We are returning to Michigan after helping two candidates for state legislature and one Congressional candidate win there in 2018. Michigan has 16 electoral votes, is a key battleground state for the 2020 presidential election, and is only 4 seats shy of the State House turning blue. Michigan House races will feed into up-ballot federal races for House, Senate, and President. Michigan Senator Gary Peters is considered the second-most vulnerable Democrat in the U.S. Senate after Alabama’s Doug Jones and he needs our help.
Michigan 2020 Candidates
Padma Kuppa is running for re-election as representative for District 41 in Clawson and Troy. EBAA supported Padma in 2018, when she won 51.3% of the votes cast and flipped her district blue after years of Republican domination. We are proud to work with her again as she works to promote paid sick leave in Michigan, equal pay for equal work, prescription drug cost reform and her core issue, education. Padma is a mechanical engineer, and a founding member of Troy Interfaith. She is the first Indian-American and first Hindu in the Michigan State Legislature and she has already been named Michigan’s Assistant Whip.
Laurie Pohutsky is running for re-election in District 19 in Livonia. Laurie won her election in 2018 by the slimmest margin in the state - just 224 votes – making her a true “fragile hold.” In her first two years, Laurie, a microbiologist dedicated to bringing a scientific perspective to government, has fought for women’s rights and supported measures to increase funding for local schools. Laurie’s core issues also include the environment and clean water, healthcare and local infrastructure/roads.
Julia Pulver is running in 2020 to flip suburban Detroit’s District 39 from red to blue. District 39 is a critical flip for Democrats to gain control of the State House. Julia, a nurse with over a decade of experience in patient advocacy and public health, supports universal healthcare, unions; and civil rights for women, immigrants and the LGBTQ community. As a representative, she wants to fight for clean water, education and gun reform.