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republican Candidates - November 6 General Election

United States Senate

United States House of Representatives - 7th Congressional District

 Congressman Tim Walberg,


Bill Schuette,

Attorney General

Secretary of State

Mary Tredar Lang,


Michigan Senate - 16th State Senate District

 Senator Mike Shirkey,

Michigan House - 58th House District

University of Michigan Board of Regents

Michigan State University Board of Trustees

Wayne State University Board of Governors

Michigan Supreme Court Justice

Justice Curtis Wilder,

Justice Elizabeth Clement,


Justices for the Michigan Supreme Court will be found in the non-partisan portion of the ballot.


Branch County Candidates

Branch County Commissioners


District #1 - Terri Norris

District #2 - Leonard   W. Kolcz 

District #3 - Don Vrablic

District #4 - Ted Gordon                 

District #5 - Randall Hazelbaker

County Surveyor - Partial Term Ending 12/31/2020

Ed Reed

Girard Township Trustee - Partial Term Ending 11/20/2020

 George Baker 

Noble Township Supervisor - Partial Term Ending 11/20/2020

 Janet LC Rifenburgh 

Noble Township Trustee - Partial Term Ending 11/20/2020

 Bricelyn Allen 

Union Township Treasurer - Partial Term Ending 11/20/2020

 Tara Powell 

Ballot Proposals



Non partisian website with information on these prospoals is:

Proposal 18-1

 A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers This proposal would: 

• Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption. 

• Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers. 

• Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.

 • Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located. 

• Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions. 

Full official text of the proposal can be found at

 Reference websites supporting a NO vote:

Proposal 18-2

 A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years This proposed constitutional amendment would: 

• Create a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State: 

   o 4 each who self-identify as affiliated with the 2 major political parties; and 

   o 5 who self-identify as unaffiliated with major political parties.

 • Prohibit partisan officeholders and candidates, their employees, certain relatives, and lobbyists from serving as commissioners.

 • Establish new redistricting criteria including geographically compact and contiguous districts of equal population, reflecting Michigan’s diverse population and communities of interest. Districts shall not provide disproportionate advantage to political parties or candidates.

 • Require an appropriation of funds for commission operations and commissioner compensation. 

Full official text of the proposal can be found at:

Talking points supporting a NO vote are as follows:


Michigan Democrats can’t win elections fair and square so they are trying to change the rules. 2018 Democrat front group “Voters Not Politicians” is proposing changes that will rob Michigan citizens of the right to take part in the redistricting process. Here is the truth about this “independent” group.

VNP’s Leadership is biased

  • All seven of the leaders of the Voters Not Politicians (VNP) are known Democrat donors or activists.
  • As of January 2018, there are no former or current Republican officials associated with VNP.
  • The Democrats have tried this before. In 2008 “Reform Michigan Government Now!” was exposed as a partisan front group when a power point on the UAW 1-C’s website was discovered subtitled “Changing the Rules of Politics in Michigan to help Democrats.”
  • Democrats have made this a priority at the national level forming the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), Chaired by Obama ally Eric Holder. Their goal is to is win state elections by pushing ballot initiatives to create “nonpartisan” redistricting commissions and wage legal battles across the country on existing redistricting maps.

The Current System Works

  • Voters already have protections against unfair or biased redistricting. The Legislature, which controls the redistricting process, is accountable to the voters, and can be voted out of office if voters are unhappy with how the lines are drawn. Additionally, the governor also has to sign off on new districts, and the judicial branch is involved if there are any challenges to the new map.
  • Our current redistricting system already protects Michigan voters. We follow federal guidelines ensuring that district lines are made with nearly equal populations and cannot discriminate based on race or ethnicity. We also follow the Apol standards, which bars the Legislature from redistricting by breaking up communities according to demographic information. 
  • Our process strictly adheres to the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 and protects minority voting and representative rights.
  • Our process requires that districts must be contiguous, that county, city, and township breaks must be limited as much as is reasonable, and that districts must be as compact as possible.
  • Since 1982 the Apol standards used in Michigan are held as a national model for fairness, and until December 2017 when the Democrats put forward a challenge to help the Voters Not Politicians group get more exposure, no map adopted by Michigan legislators had ever been invalidated by state or federal courts.

How VNP wants to cheat the system

  • Voters Not Politicians (VNP) focuses on “communities of interest,” a phrase that is defined by VNP as those that “may include, but shall not be limited to, populations that share cultural, or historic characteristics or economic interests.”  That is, a “community of interest” could be defined as people who own pick up trucks, people who share the same sexual orientation, people with blonde hair, etc… It is an arbitrary phrase meant to leave the process completely open to interpretation and manipulation.
  • Neither the legislative, executive, or judicial branch will have any say or veto power over the newly drawn districts, removing the vital checks and balances on which American democracy is based.
  • Control over the random selection process and the application forms used is vested in the Secretary of State’s office, greatly increasing its power and influence at the expense of all other branches of Michigan Government and the citizens of the State.
  • The VNP proposal will increase the Secretary of State’s general fund budget by a budget busting 25%.
  • Voters Not Politicians does not require any experience or training for those who will serve on its proposed commission.
  • Anyone who has served or run for any public or party office during the previous six years is forbidden from serving on VPN’s proposed commission. If you serve as a precinct delegate, for example, you are excluded from service on the commission. This stipulation disenfranchises thousands of qualified Michiganders.
  • Since Michigan does not have party registration, there is no way to validate the claim of a commissioner that they are Republican, Democrat, or Independent.
  • Common sense and experience demonstrate that forming a nonpartisan commission is a pipe dream sold to voters by groups looking to rig the redistricting process.  This proposal by VNP is no exception.

Proposal 18-3

 A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and postelection audits to the Michigan Constitution This proposed constitutional amendment would allow a United States citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to: 

• Become automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license or state-issued personal identification card, unless the person declines. 

• Simultaneously register to vote with proof of residency and obtain a ballot during the 2-week period prior to an election, up to and including Election Day. • Obtain an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.

 • Cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a particular political party when voting in a partisan general election. 

Full official text of the proposal can be found at: