Here’s who has endorsed the 2018 Michigan Attorney General candidates

Republican Tom Leonard counts law enforcement organizations and business groups in his corner, while Democrat Dana Nessel has the backing of labor unions and progressive and environmental organizations.

2018 Michigan statewide election endorsements

Bridge Magazine has compiled a list of endorsements received by major party candidates for statewide office this year from elected politicians, organizations and other notable people. Other coverage:

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Michigan’s race for Attorney General features two starkly different candidates with starkly different visions.

Republican Tom Leonard, the current speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, has said he wants to focus on mental health reforms and prosecuting

elder abuse crimes.

Democrat Dana Nessel, well-known for her role in the case that ultimately would overturn Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban, is a former prosecutor who said she will fight for clean water and consumer protections as Attorney General.

See who’s supporting each candidate, with just days to go until election day Nov. 6.

Tom Leonard - Republican

Elected politicians (in federal office)

  • U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet
  • U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden
  • U.S. Rep. Jack Moolenaar, R-Midland

Elected state politicians (Michigan)

  • State Reps. Gary Glenn; Jason Wentworth; Laura Cox; Sue Allor; Aaron Miller; Michele Hoitenga; Beau LaFave; Steven Johnson; Tom Barrett
  • Rocky Raczkowski, former state representative
  • 50 county sheriffs
  • 45 county prosecutors

Other notables

  • Tom McMillin, state board of education member
  • Kathy Berden, Republican National Committee member for Michigan
  • Terry Bowman, former Trump in Michigan campaign co-chairman
  • County GOP chairs (Cam Cavitt, Cheboygan; Walter Bargen, Lapeer; Catherine Zemanek, Saginaw; Eric St. Onge, former Gratiot; Jim Thienel, former Oakland; John Inhulsen, former Kent; Adam Kroczaleski, Arenac; Ormand Hook, Mecosta)
  • The Rev. Jim Holley, Detroit

Business groups

  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan Farm Bureau (AgriPAC)
  • Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Michigan Realtors Association
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • NFIB in Michigan
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan PAC

Other organizations

  • Fraternal Order of Police of Michigan
  • Police Officers Association of Michigan
  • Flint Police Officers Association
  • Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Right to Life of Michigan
  • National Rifle Association
  • Michigan Freedom Network

Related: 2018 Bridge Michigan Voter Guide: Links to our relevant election coverage

Dana Nessel - Democrat

Elected politicians (in federal office, or from other states)

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow
  • U.S. Sen. Gary Peters
  • U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence
  • U.S. Rep. Sander Levin
  • U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee
  • U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell

Elected state politicians (Michigan)

  • Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
  • Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy
  • Wayne County Executive Warren Evans
  • Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
  • Southfield Mayor Ken Siven
  • State Sen. Coleman A. Young II

Labor groups

  • Michigan Education Association
  • AFT Michigan
  • Michigan AFL-CIO
  • Michigan State Utility Workers Council
  • Michigan Building Trades Council
  • Utility Workers Union
  • Iron Workers Local 25
  • Communication Workers of America
  • Michigan State Conference of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Other organizations

  • Democratic Attorneys General Association
  • Lesbian Political Action Committee
  • Michigan for Revolution
  • MILegalize
  • End Citizens United
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Southpaw Michigan
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Michigan Association of Police Organizations
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates for Michigan
  • Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • Oakland County for Revolution
  • Sierra Club Michigan chapter
  • Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity

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Jamie Lowell
Sun, 11/04/2018 - 4:23am

Missing from Dana Nessel’s endorsements is the grassroots/volunteer component of the legalization effort in Michigan- MILegalize.