WASHTENAW COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
VOTER GUIDE
GENERAL ELECTION: TUESDAY, NOV 3, 2020

Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack is seeking re-election to the Michigan Supreme Court where last year her colleagues elected her Chief Justice.

She believes equal justice for all is the core value of our justice system and a fundamental principle of our democracy. That is why since joining the court she has devoted herself to improving the way Michiganders experience the state’s 242 trial courts. She established MI-RESOLVE to help people resolve legal disputes without lawyers and court appearances, with problem-solving courts that address underlying issues like substance abuse that often land people in court, and the use of technology to improve access and accessibility to our courts.

Last spring when the pandemic hit, Michigan’s court system was ready thanks to her leadership. She co-chaired the Governor’s Taskforce on Jail and Pretrial Reform, which last February offered evidence-based and values-driven reform proposals designed to make Michigan’s communities safer, stronger and more just. Those proposals are now before state lawmakers. To learn more visit bridgetmarymccormack.com.

Elizabeth Welch has dedicated her 25-year legal career to making Michigan work for us all through her employment law practice, public school advocacy, conservation leadership, election protection work, and extensive community service.

She is running for the Michigan Supreme Court to add her fair and balanced lens to the Court and to ensure all courts in our State are accessible to our communities. Ms. Welch is endorsed by the Michigan Democratic Party (including over 50 Democratic County Parties, Clubs, Caucuses, and Congressional Districts), the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), the Michigan Education Association (MEA), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV), and numerous other unions and progressive organizations. Ms. Welch is a dedicated public servant and a fighter for equal justice. Safer and fair working conditions, equity in education, protecting our natural resources, and ensuring that the law is applied fairly to all people of Michigan are the hallmarks of Ms. Welch’s vast and respected career.

A bridge builder and a fierce advocate, Ms. Welch is ready to bring her diverse experience to the highest court in our state. You can find out more about her campaign and get involved at welchforjustice.com.

52ND HOUSE DISTRICT: DONNA LASINSKI

Chelsea, Dexter & Saline cities,
Bridgewater, Dexter, Freedom, Lima, Lodi, Lyndon, Manchester, Northfield, Salem, Saline, Scio, Sharon, Sylvan & Webster Townships.

Representative Donna Lasinski was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2016, after serving on the Ann Arbor Public School Board. Representative Lasinski is a former small business owner focused on helping children have education-rich summer learning experiences. In the Michigan House of Representatives, Ms. Lasinski has focused on infrastructure, clean water and small business growth. To learn more, see votedonnalasinski.com.

53RD HOUSE DISTRICT: YOUSEF RABHI

Ann Arbor city

Representative Yousef Rabhi is the Democratic Floor Leader in the Michigan House of Representatives and has served since 2016, fighting for single-payer universal healthcare, Green New Deal policies at the state level, justice for all, and reversing funding cuts to public schools and universities. He currently serves on the Government Operations Committee. To learn more, see voterabhi.com.

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY: ELI SAVIT

Eli Savit is running for Washtenaw County Prosecutor to ensure equitable justice for all Washtenaw County residents. A Washtenaw County native, Mr. Savit grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. He graduated from Kalamazoo College, where he played college basketball and was voted senior class commencement speaker. Mr. Savit started his career as a public school teacher, teaching special-education and general-education 8th grade American history. He then returned home to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan Law School, and currently serves as the City of Detroit’s senior legal counsel. To learn more, see eli2020.com.

SHERIFF: JERRY CLAYTON

Jerry Clayton is the Washtenaw County Sheriff. He was first elected in November 2008 in a countywide race, and re-elected in 2012. Prior to his election, Mr. Clayton served in the sheriff’s office for 20 years before retiring in 2006. Just before his retirement, he served as the Washtenaw County Jail administrator. His career also included assignments as a Corrections Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Shift Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant, County Court Security Commander, SWAT Team Commander, Corrections Division Commander and Police Services Division Commander.