Endorsement: For state Legislature from Wayne County
This article has been updated to include correct candidate information in the 16th House District.
Every seat in the state Legislature is on the ballot next Tuesday. Here are our recommendations for House and Senate races in Wayne County, including Detroit:
District 1 (Detroit, parts of Downriver): Democrat Stephanie Chang is seeking to move from the House to the Senate. She faces Republican Pauline Montie of Trenton and Green Party candidate David Bullock of Detroit. Chang has been an effective advocate for her constituents, and should get the seat.
District 2 (Eastern Detroit, Hamtramck, Grosse Pointes): Democrat Adam Hollier is vying with Republican Lisa Papas for this open seat. We endorse Hollier, who offers reasonable solutions for infrastructure and school funding, and is an advocate for supporting job creation and economic development with tax incentives.
District 3 (west Detroit, Dearborn, Melvindale): In another open seat, state Rep. Sylvia Santana, a Detroit Democrat, is hoping to move from the House to the Senate, and is opposed by Republican Kathy Stecker of Dearborn. Santana is a prudent lawmaker, and supported no-fault auto insurance reform.
District 4 (Detroit, Southgate, Allen Park): In this open seat, two newcomers are competing, Democrat Marshall Bullock of Detroit and Republican Angela Savino of Southgate. Bullock, a social worker and district manager in the Mayor Mike Duggan administration, gets the nod.
District 5 (Detroit, Dearborn Heights): Newcomer Betty Jean Alexander stunned incumbent Dave Knezek in the Democratic primary after mounting no visible campaign. She appears to be the creation of Detroit School Board President LaMar Lemons. Voters should be suspicious. The safer vote would be for Republican DeShawn Wilkins, a Detroit small business owner.
District 6 (Westland, Taylor): Democratic State Rep. Erica Geiss is seeking to move from the state House to fill this open seat. Her experience will be valuable in the Senate, and she should be elected over Republican Brenda Jones. Both are from Taylor.
District 7 (Livonia, Plymouth): Republican state Rep. Laura Cox is seeking to move to the Senate and should be supported. She will be a leader of the new Senate, as she was in the House. She's opposed by Democrat Dayna Polehanki and Libertarian Joseph LeBlanc of Plymouth.
District 1 (Detroit, Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods): The seat is sought by Republican Mark Corcoran, incumbent Democratic Rep. Tenisha Yancey and Libertarian Gregory Creswell. Yancey of Harper Woods should be returned for another term.
District 2 (Detroit): Democrat Joe Tate, a former Marine, has a degree in public policy from Michigan State University, where he also played football before going to the NFL. He is competing for the open seat against Republican John Palffy. Tate is the better choice.
District 3 (northeast Detroit): Democratic incumbent Wendell Byrd is seeking a second term and should be r-eelected. He's challenged by Republican Dolores Brodersen.
District 4 (Detroit, Hamtramck): This open seat is sought by Democrat Isaac Robinson and Republican Howard Wethington. Robinson, an attorney, is the better choice.
District 5 (Detroit): Democrat Cynthia Johnson and Repbulican Dorothy Patterson are seeking this open seat. Johnson, an officer with the Michigan Dept. of Corrections, is the better choice.
District 6 (Detroit, River Rouge, Ecorse): Democrat Tyrone Carter and Republican Linda Sawyer are competing for the open seat. Carter is a retired Wayne County Sheriff's lieutenant and is the better pick.
District 7 (Detroit, Highland Park): Democratic incumbent LaTanya Garrett is seeking a third and final term and should be re-elected. She’s opposed by Republican Marcellis Turner.
District 8 (northwest Detroit): Incumbent Sherry Gay-Dagnogo is seeking a third-term, and should be re-elected. Her challenger is Republican Valerie Parker.
District 9 (Detroit, parts of Dearborn): Democrat Karen Whitsett and Republican James Stephens are seeking this open seat. Whitsett, a community activist, should get the seat.
District 10 (Detroit, Redford Twp.): Democratic Incumbent Leslie Love should be reelected. She faces Republican William Brang and Libertarian Jeremy Morgan.
District 11 (Garden City, Inkster and parts of Dearborn Heights): Incumbent Democrat Jewell Jones of Inkster is seeking re-election and should get another term. He's opposed by Republican James Townsend.
District 12 (Taylor, Romulus, Van Buren): Taylor City Councilman Alex Garza, a Democrat, is the preferred choice over Republican Michelle Bailey for this open seat.
District 13 (Southgate, Allen Park): Incumbent Democrat Frank Liberati should be reelected. He is opposed by Republican Annie Spencer.
District 14 (Lincoln Park, Riverview, Wyandotte): Democratic incumbent Cara Clemente should be re-elected. She is opposed by Republican Darrell Stasik.
District 15 (Dearborn): Incumbent Democrat Abdullah Hammoud should be re-elected. He is opposed by Republican Doug Mitchell.
District 16 (Wayne, Westland): Democrat Kevin Coleman, who has served on the Westland City Council, is the best choice for this open seat. He is opposed by Republican Jody Rice-White.
District 19 (Livonia): Livonia City Councilman Brian Meakin, a Republican, is the best choice for this open seat. He's opposed by Democrat Laurie Pohutsky.
District 20 (Northville, Plymouth): Incumbent Republican Jeff Noble should be reelected. He's opposed by Democrat Matt Koleszar.
District 21 (Canton): Incumbent Democrat Kristy Pagan should be reelected. She's opposed by Republican Darian Moore.
District 23 (Romulus, Brownstown): Democratic incumbent Darrin Camilleri should be re-elected. He's challenged by Republican Michael Frazier.