By Michael Dahr, Live Science

From commanding eight nuclear reactors to building a telecom infrastructure in Central America, the experiences of U.S. political candidates have gotten more interesting of late. A wave of political hopefuls with science-y backgrounds may soon bring fascinating experiences and vital knowledge to the country’s governing bodies.

Famed astrophysicist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson once lamented that most members of the U.S. Congress are lawyers, with few STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) representatives. “Where are the engineers? Where’s the rest of … life?” he asked in 2011 on the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

The last year has seen hundreds of new candidates try to answer Tyson’s question. More than 450 candidates with STEM backgrounds are running at all levels (local, state and federal), including 60 at the federal level, according to estimates from 314 Action, a group that supports such candidates. The organization has helped train 1,400 STEM professionals in campaigning, with another 35 to 40 completing trainings this past weekend in Chicago.

Those numbers represent a huge change; with the recent loss of Rep. Louise Slaughter, a New York representative with a microbiology background who died March 16, Congress currently has only two members with hard science backgrounds (physics and chemistry), said Ted Bordelon, a spokesman for 314 Action.

That flurry of activity came partially in response to the election of Donald Trump as president, said 314 Action President Shaughnessy Naughton. But candidates are also reacting to long-standing issues like conservative opposition to actions that would reduce greenhouse gases, proposed cuts to research funding and efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), she said.

“The attack on science didn’t start with the Trump administration, but it certainly has been a catalyst for getting scientists to step up and get involved,” Naughton said.

Here are some of the unique perspectives that may soon come to office: Elaine Luria, Brian Forde, Ellen Lipton, Dr. Mai Khanh Tran and Lauren Underwood. Three of them — Lipton, Luria and Underwood — earned the latest 314 Action endorsements. (Live Science and parent company Purch do not endorse any candidates.) 

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Biochemist brings research to the legislature

Lipton paired degrees in biochemistry and law, serving as a patent attorney in the biotech and materials-chemistry industries. Through that work, she honed a probing, questioning approach to problem solving that she brought to her first elective role, as a Michigan state representative, Lipton said. She’s now running for national office in the state’s 9th Congressional District.

“I would look at legislative problems as problems to be researched and thought through,” she said. Lipton’s inclination toward thorough research helped her with one of her biggest legislative achievements. Partisan talking points about “throwing money” at schools had stymied any education funding increases for years, Lipton said, until she successfully pushed for an “adequacy study” to find exactly what level of funding students needed.

Results from the study helped spur long-needed funding allocations for Michigan schools, she said.

“I feel like it helped break the logjam,” Lipton said. “People know now, in both parties, we need to fund schools.”

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By Violet Ikonomova, Detroit Metro Times

If money means anything this early into the primary election season, Michigan’s Congressional delegation may look a lot more female come next year.

Three Democrat women running for U.S. House seats raised the most money of any Congressional candidates in the state last quarter, according to campaign finance reports filed with the federal government by this week’s deadline.

The news comes after Michigan Democrats endorsed female candidates for two of the top three state-level offices at a convention last weekend, and as the party’s lone female candidate for governor leads in polls and endorsements.

The money for the Congressional candidates came from across the country and Michigan. Rashida Tlaib, who is vying for the 13th District spot left vacant by John Conyers, pulled in $589,000 between Jan 1. and March 31; Ellen Cogen Lipton, who is hoping to replace Congressman Sander Levin in the 9th District, raised $501,000; and Elissa Slotkin, who is running against Republican Mike Bishop in the 8th District, brought in $801,000. They’re among 20 Congressional candidates from Michigan who’ve raised more than $500,000 so far, according to data compiled by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

The latest batch of donations puts each of the candidates well ahead of, or in line with, their closest opponents in terms of fundraising.

In the 13th District race, where about 10 people have indicated they will run, Tlaib has outraised her closest opponent by a roughly 5-1 margin.

“The motivation for people across the country to support me as a Muslim and a progressive has been, ‘If we want to send a message to Trump and his supporters, it’s to send you to Congress,’” says Tlaib.

Tlaib is a former state representative from Detroit who has fought polluting corporations and tax breaks for billionaires. Her views, which include support for single payer healthcare, are in generally in line with those of Conyers. Her contributions, she says, have come from 1,7000 different sources, putting the average donation at about $350.

But the battle for Michigan’s 13th District is contentious, and Tlaib, who is Arab-American, will have to overcome major hurdles like name recognition and racial bias in order to win. The district, which covers parts of Detroit and suburban Wayne County, is majority African-American and has drawn at least five black candidates. Two of those candidates — John Conyers III and Ian Conyers — are related to the former Representative and have the benefit of name recognition. Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who has been endorsed by Mayor Mike Duggan, is also seen as having a strong shot at winning, and Detroit mayoral candidate State Sen. Coleman Young II has also entered the race. Westland Mayor Bill Wild, meanwhile, may have a shot at picking up the district if he consolidates support among suburbanites while the African American vote splits between his opponents. Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

In light of those dynamics, Tlaib has said she is determined to run the most aggressive door-to-door campaign of any of her opponents.

“We’re not underestimating the importance of direct human contact,” she says. “It’s important that the voters have some contact with and recognize the people who they’re voting for on the ballot.”

As for race, she thinks she can break through with all voters based on “how I make them feel and my sincerity about wanting to protect them and to serve them.”

Tlaib’s closest competitor in terms of fundraising, meanwhile, is Wild, who has raised $139,000. Ian Conyers has raised $88,000. Brenda Jones has raised $39,000 and Coleman Young II has raised close to $16,000. John Conyers III, who is 27 years old and has no political experience, is in the hole $600.

The race in Michigan’s 9th has some parallels to that of the 13th in that Andy Levin, Sander Levin’s son, is seen as having a good shot at winning. The roughly $500,000 Lipton raised in the first quarter of this year puts her in line with his fundraising totals.

In Michigan’s 8th meanwhile, Elissa Slotkin is widely expected to make it on the November ballot to take on Bishop. She recently moved back to Holly after holding various intelligence and national defense posts in Washington, and has picked up support from former Vice President Joe Biden. Slotkin has outraised Bishop in each of the last three quarters.
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By Melissa Nann Burke, The Detroit News

Washington — Female candidates running for Congress in Michigan started the year with a strong fundraising quarter, with Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ellen Lipton with an early edge in the money race in their bids to succeed Reps. John Conyers Jr. and Sandy Levin, respectively.

Democrat Elissa Slotkin generated more money than Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of Rochester for the third quarter in a row, and Gretchen Driskell, another Democratic challenger, outraised GOP Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton.

Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein — who has contributed more than $990,000 to her bid to succeed retiring Rep. Dave Trott — maintained her overwhelming edge in the 11th District GOP primary, closing out the quarter with more than $1 million in the bank.

Reminiscent of the 1992 cycle, 2018 is shaping up to be the next “Year of the Woman,” said David Dulio, who chairs the political science department at Oakland University.

In 1992, voters elected more new women to Congress than in the past, driven in part by their fundraising strength, he said. Twenty-four women were elected to the U.S. House and three to the Senate, tripling the number of women in that chamber.

“On the Democratic side, the strong fundraising figures from the female candidates is, in part, a sign of the enthusiasm for their candidacies in a political context that includes, especially here in Michigan, a focus on the issue of sexual assault and the #MeToo movement,” Dulio said.

“Their fundraising success is yet another indicator that it’s ‘game on’ in races where female Democratic candidates are challenging GOP incumbents.”

Tlaib, a community organizer and the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature, brought in more than $588,900 in contributions in the first quarter and had $457,000 in cash as of March 31, according to disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Her campaign for the 13th Congressional District said 46 percent of the donations were for $50 or smaller, and that the majority of her contributions came from Michigan residents.

“We are so inspired by the more than 1,700 donors and over 300 volunteers who are fueling our campaign with the hard work and commitment to a new approach to public service that fights for every family in the district,” Tlaib said.

Westland Mayor Bill Wild raised $139,630 in the last quarter and had nearly $124,000 in cash reserves.

State Sen. Ian Conyers of Detroit brought in $88,360 and had about $57,000 on hand. Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones raised about $39,400 and had $37,700 in the bank.

State Sen. Coleman Young II reported $15,350 in receipts, including $15,000 that he loaned his campaign, but hadn’t spent any of it. Democratic activist Michael Gilmore raised nearly $10,000 and reported a negative cash balance of $3,551.

Reports were unavailable for other candidates in the crowded 13th District race, including that of Conyers’ son, John Conyers III — whom his father has endorsed to succeed him.

Conyers Jr., who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct, attended the Michigan Democrats’ convention over the weekend in Detroit, where he was seen seated with his son on the convention floor.

District 9

Lipton, a former state lawmaker from Huntington Woods, took in more than $501,000 in the first quarter, outraising Levin’s son, Andy, for the three-month period.

Levin raised $386,000 for the quarter for a total $510,000 since he launched his campaign in December.

“The extraordinary level of support we’ve received shows that voters in the 9th District are seeking solutions to the issues I am ready to take on,” said Lipton, who has been endorsed by the group Emily’s List that backs candidates who support abortion rights.

“I’m honored and humbled to have the support of so many Michiganders, and I’m fired up for the rest of the campaign.”

In cash reserves, Lipton and Levin were nearly tied — Lipton had $407,000 as of March 31, and Levin had about $403,500.

“I decided to run for Congress to help build a movement focused on creating good jobs, ensuring access to quality health care for every American, education and training, protecting our air and water, and restoring faith in our government,” Levin said. “It’s encouraging to see that message resonate with 9th District voters.”

Sandy Levin, who is retiring after 36 years in Congress, hasn’t explicitly endorsed in the race but has praised son Andy’s qualifications and experience.

“He’s running a tough campaign,” Sandy Levin told The Detroit News on Friday. “I don’t have to endorse. He’s on his own, but with my full support.”

Others seeking the Democratic nomination include state Sen. Steve Bieda of Warren, who raised $128,800 last quarter, and attorney Martin Brook of Bloomfield Township, who raised nearly $16,000.

Republican candidate Candius Stearns of Sterling Heights brought in about $20,000 and had $92,500 cash on hand.
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By Sarah Rahal, The Detroit News

Royal Oak — Around 60 students, community leaders and activists gathered for the Town Hall for Our Lives in Royal Oak on Saturday declaring “never again” to school shootings.

The town hall is among a series of events by the same organizers of March For Our Lives, following the marches on March 24, in Washington and nationwide. More than 100 events were scheduled in 34 states on Saturday, including local events in Royal Oak and Novi.

The town hall discussed what’s next for the March For Our Lives movement and community members had in-person conversations with their representatives and candidates.

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, his son Andy Levin, Senator Steve Bieda, State Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), State Rep. Jim Ellison of Royal Oak and Ellen Lipton, a candidate for congress answered questions from the community and listened to concerns.

Levin said they’re closer to making changes than ever before and it’s because of the “ambitious young leaders.”

“I think the difference is for the first time, this movement is being led by young people and the real question is, will all of us join them?” said Sander Levin. “After all of the assassinations, the Kennedy’s, Martin Luther King Jr., and in more recent times, kids… we have to organize. I’m lucky to be able to be a small part of it.”

Andy Levin, who is running to succeed his father, says he supports banning high capacity magazines and bump stocks, increasing background checks, and “just common sense measures.”

“It’s not about revoking guns — but the lobbying for corporate America,” said Andy Levin. “I’m humble and hopeful and believe we can make change through this movement.”

Wittenberg graduated Berkley High School in 1999, when the Columbine High School massacre occurred, and said being the same age as those students left an impact on him.

“We shouldn’t be dealing with symptoms, we should be dealing with the problem,” he said. “There are certain people who shouldn’t have weapons and there are certain weapons people shouldn’t have… That’s why I introduced a bill for universal background checks.”

He also spoke on “red flag” regulations that could allow police to temporarily confiscate firearms and ammunition from a person whom a judge deems a legitimate threat. Last month, Governor Rick Snyder also said he was considering the regulation.

Republican candidate Candius Stearns said she was concerned as a mother of two teenagers and advocated for more security in schools.

“I agree, you should be able to pass a proper background check and I don’t think arming teachers is the right way, but rather to provide more schools with proper security,” Stearns said. “We also need to put money into mental health and support our kids so they have a safe environment.”

The event also included students and nonpartisan groups like Engage 18, a nonprofit aimed to increase high school voter turnout, Royal Oak and Bloomfield Hills High Schools and the Moms Demand Action Committee.

Elliot Widd, 16, of Royal Oak High School spoke against arming teachers and more school security.

“We should add more social workers, not police officers,” said Widd. “More officers means more guns and I don’t feel safe having officers in school because even in Royal Oak, there have been racial incidents we shouldn’t repeat.”

Liz Bauer, who formerly served on the state board of education from 2003-2011, attended the community meeting because she was also concerned about legislatures wanting to arm teachers.

“This is a gun sales mechanism,” said Bauer, 80, of Ferndale. “If you arm every teacher in Michigan, you’ve sold 80,000 guns. It’s not right to expect teachers to be the force of a SWAT team.”

The students will walk out again on April 20, commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High shooting, where 13 people were murdered in Colorado, and will last for the entire school day.


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By Staff, The Detroit News

Former state Rep. Ellen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, was endorsed this week by EMILY’s List, a national group that backs candidates who support abortion rights, in her bid to succeed retiring Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, in Congress.

Lipton is running for the Democratic nomination for the 9th District, along with others including Democratic state Sen. Steve Bieda of Warren, Levin’s son, Andy Levin of Bloomfield Hills, and Martin Brook, a labor and employment law attorney from Bloomfield Township.

“As a fierce advocate for educational opportunity and biomedical research, Ellen has what it takes to be the champion southeast Michiganders need in the House, building the foundation for tomorrow’s economy,” EMILY’S List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement.

“In the Michigan House, she was a fierce supporter of public schools, never forgetting her roots in a family of educators. Ellen’s commitment to helping others will make her a steadfast advocate for families of the 9th District.”

Lipton served three terms representing the 27th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in southeast Oakland County from 2009-14.
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By Bridget Bowman, Roll Call

314 Action, a group backing candidates with scientific backgrounds, has made new ad buys in a handful of media markets as it looks to be a player in upcoming Democratic primaries.

Along with the ad buys, 314 Action is releasing the results of a national poll conducted earlier this month that showed 72 percent of those surveyed said they were more inclined to support candidates with experience in science.

“What our organization is doing is going to have an impact in how the Democrats take back the House,” said Joshua Morrow, the group’s executive director. “And clearly from this poll, our scientists are in a position to lead the charge to take back the House.”

First, 314 Action is trying to ensure its preferred candidates survive the primaries. It has endorsed 10 House challengers so far, and is expected to announce more endorsements next month.

The group, which has an independent expenditure arm, has reserved nearly $2 million in ad time in the Los Angeles, Detroit and Seattle media markets in the final two weeks leading up to each state’s primaries.

314 Action made the early reservation to secure more favorable rates, and it is still determining which candidates the ads will support.

The group reserved $1.05 million worth of ad time in the Los Angeles market. It has endorsed three Democratic candidates in California: Former President Barack Obama technology adviser Brian Forde in the 45th District, cancer researcher Hans Keirstead in the 48th District, and physician Mai Khanh Tran in the 39th District.

In Detroit, 314 Action has reserved $500,000 worth of ad time. It has endorsed tech engineer Suneel Gupta in Michigan’s 11th District. Morrow said the group has also been impressed by patent lawyer and stem cell research advocate Ellen Lipton, who is running in the nearby 9th District.

The group has not yet endorsed a candidate in Washington, though it could weigh in on the 8th District race — a top target for Democrats following GOP Rep. Dave Reichert’s retirement. Pediatrician Kim Schrier and Shannon Hader, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, are both running in the Democratic primary.

Morrow said conversations have started among other outside groups looking to support Democrats so they can coordinate resources. But he said 314 Action is willing to take sides in primaries, especially to help the scientists who are typically first-time candidates.

“We are not afraid to get involved in primaries,” he said.

Morrow estimated his group would be particularly active in five to seven House races.

314 Action could also get involved in the general election races for Senate in Nevada, where it has endorsed Democratic Rep. and computer programmer Jacky Rosen, and Tennessee, where former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, a physics major in college, is running.

Morrow said scientists have bipartisan appeal to voters who are disenchanted with politicians.

“Scientists who work in labs, they’re used to collaborating,” Morrow said. “So for them, it’s about solving a problem.”

The group’s poll, released Tuesday, showed respondents — both those who identified as Democrats and those who backed President Donald Trump — were more inclined to support candidates with scientific backgrounds. Fifty-five percent of Trump voters surveyed said they were much more or somewhat more likely to support such candidates, compared to 82 percent of Democratic respondents.

The poll showing support for candidates with scientific backgrounds was conducted by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling. It surveyed 745 voters nationwide Feb. 15-16 via landline phones.
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By Melissa Nann Burke, The Detroit News

Washington — Democratic challenger Elissa Slotkin outraised U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop for the second quarter, bringing in more than $440,000 and ending the year with $711,000 in the bank.

Bishop, a Rochester Republican seeking his third term, topped Slotkin in cash reserves – more than $971,000 after taking in about $306,500 in the last quarter, according to campaign finance reports.

In one of Michigan’s most competitive races, Bishop raked in the most money among the state’s GOP incumbents in Congress for the reporting period spanning Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

“Supporters across the district recognize Mike Bishop help craft tax reform which will provide more money in people’s pockets and allow businesses to create jobs and invest in their workforce,” campaign spokesman Stu Sandler said in a statement.

Slotkin’s campaign stressed that most of her contributions have been from individuals, as she swore off donations from corporate political action committees.

“I’m proud to run a campaign powered by real people, by individuals, by hard work. Michiganders are sick and tired of their representatives being bought and sold by the big corporations who write the big checks,” Slotkin said in a statement.

Her campaign accepted $61,000 last quarter from nonprofit and issue-oriented political committees such as EMILY’s List, the Human Rights Campaign PAC and several labor PACs.

Slotkin, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst who served three tours in Iraq, spent the last five years of the Obama administration at the Pentagon, most recently as a top adviser to two secretaries of defense on security and defense issues.

In the Democratic primary, Chris Smith of East Lansing is also running. Smith is a professor on leave from Michigan State University who officially began campaigning in December.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, maintains a strong cash advantage in her campaign for a fourth term, hauling in $1.9 million last quarter and reporting $8 million in the bank, according to a summary of her campaign finance report.

Her top Republican challengers include John James of Farmington Hills, a businessman who reported Wednesday raising nearly $691,800 last quarter, with about $647,270 cash on hand.

Grosse Pointe financier Sandy Pensler, also a Republican, has pumped $5 million of his own money into his campaign, which said Wednesday that his year-end report reflected roughly $5,008,500 in the bank as of Dec. 31.

11th District

Fundraising is heating up in the 11th District where a large field is competing to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Dave Trott of Birmingham.

On the Republican side, Bloomfield Township businesswoman Lena Epstein reported nearly $384,350 in receipts for the quarter, including another $315,000 she loaned her campaign. Epstein, who was recently endorsed by activist rocker Ted Nugent, had just over $1 million in the bank on Dec. 31.

Former state House Majority Leader Rocky Raczkowski of Troy reported $151,880 for the quarter, including $75,000 he loaned his campaign. He had nearly $141,200 on hand at year’s end.

Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise, a former state lawmaker, had $123,650 in receipts, including $100,000 he loaned his campaign. He ended the year with $111,531 in cash.

State Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, raised $46,199 and hadn’t spent any of it.

Former U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, and Kristine Bonds of West Bloomfield Township had not filed year-end reports with the Federal Election Commission as of Thursday morning.

On the Democratic side, Suneel Gupta raised about $503,800 last quarter, and the Birmingham entrepreneur had $468,200 on hand.

State Rep. Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, reported over $325,000 in receipts for his first fund-raising quarter, ending the year with more than $285,000 on hand. His campaign said more than 88 percent of contributions came from inside Michigan, and that he has received support from 15 labor groups.

Dan Haberman of Birmingham received $150,500, including $50,000 he loaned his campaign, and had $40,920 in cash on Dec. 31.

Haley Stevens, a Democrat from Rochester Hills, brought in about $131,200 in the last three months of 2017, ending with over $464,500 in the bank.

Fayrouz Saad of Northville reported $126,285 in receipts for the quarter and about $250,800 in the bank.

7th District

Democratic challenger Gretchen Driskell outraised U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, by about $20,000, reporting in $310,000 in receipts, including $50,000 she contributed to her campaign, according to her campaign finance report. The former mayor of Saline had about $419,350 on hand on Dec. 31.

Walberg defeated Driskell in 2016 by 15 percentage points. He took in just over $287,000 for the quarter and had nearly $773,600 in the bank at year’s end, according to his report.

6th District

Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, raised $216,000 in the last three months of 2017 and had over $1 million on hand.

Six Democrats are vying for the Democratic nomination in the 6th District, including former Kellogg lobbyist George Franklin, who reported $326,800 in receipts, including $100,000 he loaned his campaign. Franklin had $271,655 on hand as of Dec. 31.

Matt Longjohn of Portage, a physician and public health expert, raised $117,400 in the fourth quarter and reported $230,547 in the bank.

In the last two cycles, Upton faced Democrat Paul Clements, besting him by 22 percentage points in 2016. Clements raised $91,700 in the reporting period and had $141,262 cash on hand.

Others in the Democratic primary race include David Benac, Rich Eichholz and Eponine Garrod.

1st District

Another Democratic challenger raised more money than an incumbent Republican in northern Michigan, where Matt Morgan brought in $174,850 to GOP Rep. Jack Bergman’s $130,700.

Bergman holds an advantage in cash reserves with $220,845 on hand, while Iraq veteran Morgan reported $196,500 in the bank. Dwight Brady is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

9th District

Another seat up for grabs is the 9th District, where long-time Rep. Sandy Levin, D-Royal Oak, is retiring at the end of the term.

Levin’s son, Andy Levin, who is also a Democrat, raised $124,569 and had $113,920 on hand as of Dec. 31. Another Democrat, Martin Brook of Bloomfield Township, took in $7,799 and had $3,618 in the bank.

Republican Candius Stearns of Sterling Heights brought in $108,610 and had $100,466 on hand.

Other candidates in the race include Democratic state Sen. Steve Bieda of Warren; and former state Rep. Ellen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods.

Lipton brought in $257,000 during her first month of fundraising in January — more than double Andy Levin’s haul — her campaign said.
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By Mark Cavitt, The Oakland Press

Former state representative Ellen Lipton is running for Michigan’s 9th Congressional District seat.

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, 86, announced his retirement from Congress in December after serving 35 years. Since then, five candidates have filed to run for his seat.

Lipton, 50, D-Huntington Woods, served three terms representing the 27th District in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2009 to 2014. She ran unsuccessfully for State Senate in 2014 to represent the 11th District.

Lipton said she wants to be a progressive leader for Oakland County residents.

“That’s why I’m running… and stand up to (President) Donald Trump, (Secretary of Education) Betsy DeVos, and the special interests that support them,” said Lipton.

She is a founding member and president of the Michigan Promise Zone Association, a statewide organization providing access to post-secondary education and free college tuition for high school graduates.

“I’ve taken on Betsy DeVos to fight for public education and I’ll do it again,” said Lipton. “ With my background in education, science, and the law I’ll take on Donald Trump and the special interests who put the well-being of corporations before families trying to make ends meet.”

Before her six years in the legislature, Lipton worked as a patent attorney specializing in medicine and technology for over a decade. She earned degrees in chemistry and art history from Williams College and graduated from Harvard Law School.

She lives in Oakland County with her husband Marc where they have raised their two children.
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