Thanks to all Democrats for your hard work and support as we celebrated a historic Election night. Our campaign was led by President Barack Obama’s re-election as our nation’s first African-American President. This is a huge win in a state where Republicans were hyping their ground game and touting certain victory in a state which the Republican candidate called home in his youth.
President Obama wasn’t the only Democrat to win re-election statewide in Michigan. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow cruised to victory winning by more than 900,000 votes, 58 to 38 percent. Two years ago Republicans were crowing about their prospects in Michigan, but Sen. Stabenow made a compelling case for her re-election by standing up for the auto industry, fighting for Michigan agriculture and protecting the Great Lakes. For six straight elections since 1996, Michigan Democrats have held onto our two U.S. Senate seats, with Sen. Carl Levin winning his seat in 1996 and being re-elected twice, and now Sen. Stabenow winning her third consecutive Senate race.
Gary Peters, our former congressman prior to re-apportionment, cruised to re-election in his new district and will be joined by Democrats John Dingell, John Conyers, Sandy Levin, and Dan Kildee who were also elected to Congress.
In the House, Michigan Democrats made significant progress toward the majority, picking up a net gain of five seats. In an extremely close race for the Michigan Supreme Court, Bridget Mary McCormack has won election to the Court, with Judge Connie Marie Kelley coming within about 100,000 votes of taking the second seat. The Michigan Democratic Party swept the education board races, with all eight of our candidates winning their races. Democrats now control all of the boards by a 6-2 margin.
Democrats also made significant gains in the Oakland County races. Oakland County voters retained all of their Democratic countywide officeholders and added two new Democrats, Lisa Brown as County Clerk and Jim Nash as Water Resources Commissioner. Special thanks and recognition goes out to Joanna VanRaaphorst for running a high energy, extremely competitive campaign for State Representative. She made local Democrats and independents very proud. Thanks Joanna, we hope you stay active in local politics.
Congratulations to Tim Greimel on his election as House Minority Leader. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and Rochester Area Dem Club member was chosen to lead the Democratic caucus in the 97th State Legislative session starting January 1, 2013. Since Tim arrived in the House after a special election in February and served less than half the term it does not count as a term under the term limits law. Prior to his election to the State House, Tim served six years on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, where he served as its Democratic leader. He also previously served as president of the Rochester board of education.
Our Democrats are reform-minded and independent voters. When the Democratic Party nominates progressive and reform candidates, we know those candidates will win in the Rochester Area.Our party is dedicated about fixing Michigan - identifying our problems, developing solutions consistent with our shared values and bringing those solutions to reality as quickly and effectively as possible.
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