Dixon favors school choice and a tougher 3rd-grade reading law, along with culture-war takes on drag queens and transgender sports eligibility. Whitmer supports policies that help retain teachers and provide robust funding for public schools.
Voters Not Politicians, a Michigan group supporting a constitutional amendment ballot proposal to expand voting access, will take aim at candidates who believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
This is the first time state voters will choose from two female governor candidates. That changes the dynamic of race, but Dixon still faces many obstacles in her effort to deny Gretchen Whitmer a second term.
Results are still trickling in from some parts of the state, but here’s what we know: It was a good night for Tudor Dixon and many other Trump-aligned candidates, while fears about reduced minority representation may have materialized.
The governor said the council is meant to amplify parents’ voices on educational issues. But Republicans call the council an election-year gimmick, as conservatives push for more parental control over classroom instruction.