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LGBT-friendly (and not so much) candidates

Political candidates get ranked and endorsed by LGBT community

by Sam Inglot

Wednesday, Oct. 3 — The Lansing Association of Human Rights, an organization advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality, released candidate ratings this week for the 2012 elections. 


The ratings, which include national, state and local candidates, are based on a LAHR PAC questionnaire as well as telephone calls, the candidates’ voting records and public statements related to the LGBT community. Candidates who did not receive a rating are not listed here. (Spoiler alert: You’ll notice a correlation between positive and negative ratings and Democrats and Republicans. If no party affiliation is included, it means it is a non-partisan race.)


Along with the LAHR candidate ratings, Equality Michigan, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, released its list of endorsed candidates earlier this week.



LAHR candidate ratings


Extremely Positive

Brian McGrain (D) – Ingham County commissioner, district 10

Mark Meadows – 54B District Court

Todd Heywood – Lansing Community College Board of Trustees


Very Positive

Barack Obama / Joe Biden (D) — U.S. president / vice president

Debbie Stabenow (D) — U.S. Senate

Lance Enderle (D) — U.S. Congress 8th district

Tom Cochran (D) — State House 67th district

Andy Schor (D) — State House 68th district

Sam Singh (D) — State House 69th district

Rebecca Bahar-Cook (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 2

Sarah Anthony (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 3

Debbie DeLeon (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 4

Todd Tennis (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 5

Penelope Tsernoglou (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 8

Carol Koenig (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 9

Deb Nolan (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 12

Pat Lindemann (D) — Ingham County drain commissioner

Curtis Hertel Jr. (D) — Ingham County register of deeds

Eric Schertzing (D) — Ingham County treasurer

Joe Manzella — Lansing Community College Board of Trustees

John Roy Castillo — Lansing Community College Board of Trustees

Bridget M. McCormack — Michigan Supreme Court

Laura L. Baird — 30th Circuit Court

Mark Bernstein (D) — University of Michigan Board of Regents


Positive

Victor Celentino (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 1

Jim Dravenstatt-Moceri (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 6

Kara Hope (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 7

Diane Holman (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 11

Randy Schafer (R) — Ingham County commissioner, district 13

Barry Damon (R) — Ingham County clerk

Stuart Dunnings (D) — Ingham County prosecutor

Gene Wrigglesworth (D) — Ingham County sheriff

Jake Davison (R) — Ingham County treasurer

Michelle Fecteau (D) — State Board of Education

Joel Ferguson (D) — Michigan State University Board of Trustees

Sandra O'Brien (D) — Wayne State University Governors

Shelia Johnson — Michigan Supreme Court (partial term)

Ken Ross — 30th Circuit Court

Hugh B. Clark Jr. — 54A District Court

Andrea Larkin — 54B District Court


Mixed

Randy Mayville (R) — Ingham County commissioner, district 6

Timothy Grant (R) — Ingham County drain commissioner

Kate Mortensen (R) — Ingham County register of deeds

Clyde Smith (R) — Ingham County sheriff

Jim Jamo — 30th Circuit Court

Lawrence Hidalgo Jr. — Lansing Community College Board of Trustees


Negative

Phillip Hofmeister (R) — Ingham County commission, district 1

Melanie Foster (R) — Michigan State University Board of Trustees

Rhonda Fuller (R) — Ingham County commissioner, district 5

Vince Dragonetti (R) — Ingham County commissioner, district 7

Brian Mishler (R) — Ingham County commissioner, district 8

Donald Vickers (R) — Ingham County commissioner, district 14

Melanie Kurdys (R) — State Board of Education


Very Negative

Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan (R) — U.S. president / vice president

Pete Hoekstra (R) — U.S. Senator

Mike Rogers (R) — 8th congressional district

Stephen Markman — Michigan Supreme Court


Equality Michigan endorsements

Barack Obama (D) — U.S. president

Debbie Stabenow (D) — U.S. Senate

Lance Enderle (D) — U.S. Congress 8th district

Andy Schor (D) — State House 68th district

Sam Singh (D) — State House 69th district

Rebecca Bahar-Cook (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 2

Todd Tennis (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 5

Brian McGrain (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 10

Kara Hope (D) — Ingham County commissioner, district 7

Curtis Hertel Jr. (D) — Ingham County register of deeds

Julie Brixie (D) — Meridian Township treasurer

Shelia Johnson — Michigan Supreme Court

Connie Marie Kelley — Michigan Supreme Court

Bridget Mary McCormack — Michigan Supreme Court

Ken Ross — 30th Circuit Court

Mark Meadows — 54B District Court

Todd Heywood — Lansing Community College Board of Trustees

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