Michigan 11

Latest on the Race:

 In September, when Congressman David Trott announced he would retire rather than run for another term, The Cook Political Report changed their evaluation of this race from “Likely Republican to Toss-up.” http://cookpolitical.com

Since we were in the district in late August, Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, has entered the race.  Greimel, an attorney, served in the state House of Representatives from 2012 - 2016.  He previously served as Oakland County Commissioner and as a member of the Rochester School Board.   According to the Detroit Free Press, Greimel was part of a successful effort to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25 per hour, and was part of the bipartisan coalition that provided $195 million to Detroit as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.


On the Republican side Plymouth Township Supervisor and former state representative Kurt Heise has entered the race.  In the state legislature he was known for his work on criminal justice reform initiatives.   

Also, state representative Klint Kesto, representing Michigan’s District 39, is running for the seat as a Republican.  According to Ballotpedia, Kesto, a small businessman and attorney,  has worked as assistant prosecutor for Wayne County, and he has worked for the United States Department of Energy and the United States Department of Justice.


The District:  

Michigan’s 11th is a wrench-shaped district roughly 30 miles east of Ann Arbor and 30 miles west of Detroit.  It includes Oakland and Wayne counties.  It’s population is 709,416.  The median household income is $69,397.  The district is 84.9% White,  7.3% Asian, 4.7% African American, and 3.6% Latino.  (The Arab American population is included in the “White” statistic, so it is difficult to see in these numbers.)  The district is considered the most educated district in the state, with a 93.9% high school graduation rate.  Over 44% of the population has achieved at least a bachelor’s degree.  


The Candidates:


Incumbent David Trott:  https://trott.house.gov

Lena Epstein:  https://lenaforcongress.com

Rocky Raczkowski:  http://rockyworksforus.com/issues/

Klint Kesto:  no official site - http://gophouse.org/representatives/southeast/kesto/

Kurt Heise:  no official site:  https://www.facebook.com/heise4us


Haley Stevens:  https://haleystevensforcongress.com

Fayrouz Saad:  https://www.fayrouzsaad.com

Dan Haberman:  https://danhaberman.com

Tim Greimel:  https://timgreimelforcongress.com


The Primary is August 7, 2018.  

The General Election is November 6, 2018

Michigan Registration Deadline: You must register to vote at least 30 days before an election.

Michigan has an open primary system, individuals do not need to be registered with a party to vote in their primary elections. However a voter may only vote in a single party primary.

Michigan Voter Information:  https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/

Lots of Voting Stuff including Absentee:  http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716---,00.html


Recent Electoral History

Trump won the district by 50%

Romney won in 2012 by 52%

Obama won in 2008 by 54%



Voters not Politicians:  http://www.votersnotpoliticians.com

Michigan Republican Party:  http://www.migop.org

Michigan Democratic Party:  https://michigandems.com

Mayor Mike Duggan’s site:  http://dugganfordetroit.com


Special Places:  

The Detroit Institute of Art:  https://www.dia.org

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit:  https://mocadetroit.org

The Scarab Club:  http://scarabclub.org

Motown Museum, Hitsville USA:  https://www.motownmuseum.org

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