Every election year the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness surveys state legislative candidates about their knowledge of homelessness. This year we’ve received many responses, but we would like to further increase candidate participation with the help of our community advocates.

Where do your Michigan state legislative candidates stand on issues of homelessness? Are they familiar with the services and systems to prevent and end homelessness in your community? What potential state solutions would they support? Would they become a champion on issues of housing affordability and homelessness if elected to serve?

The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness asks these questions and more in our 2018 Candidate Questionnaire. Engaging with candidates allows us, and you as their constituents, to begin important dialogues now before they take office. We’re excited to see a large response rate, with responses from around 1/6 of candidates from the 38 senate districts and 110 house districts. But now we need your help.

Who better to engage these candidates about issues of homelessness than the local advocates and voters in their district? Help us reach out to those who have yet to submit their responses and remind them how important it is for them to engage on issues of housing and homelessness.

We are sharing these candidates’ responses publicly so community advocates will be aware of their candidates’ positions on issues of homelessness when they head out to vote in the polls this November.


How Can You Help?

Get your Michigan House and Senate candidates to complete the questionnaire!

  • Download this toolkit to learn more about how to engage: Candidate Engagement Toolkit
  • You can access the full questionnaire to send to your candidate in printable PDF here or as an online survey here.
  • Don’t know who your candidates are? Find your senate district here and your house district here based on your address.
  • We’ve put together a list of candidate websites, with their contact information if available, here.
  • Have questions or need help, contact Laurel Burchfield at lburchfield@mihomeless.org.

For the candidates who already responded, you can access their responses below. For the candidates who haven’t responded, MCAH encourages local advocates to reach out to them.

Candidate Responses (as of September 24, 2018)

If your district’s candidates have responded their name will be highlighted with a link to their responses. This list will continue to be updated as responses are received until October 26.

House District 1: Mark Corcoran-R | Tenisha Yancey-D | Gregory Croswell-L

House District 2: John Palffy-R | Joe Tate-D

House District 3: Dolores Brodersen-R | Wendell L. Byrd-D

House District 4: Howard Weathington-R | Isaac Robinson-D

House District 5: Dorothy Patterson-R | Cynthia A. Johnson-D

House District 6: Linda Sawyer-R | Tyrone Carter-D

House District 7: Marcelis Turner-R | LaTanya Garrett-D

House District 8: Valerie R. Parker-R | Sherry Dagnogo-D

House District 9: James Stephens-R | Karen Whitsett-D

House District 10: William Brang-R | Leslie Love-D

House District 11: James Townsend-R | Jewell Jones-D

House District 12: Michelle Bailey-R | Alex Garza-D

House District 13: Annie Spencer-R | Frank Liberati-D

House District 14: Darrell Stasik-R | Cara Clemente-D

House District 15: Doug Mitchell-R | Abdullah Hammoud-D

House District 16: Jody Rice-White-R | Kevin Coleman-D

House District 17: Joe Bellino, Jr.-R | Michelle LaVoy-D

House District 18: Kyle McKee-R | Kevin Hertel-D

House District 19: Brian Meakin-R | Laurie Pohutsky-D

House District 20: Jeff Noble-R | Matthew Koleszar-D

House District 21: Darian Moore-R | Kristy Pagan-D

House District 22: Arthur Blundell-R | John G. Chirkun-D | Matt Kuehnel-L

House District 23: Michael Frazier-R | Darrin Camilleri-D

House District 24: Steve Marino-R | Laura Winn-D

House District 25: Jazmine Early-R | Nate Shannon-D

House District 26: Al Gui-R | Jim Ellison-D

House District 27: Janet Flessland-R | Robert Wittenburg-D | Benjamin Carr-L

House District 28: Aaron Delikta-R | Lori Stone-D | Ryan Manier-L

House District 29: Timothy Carrier-R | Brenda Carter-D

House District 30: Diana Farrington-R | John P. Spica-D

House District 31: Lisa Valerio-Nowc-R | William Sowerby-D

House District 32: Pamela Hornberger-R | Paul Manley-D

House District 33: Jeff Yaroch-R | Andrea Geralds-D

House District 34: Henry Swift-R | Sheldon Neeley-D

House District 35: Theodore Alfonsetti III-R | Kyra Harris Bolden-D

House District 36: Doug Wozniak-R | Robert Murphy-D | Benjamin Dryke-L

House District 37: Mitch Swoboda-R | Christine Greig-D

House District 38: Kathy Crawford-R | Kelly Breen-D | Brian Wright-L

House District 39: Ryan Berman-R | Jennifer Suidan-D | Anthony Croff-L

House District 40: David Wolkinson-R | Mari Manoogian-D

House District 41: Doug Tietz-R | Padma Kuppa-D

House District 42: Ann Bolin-R | Mona M. Shand-D

House District 43: Andrea Schroeder-R | Nicole Breadon-D

House District 44: Matt Maddock-R | Laura Dodd-D

House District 45: Michael Webber-R | Kyle Cooper-D

House District 46: John Reilly-R | Mindy Denninger-D

House District 47: Hank Vaupel-R | Collen Turk-D

House District 48: Al Hardwick-R | Sheryl Y. Kennedy-D

House District 49: Patrick Duvendeck-R | John Cherry-D

House District 50: Trace Fisher-R | Tim Sneller-D

House District 51: Mike Mueller-R | David Lossing-D

House District 52: Teri Aluto-R | Donna Lasinski-D

House District 53: Jean Holland-R | Yousef Rabhi-D

House District 54: Colton Campbell-R | Ronnie Peterson-D

House District 55: Bob Baird-R | Rebekah Warren-D

House District 56: Jason Sheppard-R | Ernie Whiteside-D

House District 57: Bronna Kahle-R | Amber Pedersen-D

House District 58: Eric Leutheuser-R | Tamara Barnes-D

House District 59: Aaron Miller-R | Dennis B. Smith-D

House District 60: William Baker-R | Jon Hoadley-D

House District 61: Brandt Iden-R | Alberta Griffin-D

House District 62: Dave Morgan-R | Jim Haadsma-D | Peter Kobs (unlisted)

House District 63: Matt Hall-R | Jennifer Aniano-D | Ronald Hawkins-L

House District 64: Julie Alexander-R | Sheila Troxel-D | Norman Peterson-L

House District 65: Sarah Lightner-R | Terri McKinnon-D |  Jason B. Rees-L

House District 66: Beth Griffin-R | Dan Seibert-D

House District 67: Leon Clark-R | Kara Hope-D | Zachary Moreau-L

House District 68: Rosalinda Hernandez-R | Sarah Anthony-D

House District 69: George Nastas-R | Julie Brixie-D

House District 70: James Lower-R | Krestra Train-D

House District 71: Christine Barnes-R | Angela Witwer-D

House District 72: Steven Johnson-R | Ron Drayer-D | Jamie Lewis-L

House District 73: Lynn Afendoulis-R | Bill Saxton-D

House District 74: Mark Huizenga-R | Meagan Carr-D

House District 75: Daniel Schutte-R | David LaGrand-D

House District 76: Amanda Brand-R | Rachel Hood-D

House District 77: Tommy Brann-R | Dana Knight-D

House District 78: Brad Paquette-R | Dean Hill-D

House District 79: Pauline Wendzel-R | Joey B. Andrews-D

House District 80: Mary Whiteford | Mark Ludwig-D

House District 81: Gary Eisen-R | Joshua Rivard-D

House District 82: Gary Howell-R | Christophers Giles-D

House District 83: Shane Hernandez-R | Stefanie Brown-D

House District 84:  Phil Green-R | William Shoop-D

House District 85: Ben Frederick-R | Eric Edward Sabin-D

House District 86: Thomas Albert-R | Lauren Taylor-D

House District 87: Julie Calley-R | Shawn Winters-D

House District 88: Luke Meerman-R | Heidi Zuniga-D

House District 89:  Jim Lilly-R | Jerry Sias-D

House District 90: Bradley Slagh-R | Christopher Banks-D

House District 91: Greg VanWoerkom-R | Tanya Cabala-D

House District 92: Gail Eichorst-R | Terry Sabo-D

House District 93: Graham Filler-R | Dawn Levey-D | Tyler Palmer-L

House District 94: Rodney Wakeman-R | Dave Adams-D

House District 95: Dorothy Tanner-R | Vanessa Guerra-D

House District 96: Susan Kay Kowalski-R | Brian Elder-D

House District 97: Jason Wentworth-R | Bob Townsend-D

House District 98: Annette Glenn-R | Sarah Schulz-D

House District 99: Roger Hauck-R | Kristen Brown-D

House District 100: Scott A. VanSingel-R | Sandy Clarke-D

House District 101: Jack O’Malley-R | Kathy Wiejaczka-D

House District 102: Michele Hoitenga-R | Dion Adams-D

House District 103: Daire Rendon-R | Tim Schaiberger-D

House District 104: Larry C. Inman-R | Dan O’Neil-D

House District 105: Triston Cole-R | Melissa Fruge-D

House District 106: Sue Allor-R | Lora Greene-D

House District 107: Lee Chatfield-R | Joanne Galloway-D

House District 108: Beau LaFave-R | Bob Romps-D

House District 109: Melody Wagner-R | Sara Cambensy-D

House District 110: Gregory Markkanen-R | Ken Summers-D


Senate District 1:  Pauline Montie-R | Stephanie Chang-D

Senate District 2: Lisa Papas-R | Adam Hollier-D

Senate District 3: Kathy Stacker-R | Sylvia Santana-D

Senate District 4: Angela Savino-R | Marshall Bullock-D

Senate District 5: DeShawn Wilkins-R | Betty Jean Alexander-D

Senate District 6: Brenda Jones-R | Erika Geiss-D

Senate District 7: Laura Cox-R | Dayna Polehanki-D | Joseph H. Leblanc-L

Senate District 8: Peter J. Lucido-R | Paul R. Francis-D

Senate District 9: Jeff Bonnell-R | Paul Wojno-D

Senate District 10: Michael MacDonald-R | Henry Yanez-D | Mike Saliba-L

Senate District 11: Boris Tuman-R | Jeremy Moss-D | James K. Young-L

Senate District 12: Michael D. McCready-R | Rosemary Bayer-D |  Jeff Pittel-L

Senate District 13: Marty Knollenberg-R | Mallory McMorrow-D

Senate District 14: Ruth Johnson-R | Renee Watson-D

Senate District 15: Jim Runestead-R | Julia Pulver-D

Senate District 16: Mike Shirkey-R | Val Cochran Toops-D | Ronald A Muszynski-L

Senate District 17: Dale Zorn | Bill LaVoy-D | Chad McNamara-L

Senate District 18: Martin Church-R | Sean McCann-D

Senate District 19:  John Bizon-R | Jason Noble-D | Joseph P. Gillotte-L

Senate District 20: Margaret E. O’Brien-R | Sean McCann-D | Lorence Wenke-L

Senate District 21: Kim LaSata-R | Ian Haight-D

Senate District 22: Lana Theis-R | Adam Dreher-D

Senate District 23: Andrea Pollock-R | Curtis Hertel, Jr.-D

Senate District 24: Tom Barrett-R | Kelly Rossman-McKinney-D | Kate Nepton-L

Senate District 25: Dan Lauwers-R | Debbie Bourgois-D

Senate District 26: Aric Nesbitt-R | Garnet Lewis-D | Erwin Haas-L

Senate District 27: Donna Kekesis-R | Jim Ananich-D

Senate District 28: Peter MacGregor-R | Craig Beach-D | Nathan Hewer-L

Senate District 29: Chris Afendoulis-R | Winnie Brinks-D | Robert VanNoller-L

Senate District 30: Roger Victory-R | Jeanette Schipper-D | Mary Buzuma-L

Senate District 31: Kevin Daley-R | Cynthia A. Luczak-D

Senate District 32: Ken Horn-R | Philip Phelps-D

Senate District 33: Rick Outman-R | Mark Bignell-D

Senate District 34: Jon Bumstead-R | Poppy Sias-Hernandez-D | Max Riekse-L

Senate District 35: Curt VanderWall-R | Mike Taillard-D | Timothy Coon-L

Senate District 36: Jim Stamas-R | Joe Weir-D

Senate District 37: Wayne Schmidt-R | Jim Page-D

Senate District 38: Ed McBroom-R | Scott Dianda-D

By Gabriella Abalo, MCAH Public Policy InternYou can contact them at: gabalo@mihomeless.org.