EDITORIAL

For Legislature, from Wayne Co.

The Detroit News

All seats in the Michigan House of Representatives are up for election this year.

Here are our recommendations in Wayne County:

State Senate (special election)

District 4: To replace ex-Sen. Virgil Smith, Democrat Ian Conyers is the better choice. With a background in urban planning, Conyers, the nephew of U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., could help Detroit’s recovery.

State House

District 1 (Detroit, Grosse Pointe Woods, part of Grosse Pointe Shores, Harper Woods): Republican William Broman gets our endorsement over Democrat incumbent Brian Banks, who has been again charged with a felony on top of past felonies. He’s also been convicted of writing bad checks and credit card fraud. He’s entirely unfit for office. Broman, a Grosse Pointe Woods native, works for a Michigan-based automotive supplier. His key issues include increasing access to childcare for parents pursuing a college degree, establishing a standard for education technology infrastructure for all school districts statewide, and bringing innovation and research and development centered businesses and jobs back to Detroit’s neighborhoods.

District 2 (East side of Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park): No information is publicly available for Republican Anthony Murray and Democrat Bettie Cook Scott has registered that she lives in several different locations, calling into question not only her residency but also her trustworthiness. Therefore we decline to endorse in this race.

District 3 (Detroit): Incumbent Democrat Wendell Byrd receives our endorsement in this race. He’s worked across the aisle on bipartisan legislation, and recently sponsored a bill to extend search and seizure protections to electronic devices and communications.

District 4 (east side Detroit, Hamtramck): Incumbent Democrat Rose Mary Robinson receives our endorsement over Republican Matt Schonert, for whom there is no available information.

District 5 (Detroit): Incumbent Democrat Fred Durhal III receives our endorsement over Republican Dorothy Patterson, for whom there is no available information.

District 6 (Southwest Detroit, Ecorse, River Rouge): Incumbent Democrat Stephanie Chang receives our endorsement in this race. Chang has served her constituents well in her first term and is a fresh voice advocating for issues that matter to Detroiters.

District 7 (part of Detroit, Highland Park): Incumbent Democrat LaTanya Garrett receives the endorsement over challenger Republican Attie Pollard, for whom there is little available information.

District 8 (Detroit): Incumbent Democrat Sherry Gay-Dagnogo receives our endorsement in the absence of information available for challenger Republican Jennifer Rynicki.

District 9 (parts of Dearborn and Detroit): Democrat Sylvia Santana receives our endorsement in this race over Republican James Stephens, for whom no information is available. Santana has 15 years of experience in the financial services sector and seems to have a pragmatic approach to governing with a focus on helping the economy grow by strengthening small businesses.

District 10 (Detroit, Redford Township): Incumbent Democrat Leslie Love receives our endorsement in this race. She’s been active on a number of issues critical to Detroiters in her first term.

District 11 (Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, Livonia, Westland): In the absence of available information about Republican Robert Pope, Democrat Jewell Jones receives our endorsement. He was chosen to fill the spot left vacant by the death of Rep. Julie Pawlecki, and was the youngest member ever elected to Inkster’s City Council.

District 12 (Romulus, Taylor, Van Buren Twp.): Incumbent Democrat Erika Geiss is the better choice in this race. Geiss has served her constituents well and is focused on the critical task of improving workforce development in her district.

District 13 (Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Southgate): Incumbent Democrat Frank Liberati is the better choice against Republican challenger Annie Spencer. Liberati has done a good job in his first term, and as a business owner offers the best experience for Michigan residents.

District 14 (Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Riverview, Wyandotte): No information is available about any of the three candidates in this race so we decline to endorse.

District 15 (Dearborn): Republican Terrance Gerin receives our endorsement in this race. Gerin believes in limited government and would fight for small businesses and economic growth in Dearborn.

District 16: (Wayne, Westland): Republican Matthew Morrow receives our endorsement over incumbent Democrat Robert Kosowski. Morrow is committed to reducing regulations, enhancing skilled trades training, and tackling poverty in his district.

District 19 (Livonia): Incumbent Republican Laura Cox receives our endorsement over Democrat Steve King. A former Wayne County commissioner, Cox was one of a few who fought for fiscal restraint in the county and held true to principles of limited government and personal responsibility. She has done well in the Legislature in her first term and deserves a second.

District 20 (Canton Twp., Northville, Northville Twp., Plymouth, Plymouth Twp.): Republican Jeff Noble receives our endorsement over Democrat Colleen Pobur. He’s committed to attracting new jobs to the state – without corporate welfare – and supports more transparency and accountability in government.

District 23 (Brownstown Twp., Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Twp., Huron Twp., Trenton, Woodhaven): Republican Robert Howey is the better choice in this race. A business owner, Howey would focus on jobs, economic development and lower taxes, and also supports curriculum choice programs and enhanced workforce preparation.