015, I have been a 6th grade teacher at Dundee Community Schools. Currently, I reside in Monroe, MI with my wife Heather. We share four children as part of a blended family. The current political climate inspired me to run for office. The Green Party's platform and vision match my passion for change. I look forward to a world that is less tribal and more welcoming to alternative life situations. While I support the freedom to follow any religion, I live a secular life. I also support my friends and family who are part of the LBGTQ+ community. I see 2020 as an opportunity to make change that is best for our future generations.

John Anthony La Pietra

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District: 63

For the People – 2020 Michigan's constitution says it right up front: "All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security and protection." But from Detroit to Benton Harbor, from Flint to Fort Custer to Rockford, from the Straits of Mackinac to the Kalamazoo River, in Lansing and East Lansing and Ann Arbor – all across Michigan – we see those who have stolen that power from us, in a hundred different ways, clinging to it. To find a pleasant peninsula today, we need to do more than just look around. We need to take back our power, use it to lift Michigan up from dead last in state government integrity and accountability, and invest it in benefits for the people: • Workplace policies that help all truly essential workers and their families. • Tax, justice, and health systems based on fairness to the people. • Education to raise good citizens, good learners – ready to build a better future. • Sustainable transportation – and other public infrastructure and utilities. • Protection for Michigan's water, air, and soil – and other public trusts. • Fair elections – countable, recountable, and accountable to the people. Our latest crisis has shown us all who's most important to our lives and our livelihoods. It's us. It's each other. We the people have the power to build social connections that bridge our physical distances and personal differences. With those connections, we can create a politics for practice *by* the people to give us government that's *for* the people. It's time. It's past time. But it's not too late. . . . if we the people come together. (Campaign Website has launched – watch for more content soon. . . .) map and description of the 63rd District: https://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/2012DistrictMaps/063.pdf

Eugenio Gutierrez

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District: 69

WE CAN NO LONGER VOTE FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS AND EXPECT ANYTHING TO GET BETTER. The Two headed Snake that controls our government, is devouring and destroying our resources, polluting the air, water, land and our bodies. I want no part of Republican or Democrat views, ideals or values. I prioritize People over profit, People over property, and will not entertain donations from corporations or PAC’s. The only people I will owe anything to, will be to my brothers and sisters, my fellow citizens, my fellow human beings, the voiceless now, and throughout history.

Dalton McCuiston

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District: 71

District 71 is wholly within Eaton County. For years many people within our communities have not been properly represented in government, if represented at all. Our hard-working families deserve to be treated with dignity and to have a say in our governing politics. My campaign plan is to help empower working families by creating with them solutions to problems that have been ignored for decades. I stand for sufficiently-funded schools at all levels, as well as a respectable wage for all teachers. I stand for equality across the board: for equal pay for women and equal rights for LGBTQ persons. I plan to help transition our energy supply by helping pass our Green New Deal. I plan to impose a pollution tax in order to hold companies accountable for destroying our planet. I plan to help take big money out of politics. I will represent all aspects of life. Medicare for all is the goal and together, through ecosocialism, we can reach that goal and more!

Marco Bulnes

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District: 75

Hello: My name is Marco Bulnes. I was born in Honduras in 1974 and came to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1987 when I was 13 years old. I am an entrepreneur, the President and CEO of Mayan Industries, LLC, a company built by the community for the community. I have lived my life based on 6 principals; “No Fear, No Guilt, No Greed” only “Passion, Purpose, and Resilience”. I have faced many obstacles and difficulties and have worked extremely hard to overcome them all. I started my company with 12 pounds of Guatemalan Coffee and 12 pounds of Honduran Coffee in the trunk of my car on 11-11-11. On that day I made a promise to God that I would build with purpose to help those wanting to succeed in life. I believe that our system needs someone that would help our neighbor without worry about the color of their skin or the language they speak but because they are human beings and they live in this world of ours. Everything starts with helping one another; affording opportunities that all of us deserve; overcoming systems that have failed us because we don’t have money or power or at times simply because we are not part of the “higher society”. I am here putting myself in the line of fire for all of those that need a voice, who need someone to understand how hard it is to survive in this city of ours. I believe I am that someone that comes from nothing and is still working hard to help others achieve success. I am here because someone has to speak up for those that can’t or are fearful to do so. I am here because change is needed; I am here because our world needs to be green, our environment needs someone that truly cares and will unite with the community to create this change. I am here because when I win you will have doors open to downtown or anywhere in Grand Rapids to make your dreams come true and change your reality for once and for all. It is time for our community to have a chance! I am here and I am one with the community of Grand Rapids, Michigan. There is so much more to come and I ask everyone over 18 to vote. Vote Green! Remember Marco; United we are strong!

Melissa Noelle

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District: 99

I have lived in Michigan my entire life, I was born in Garden City (Wayne Co.), I was raised in Harrison (Clare Co.), lived in Reed City (Osceola Co.) and now I reside in Mt. Pleasant (Isabella Co,). Our roads and infrastructures are crumbling. When our Governor tells us--the people of this state--that things will get fixed, that person needs to keep their word and get the job done. I am sick and tired of hearing campaign promises and then nothing gets done and the problem gets worse. I drive around the state a lot so I know most of the major roads and where they go. I see construction and patching in places that don't need it as bad as other roads in other towns. The roads in Detroit and surrounding areas are completely destroyed and little has been done to make these roads not only easier to drive on but SAFER; some of the potholes could take a front end out and cause an accident. There must be a way that the state can find a solution to not only fixing all the roads, but making sure they will last. How about using hempcrete? Not only would it finally fix these roads, but it's better for the Earth and environment and it would create hemp farmers, which in turn would create jobs. Affordable housing is not affordable. I now see why Isabella County is the poorest in the state. I had found that hard to believe compared to Lake, Wayne and Luce Counties. But rent here is outrageous, beyond affordable, especially for those like me living on disability payments (I want off it!) which brings in $780.00 a month to cover a $700.00 rent, along with other monthly bills. If we claim we're providing people a minimal amount of cash to live on then one of 2 things needs to happen: either people on disability (SSI &SSD) get more money to live and survive, or landlords and property owners need to lower the cost of housing. If you want people to thrive and put money back into our economy and invest into our future, then we need to make it easier for Michiganders to survive. Food stamps were designed as a backup for food, but now we rely on that $180.00 a month to fill our bellies. If the state wants people to stop using food stamps, then we need to provide enough funds to be used more for food. My 2 boys got sent to prison in 2014 (charged with armed robbery). They were 17 and 20. From that, I learned much about how the State of Michigan ran its Department of Corrections; the whole system needs a revamp. My sons got thrust into an environment that is meant for the worst of the worse. Like my 2 boys, most inmates in our prison system are good people who made a very bad decision. If we offer life skills and teach these inmates the skills they will need when they get out, they could be productive members of society, get good jobs, buy homes and pay taxes. That's how the state should be making money off people, not by the DOC having a revolving door for mistakes and paying corporations for profiting from them. I want Michigan to be the first state to revamp the prison system like Norway and treat our inmates like real people and not animals, and help them become contributing members to society. Once and for all, we must get rid of these damn drugs that have overtaken every county and city in this state. I myself fell into that whole drug use and pill addiction for 20 years and it destroyed my life and my teeth. I almost died twice. When I came home, I got my medical card and I got myself off all narcotics. It was an eye-opener to learn how much the hemp and cannabis industries can offer. Why not have the state make money and make jobs growing and cultivating hemp and cannabis while allowing people to get healthy. We need to teach our children that it is OK to be different, look different, believe differently, think differently and stop the bullying in our schools and on social media. I was that poor fat girl who wore glasses so I know what it's like to be looked at as different and treated like dirt. Since then, I lost weight and got myself healthy and stronger. (No one ever guesses I once weighed 310 pounds.) I see young people looking down on others because of a lack of knowledge. Our children need to realize we ALL come from different genetics and backgrounds and that diversity is a good thing, to accept the fact that everyone is not the same and nor should they be. Individualism is a great thing, learn from it. Our Great Lakes and inland lakes are a mecca for outdoors enthusiasts--I'm one of them. Yet all I see in and around our lakes, rivers, marshlands and shorelines is garbage and waste. Michigan is a beautiful state that offers so much in the areas of hunting and fishing, but all this garbage is polluting the animals we catch or kill to feed ourselves. Young people want challenges, here is one: go out and pick up garbage in every county. Our beautiful state is looking trashier and trashier, so who would want to come here? The town of Harrison had been a nice vacation spot to take your family to do outdoors stuff. Now all you see is houses falling apart and drugs running rampant. If we want tourists to come to these nice towns and bring money, then we as a state need to clean them up and make them places to visit and maybe live. I would love to see towns like Flint, Saginaw and Detroit get back to their glory. Our cities and towns around the whole state have so much to offer people but they need work. Elderly people should not have to decide whether to eat or to pay for medication. In the last years of their lives they may need life-saving medications, but these cost an arm and a leg. Michigan needs to offer something new and improved when it comes to insuring EVERYONE fully. Dental care should be just as important as a 6-month physical. Insurance companies need to work with dispensaries for cannabis users. They paid for 20 years of benzodiazepines, muscle relaxers, nerve relaxers, antidepressants and narcotics for me, why not pay for my healthy medicine. I attended MMCC, Baker College and FSU (no degree...yet). When it comes to higher education, the state needs to push for more trade schools--those are skills that can be used throughout life and offer opportunities. Students who choose to attend college to climb the corporate ladder should not have to take out loans before they are 20. Even tho they graduate college, they are in debt up to their ears and, unless they get that high paying job, they can not pay off that loan and don't get ahead. There has to be a way to make trade schools and colleges affordable so we can get ahead and survive and not live in debt and creditors begging for money. We need a candidate who understands and who listens and most importantly we need a candidate who the people of this beautiful state can talk to and give ideas and suggestions to make their home towns better. If we all work together to make Michigan Green and Great, our next generations will have a good place to call home. I truly believe it is time for a change in our politics and how we are governed. If we as people of the State of Michigan want to make this a good place to call home, then we need to figure out ways to fix situations that help and work for everyone. I truly think our society will become better and our economy will become even better. Time for a change!

Rick Sauermilch

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District: 110

Running in the 110th District (The Western UP) Put the power back in the hands of our communities: -Permanently shutting down the Line-5 Oil Pipeline and stopping its owner Enbridge from building new fossil fuel infrastructure in the Straights of Mackinac. Fund a transition from our reliance on propane to renewable electric and near-zero emission modern wood furnaces. -Protect communities from job losses with Workers Right to Own legislation, giving employees the first right of refusal if the owners sell. This would allow workers to purchase the businesses they work at with state backed loans and use their unemployment savings as collateral rather than allowing businesses to sell to competitors and be shut down,or to ship the business offshore for cheaper labor. -State funding to for research on pumped-hydroelectric storage using the abandoned mining properties in order to expand the research being done by Michigan Tech in the Negaunee Mine to the 110th district and the rest of northern Michigan. This could make northern Michigan the source of storage for renewable energy throughout the region reducing our reliance on disreputable cobalt and lithium suppliers. -Raise corporate tax rates on large firms to fix our roads rather than putting the burden on individual consumers or taking money from other parts of the state budget.
State Board of Education

Tom Mair

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I have lived in Traverse City for 32 years. I attended Ferris State and Grand Valley Universities. I've led our Traverse Watershed Green Party Local for many years and helped it host State Membership Meetings. I was elected as a Grand Traverse County commissioner for a two-year term. While in that position, I was on a county jail ad hoc committee. To me, this meant considering mental health issues, training and transition for inmates after completing a sentence. These issues parallel ones for all students--from the conditions in their lives before they walk through the door to skilled trades training and career education.
Michigan Supreme Court

Susan Hubbard

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I have served in public office for over 28 years, representing the public’s interests. I started out at age 18 with a petition drive to protect seniors from losing their senior citizen home. As a member of the local cable tv commission at age 21, I advocated for local access channels and low rates. At age 24, I was elected to the Dearborn city council. Among other accomplishments, I worked to protect residential neighborhoods from commercial encroachment. My next public office was as a county commissioner. I helped draft the county’s first ever airport noise abatement program that mandated airlines use quieter airplane engines and that regulated take-off and landing times to protect the area residents from noise pollution. I also wrote the county’s first “ethics” ordinance and its first “anti- dumping” law which made it a crime to dump objects and pollutants into county waterways such as Ecorse Creek - punishable by a $500. fine. As a circuit court judge in the domestic division, I saw first-hand the hundreds of people who could not afford attorneys. I applied for and won a state grant to create the state’s first self-help divorce and custody on-line video. As a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, I will continue to place the public’s best interest at the forefront.
County Commission

Eric Borregard

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Washtenaw

District: 2

Eric Borregard for Washtenaw County Commissioner 2nd District My first priority is to protect the water quality in the Huron River. I support a sustainable public transportation system, with more bike paths and safer roads that respect the neighborhoods. Our roads have been extremely muddy the last 3 or 4 years, so I would also like the county board to work with the road commission to add more gravel to our dirt road mix: “More gravel, less mud.” I want a ban on the cutting down of large trees along our roadsides, a permanent ban on the county’s use of herbicides and on the aerial spraying of neighborhoods with pesticides. I’m for disbanding and defunding the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department and reorganizing it to reflect the average demographic of Michigan. Which I believe to be along the lines of 51% women, 14% black, 6% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 74% white and 1% Native American as well as other historically marginalized Americans like the disabled and 6% LGBTQ. The entire department would be laid off in phases and current officers re-interviewed with careful attention paid towards any history of violence. The department would be reduced in size. Military style 1033 program weapons would be sent back to the military or destroyed. Any savings would be redirected into county's mental health and community housing programs. I believe that county services can be delivered much more skillfully, efficiently and respectfully, ensuring that all county activities are transparent & accountable to the public. These include caring more deeply for our most vulnerable people, whether economically, mentally, socially or physically.

James Cole Jr.

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Wayne

District: 2

Destiny Clayton

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Oakland

District: 17

I am an Army veteran who had the opportunity to travel into many different areas in our country, from Alaska to Alabama. There are certain problems that I saw no matter where I went. First, I realized that there were many others like me--poor kids who wanted to build a better life and our only option was to join the military. We need to give our children better options to succeed. Regime change wars need to stop. We have an entire generation of young, poor kids who are scarred for life from combat, not to mention all of the people who have died on both sides. We could be investing that money into our country. We have a huge mental health problem in our country and almost no access to help. Even if there are programs, they are hard to find. We spend too much money putting people in jail. We need to be investing in rehabilitation vs criminal prosecution. We need to make sure that people have reliable forms of transportation. We can continue to be at the front of the technology and build. high-speed rail systems. I hope I can count on your support. NOMINATIONS FOR THIS WILL BE BY THE OAKLAND COUNTY CAUCUS JUNE 12.

Nicholas Rowley

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Oakland

District: 18

I’m a leftist British immigrant who has been a naturalized citizen since 2009. What passes for the left in the US is bizarre and critically wanting in these times where nations that are successfully tackling Convid19 are doing so by adopting actual socialist and people-focused policies and actions. We need politicians who will bring that outlook to the issues at hand. I am one such individual. NOMINATIONS FOR THIS WILL BE BY THE OAKLAND COUNTY CAUCUS JUNE 12.
Township Board

Evelyn Pridemore

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Redford Township Clerk

Jessicia Venture

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Waterford Township Clerk

My name is Jessicia Venture. I am a Berner, Feminist and Hufflepuff. I moved to Waterford early in 2017 and fell in love with the area. I adopted a local park, and have worked on improving it, working with the Waterford Parks and Rec department. I am running to be the township clerk as I believe in the right to vote and have your voice heard is fundamental. I have over a decade’s experience in working elections as an election inspector, maintaining no errors in my precinct. I want to bring renewable options to the local community and have a board that listens to its constituents. I would love to represent the Green Party again as a candidate for office this year in 2020. Together we can venture forward, to a greener future for all. Let me hear you. NOMINATIONS FOR THIS WILL BE BY THE OAKLAND COUNTY CAUCUS JUNE 12.

John Early

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Fenton Township Trustee

Marissa Prizgint

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Northfield Township, Washtenaw County

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 2004 from Central Michigan University with a concentration in Public Administration. I possess an eclectic blend of work and life experiences that make me uniquely qualified to serve my constituents, including bookkeeping, leadership development, process improvements, public speaking, customer service, data processing, and even training others how to conduct impactful meetings. I regularly attend and participate in Board of Trustee and Planning Commission meetings and stay informed and involved on issues that directly impact Northfield Township. My decision to run for Clerk was fueled by my desire to drive political apathy, especially at the local level, from the lives of my neighbors. The Clerk’s office is best positioned to serve those goals. As Clerk, I will make Township business not only transparent, but accessible. I will make running for office as easy as possible for anyone who wishes to serve and will continue my journey to bring my neighbors into the fold. The two-party system has no place in local politics. The Board of Trustees should not toe party lines, but rather examine each issue individually to determine what is best for Northfield Township’s current and future residents. I am honored to run as a 3rd party candidate and grateful for the opportunity to receive a Green Party nomination in June.
University Boards

Brandon Hu

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Michigan State

Hi! I am Brandon (preferred name Raine) Hu, and I am a rising senior, Computer Science major, non-binary individual. I am an Asian Pacific American Student Organization representative to the Associated Students of MSU. I am actively running for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Robin Laurain and I are campaigning as a slate for the two seats for this office. An important issue is the lack of transparency between the students and the Board of Trustees and the Administration that the Trustees have a duty to oversee. I see this as a student. I would also make sure that students, faculty, and staff know that they can approach me and not feel intimidated by my position as Trustee.

Michael Mawilai

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University of Michigan Board of Regents

I attended the University of Michigan for four years. Since then, I have been involved in film/TV/video production, environmental activism, and home property tax foreclosure prevention, first as a volunteer, then hired. An important issue in my campaign for the Board of Regents is the ability of university investment and divestment to create nonviolent social change.

Robin Laurain

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Michigan State

Michigan State University needs transparent leadership. The students deserve Trustees who work for them and who they can trust . I am that person. I am asking you for your vote. Together, we can be the team that leads Spartans through these tough times. Together we are strong: Spartan strong! I am happy to announce that Brandon Hu is also seeking the nomination so please nominate both of us! Two Greens are better than one. As a Michigan State University Trustee, I would welcome as much diversity at our Board of Trustee table as I have at my own dinner table. Being the matriarch of a culturally and racially diverse family, I understand the frustrations that black students/people across the nation are experiencing. Even Covid-19 is more likely to affect our black students more than any other race. My own mother has contracted the virus so I appreciate the fear that our students and faculty feel. As a Trustee, I will take all precautions to keep our campus safe from both infections...racism and Covid 19.

Susan Odgers

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Wayne State University Board of Governors

I received my MA from Wayne State Univ. and completed my doctoral studies there. Twice, I was awarded the Thomas Rumble Fellowship. I have been a college professor at Northwestern MI College for over 30 years, as well as teaching for many years at Ferris State Univ., Grand Valley State University and the Univ. of Nice, FR. I am a very active and experienced community board member (CV to follow) and want the citizens of MI to have representation for WSU outside of the Detroit Metro Area. I am a working woman with a visible physical disability. Remote participation is a social justice issue.