Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election
U. S. Senate
U.S. House 1
In the U.S. Senate, Gary has worked consistently with members of both political parties to find commonsense, bipartisan solutions for Michigan. He has championed legislation that’s been signed into law under both President Obama and President Trump.
Whether it’s protecting Michigan’s environment and the Great Lakes for future generations – securing both our Southern and Northern borders – ensuring our nation’s heroes have the support they need to overcome the invisible wounds of war – or expanding apprenticeships and skills trainings to fill good-paying jobs – Gary has gotten results on issues important to Michiganders.
U. S. House
A third generation Yooper, Dana has spent his life surrounded by the values and culture of the 1st District. He grew up in Negaunee, a small mining town outside of Marquette, the only son with four sisters.
Following high school, Dana became a father to his oldest son, he enrolled at Northern Michigan University and started work as a union laborer at his dad's construction company in Marquette. After receiving his bachelor's in Economics there was a long search for work related to his field, but couldn't find a good-paying job in the area and continued working in the construction field. In 2009, his dad's construction company closed its doors due to the recession and he was once again in search of work.
Over the next few years, Dana began working as a carpenter and decided to continue his studies, going back to NMU where he received his Master's in Public Administration. The real education, though, was living through the struggles of being a working-class father doing his best to help raise his family in the place he calls home. After receiving his MPA, he continued work as a carpenter, eventually joining the Carpenters Union Local 1510 before deciding to help out his family's small business in Ishpeming.
Michigan House #105
(Antrim, Charlevoix, Otsego, Montmorency, and Oscoda Counties)
Jon Burke * RN (D)
My name is Jonathan Burke and I am a critical care nurse and paramedic running for House of Representatives in Michigan district #105.
I have been serving our community on an individual basis, mostly our sick, elderly, or injured, for well over a decade. What I have noticed in those countless interactions is that our people are surviving but they are struggling. I am running for office in an attempt to ease the collective suffering of our communities by bringing much-needed compassion and integrity to our local government. I will forever be a public servant but look now to use the skills I have learned of listening and problem solving on a broader scale. I look to advocate for everyone in our district and our state as I have advocated for every one of my patients. I want to support all of our people, especially our marginalized communities, literal front line of EMS responders, all medical health professionals, and essential workers. Whether you currently have a job or not, you ARE essential.
I am hopeful that we can make the painfully necessary changes to be the country we always hoped we could be!
Michigan House #104
(Grand Traverse County)
Dan O'Niel (D)
One of six kids, Dan was born and raised in Traverse City. He is a partner in Thompson & O’Neil, one of northern Michigan’s oldest and most respected law firms. Dan and his wife, Maura Brennan, raised three children in our community. Dan has been active in the community. He coached high school lacrosse and boys and girls youth basketball. He also served ten years on the Traverse City Planning Commission, was on the board of Common Cause Michigan, and spent more than twenty years on the executive board of the Michigan Association of Justice. Dan has been involved in the local, state, and national levels advocating for campaign finance reform and exposing the corrupting influence of money on our political system.
“I never intended to run for office, but when I saw that Michigan’s schools were among the worst in the nation, our failure to maintain the state’s infrastructure resulted in 6 billion gallons of raw sewage being dumped into the Great Lakes every year, and that our state government is ranked dead last in the country in ethics and transparency, I just couldn’t sit still any longer.
I’m tired of being told by politicians in Lansing that these problems can’t be solved; I don’t believe it. When we work together there is no problem we can’t solve. I believe we have an obligation to build a future we can be proud of and to leave this state in better condition than we found it. Our parents and grandparents did if for us, and we owe the same to our children.”