Who am I?

Garnet Lewis currently serves as the General Manager for Allicom Investments, LLC and Vigano, LLC, based in Freeland, MI. She has 25+ years of professional experience in higher education including serving as the Associate Director of Professional Education at Central Michigan University, as Director of Institutional Research at Saginaw Valley State University, and as the Associate Vice President for Student Services at Tarleton State University. She received her Bachelor of Science from Truman State University in 1983, her Master of Arts in Education from Northern Michigan University in 1986, and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of North Texas in 1992.

Lewis has immersed herself in her community and the State. Her community commitment has prompted her to serve the Saginaw Commission on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, the Dow Events Center Board, and Saginaw County and City as an elections poll worker. At Northern Michigan University, her alma mater, she has served on the Board of Control since 2009 and was on the Board of Directors of the NMU Foundation for two years.

Garnet was a founding member of The Saginaw Democratic Club, and has served as the Chair of the Saginaw Democratic Party. In 2008, she was a candidate for the 98th State House District. In 2011-2012, she worked for the Michigan Democratic Party as the Director of the Joint Legislative Campaign, where she developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to regain control of the State House and Senate.

Why am I running?

As a long-time resident of SD32, I am committed to representing the interests and needs of all constituents. As a small business owner, I will work every day to find ways to put the district and state on the path to economic development, recovery and sustained growth. As a former educator, I commit to strengthening schools because I firmly believe that a strong education system strengthens our economy. And, as a community volunteer for many years, I will work to make people’s lives easier so they can achieve their goals and earn a living wage.

I will never forget that our young people want a good education so they can graduate, find employment, purchase a home, and raise a family here.

I will stand up for the interests of our seniors who have worked hard all of their lives and want nothing more than to enjoy their retirement without having to support tax cuts to corporations and special interests.

I will be a State Senator who puts partisan politics aside and will represent the district with honesty and integrity.

My Goals

The three top priorities of the campaign will be:
1. Strengthening economic growth & small business development,
2. Strengthening educational opportunity, and
3. Strengthening county and state infrastructure.

My DFA Values

As a longtime community volunteer and grassroots activist, my priority has always been to promote progressive values and support candidates who embody the values that are described on your page.

My Campaign is People Powered!

To date I have been actively recruiting campaign supporters and volunteers through:
1. The Saginaw Area Democratic Club - a progressive, Democratic organization of volunteers who have actively recruited and supported progressive candidates since 2005.
2. The Perceptions SV (http://perceptionssv.org/) and state-level LGBT communities (www.facebook.com/TheLGBTACaucusoftheMDP).
3. College Democrats - of Saginaw Valley State University, Mott Community College, and Central Michigan University.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Ellen Heinitz
  • Trevor Belger
  • Keith Becker
  • Vince Mosca
  • Kerri Brancheau
  • KITTY PACKARD
  • Scott Urbanowski, MI
  • Dorothy Johnson, MI
  • Amy Kierzek
  • Sean Walser, MI
...and 10 more.


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?

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