Candidates Putting Our Kids First

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Across Michigan we’ve spent the last three months getting back to basics. More time with family. Less time (read: no time) in the office. Tight quarters and fewer activities.

At GLEP, we’re focused on the “basics,” too. The simple truth is that pro-student, pro-teacher reforms that put kids first in education don’t happen without brave leaders in the state legislature willing to stand up for local families.

That’s why over the past three months, GLEP has been on-the-job, talking with candidates and vetting their positions.

We’re proud now to offer a series of critical endorsements in races this fall for the state House of Representatives. Thus far, we’ve given this important nod to 51 individuals.

GLEP is proud and excited to stand with these men and women because they stand with Michigan’s kids. They know that every child is different and that they deserve schools that put them first, not the education bureaucracy.

We hope you’ll also consider standing with us as we support these candidates. Your contribution to GLEP of $5, $10 or even $50 could make a real difference in a key race that matters most! Partnering with us is simple. Just click here!

We look forward to continuing our work with each of these candidates – incumbents and first-time candidates alike – to advance policies that promote educational freedom for teachers and students across Michigan.

Beth DeShone
Executive Director, Great Lakes Education Project
P.S. Want to know if a candidate won our endorsement in your local House district? Keep reading for a full list of our endorsements.


“Beth DeShone, executive director of the Great Lakes Education Project, a charter school advocacy group, said Michigan trails the rest of the nation with no plans to reopen schools.
“She said school buildings have been closed for more than two months, and districts statewide have submitted “continuity of learning plans” for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, but Whitmer and the state education department have yet to provide any public direction for the upcoming school year.”
“We need to make sure Governor Whitmer is providing clear guidance and a plan so districts can begin doing their work on the ground… so kids can get back in the classroom.”

“How worried Michigan parents are about their kids returning to school in the fall largely depends on if they’re Republicans or Democrats, according to a new poll by an education advocacy group.”


The Great Lakes Education Project is a bi-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization supporting quality choices in public education for all Michigan students. GLEP strongly supports efforts to improve academic achievement, increase accountability and empower parental choice in our schools. 

These candidates do, too, and we’re excited to stand with them:
HD 17 – Joe Bellino
HD 19 – Martha Ptashnik
HD 30 – Diana Farrington
HD 32 – Pamela Hornberger
HD 36 – Douglas Wozniak
HD 39 – Ryan Berman
HD 41 – Evan Agnello
HD 42 – Ann Bollin
HD 43 – Andrea Schroeder
HD 44 – Matthew Maddock
HD 45 – Mark Tisdel
HD 47 – Meghan Reckling
HD 48 – David Martin
HD 51 – Michael Mueller
HD 56 – TC Clements
HD 57 – Bronna Kahle
HD 61 – Bronwyn Haltom
HD 62 – Dave Morgan
HD 63 – Matt Hall
HD 64 – Julie Alexander
HD 65 – Sarah Lightner
HD 66 – Beth Griffin
HD 70 – Patrick Outman
HD 73 – Bryan Posthumus
HD 74 – Mark Huizenga
HD 77 – Tommy Brann
HD 78 – Brad Paquette
HD 79 – Pauline Wendzel
HD 80 – Mary Whiteford
HD 81 – Gary Eisen
HD 83 – Andrew Beeler
HD 84 – Philip Green
HD 86 – Thomas Albert
HD 87 – Julie Calley
HD 88 – Luke Meerman
HD 89 – James Lilly
HD 90 – Bradley Slagh
HD 91 – Greg VanWoerkom
HD 93 – Graham Filler
HD 94 – Rodney Wakeman
HD 97 – Jason Wentworth
HD 98 – Annette Glenn
HD 99 – Roger Hauck
HD 100 – Scott VanSingel
HD 101 – Jack O’Malley
HD 102 – Michele Hoitenga
HD 103 – Daire Rendon
HD 104 – John Roth
HD 106 – Sue Allor
HD 108 – Beau Lafave
HD 110 – Gregory Markkanen

Are you ready to join the fight for changes in Lansing that put Michigan students first – not the education bureaucracy?

Are you ready to back dynamic leaders and candidates campaigning to prioritize kids in schools?
We invite you to join us. Your contribution of $5, $10, or even $50 could make a real difference at the polls this November. Giving is easy. Just click here.