HVCLC Candidate Endorsements – August 2014

The Primary elections are less than one month away! On Tuesday, August 5th, you have an opportunity – and, we would argue, a duty – to vote in the Primaries. As you know, for many Washtenaw County races, whoever wins the Democratic primary is very likely to win the November election. So it’s vital that we support worker-friendly candidates this August 5th.

How do we identify such candidates? The Huron Valley Central Labor Council (HVCLC) gathered surveys from 31 candidates for political and judicial office. We read their answers and then we met with each of them over two evenings. Based on this evidence, the HVCLC’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) made recommendations that were discussed and voted on at the HVCLC’s monthly Delegates meeting in June.

In this way, we came up with the Primary endorsements listed below. (We also endorsed a number of excellent candidates who do not face Primaries. These are listed in on our Non-Primary Endorsements page.)

Congressional Districts
7th CD Pam Byrnes
12th CD Debbie Dingell

City of Ann Arbor
Mayor Chris Taylor
City Council Ward 1 Don Adams
City Council Ward 2 Kirk Westphal
City Council Ward 3 Julie Grand

City of Ypsilanti
Mayor Peter J. Murdock
City Council Ward 3 Brian P. Robb

Washtenaw County Commission
4th District Felicia Brabec
6th District Ronnie Peterson
7th District Andy LaBarre
8th District Yousef Rabhi
9th District Conan Smith

Judicial Offices
Washtenaw County Probate Court Tracy Van den Bergh
22nd Circuit Court Patrick Conlin

To make it easier to vote, we encourage you to consider voting by absentee ballot. Here is a web link to the application form (PDF):

If you meet one or more of the qualifying conditions, you can fill out and mail this form to your city or township clerk. Your request for a ballot must be received by 2pm, July 26, 2014, the Saturday before primary election day. But please do it sooner to allow for delivery time.

If your request is received in time, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you. When you get it, fill it out, put it back in the mail and you’ve voted in the Primary! All absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 8pm on Election Day. Again, getting it in the mail well before that would be good!

Also, if you have a spouse or partner, or voting-age children in your household, please share this information with them. We are stronger when our whole families vote together.

Last but not least, we need your help to make sure that we do not get a repeat of the disaster of the off-year election of 2010, when one million registered Democrats failed to vote. You don’t need to belong to a union to be part of the labor movement. If you want to help boost turn-out for the pro-labor candidates we have endorsed, please go to this web site, where you can see – and sign up for – the times when union members and labor movement activists will be phone banking:

Questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Steve Gulick (734-355-7443), Ron Motsinger (734-255-1426), Tad Wysor (734-883-3225), or Wes Prater (734-944-0808).

In Solidarity,

Ian Robinson
President, HVCLC

Steve Gulick
Director, HVCLC COPE

Follow-Up Meeting on AAPS Privatization Monday 7-7-14, 8 PM

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Privatization Working Groups established last Monday are meeting tonight, Monday 7-7-14 at 8pm at the LEO/GEO offices (339 E. Liberty, Suite 340).

We will meet together as a general assembly so that everyone hears the updates. If there are questions of strategy that need discussion as a result of what we learn in these updates, we can deal with that next. Then we can re-assemble into our working groups and work out the next steps for each group.