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.
EBAA interns are also working for these two Michigan House candidates
Christine Morse is running for Michigan's State House District 61. As a Michigan native, Kalamazoo County Commissioner, breast cancer survivor, mother of three public school students, wife of a Navy veteran, and small business owner, Christine is running to guarantee healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions, support public schools, and guarantee safe drinking water for all. Winning this Michigan House seat will help flip the state blue by achieving a Democratic majority in the Michigan state House, re-elect Gary Peters to the U.S. Senate, flip the MI-6 Congressional seat blue, and win back the White House.
Dan O’Neil was born and raised in Traverse City. He is a partner in Thompson & O’Neil, one of northern Michigan’s oldest and most respected law firms. He and his wife raised three children there, and Dan has been active in the community, spending more than twenty years on the executive board of the Michigan Association of Justice. He also coached high school and youth sports, served ten years on the Traverse City Planning Commission, the board of Common Cause Michigan and has advocated on the local, state and national levels for campaign finance reform. As the rep. for Michigan’s 104th District of Grand Traverse County, he will work for Michigan’s schools, quality affordable healthcare, affordable childcare and paid family leave, vigorous measures to address gun violence and gerrymandering, and he will fight for clean water especially in the Great Lakes.