Who am I?

I am attorney, counselor and advocate with a proven record of hard work and successful, active leadership in support of progressive values. I was the first openly gay Ferndale School Board member, Oakland County Commissioner, and the first openly gay Judge in Michigan. I served on the 3rd busiest court in the nation. I was founding President of the Stonewall Bar Association, the Founding Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party LGBT Caucus, and co-founder of The Justice Caucus.

Why am I running?

My vocation is advocacy. I have experience as a community organizer and a long history of effective political activism. Term limitations have created an environment in which inexperience and ignorance prevail in Lansing. I want to apply my advocacy skills to promote good private sector jobs with a living wage, quality public education, collective bargaining, economic justice, environmental responsibility, human rights, reproductive justice and common sense criminal justice reforms.

My Goals

(1) I want the wealthy to pay their fair share and to reform taxes so poor, working and elderly people don't pay disproportionate amounts. This includes repeal of the new tax on pension income in Michigan and changing the homestead tax credit so seniors don't lose their homes to property tax. (2) I want full, fair funding for public schools with preschool education and college courses. This includes holding the Governors "Education Achievement Authority accountable for the way it spends tax dollars. (3) I want marriage equality, adoption laws the prioritize the interests of children, inclusion of ":sexual orientation and gender identity" in the Civil Rights Act and the repeal of obsolete sodomy and gross indecency laws.

My DFA Values

I have organized and led groups to fight for economic justice. I've been a public advocate for equitable taxes and spending to support low income and working people. I wrote, petitioned and campaigned door-to-door for local human rights ordinances that included "sexual orientation and gender identity." I've opposed incineration and supported recycling, and passed a "buy American" ordinance. I was appointed by the Governor and served as the (volunteer) chair of the Executive Clemency Advisory Council for the State of Michigan, and on the Detroit Human Rights Commission. I currently serve on the board of a free medical clinic and I routinely provide low cost and/or free legal services for indigent people.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I've participated in recruiting volunteers and doing door-to-door work for the Royal Oak Human Rights Ordinance. developing valuable contacts for my own campaign. I marched with AFSCME for Labor Day, again making valuable campaign contacts. I attended a Camp Millie Training with The Justice Caucus and met activists from throughout Michigan. I've participated in a Transgender Fair at Affirmations Community Center and as a volunteer at Ferndale Pride. I participated in a National Coming Out Day Shabbat service at a local Jewish Community Center and as a speaker at a Master's Level Social Work Course in Social Justice. Each event had involved obtaining contact information for campaign volunteers.

Voice support


  • David & Sandra Smith
  • Eddie Mulak

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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