Casey Adams (D), Roscommon:
Casey is currently the Library Director for the Roscommon Area District Library. He received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Alma College and his master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. Casey was an AmeriCorps VISTA, a fellow of the Center for Responsible Leadership, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity in college. Casey interned for the Jerry Cannon for Congress campaign in 2014, did data research for the Lon Johnson for Congress campaign in 2016, and has advised several candidates running for the state legislature of Michigan. He is currently Secretary of the Board of Young Professionals in the Heart of Northern Michigan and a member of the Roscommon Rotary Club.
Zoe Ahlstrom (D), Ingham:
Zoe is the Deputy Chief of Staff for State Senator David Knezek where she works on issues relating to health policy and military and veteran’s affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kansas State University and spent her senior year studying in Turkey. After graduation, she served a year in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and complete four projects across the United States. Prior to her work for Senator Knezek, Zoe worked for State Representative Terry Brown, his campaign for Senate and Representative Frank Liberati.
Terri Barker (D), Ingham:
Terri is a Legislative Aide for State Representative Wendell L. Byrd. She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She trained as a State Mediator with the Ann Arbor Dispute Resolution Center and has earned certificates in Restorative Justice and Social Justice Mediation. Terri previously worked as a Food Programs Manager for The Food Bank Council of Michigan. She is passionate about growing Michigan’s agriculture economy and is actively involved in addressing policy issues that impact both rural and urban agriculture.
Kathy Bartz (R), Macomb:
Kathy is the Deputy County Executive in Macomb County. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University. Her area of focus is municipal and government affairs, public policy and internal/external communications and community relations. She has participated in Leadership Michigan and Leadership Macomb and serves a board member of Leadership Macomb, McLaren Foundation, Sterling Regional Chamber, Michigan Chamber of Health & Human Resources and Eastern Michigan University Health.
Clint Bryant (D), Saginaw:
Clint is a Labor Relations Specialist with SEIU 517M, serving two years as local union President. He is also a City Council member for the city of Saginaw. He received ministerial training from Pensacola Christian College and pursued a degree from Delta College. He is the President of the Covenant Neighborhood Association, a Trustee for Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza and as a Commissioner for both the Saginaw Riverfront Development Commission and the City Planning Commission.
Katherine Condon (R), Kent:
Katherine is the District Director for U.S. Representative Justin Amash. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Saint Mary’s College. Previously, she worked as Curriculum Project Manager with the Grassroots Leadership Academy team at Americans for Prosperity Foundation. She completed the Koch Associate Program while working at the Leadership Institute in 2013. Katherine is a member of the Junior League of Grand Rapids and the Saint Mary’s Alumnae Recruitment Team (SMART).
Tony Daunt (R), Clinton:
Tony is the Executive Director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, a conservative advocacy group that promotes policies that reduce the size and scope of government and enhance the power of the individual. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. Tony has worked in numerous roles in Lansing and Washington, DC including policy, communications and logistics. He volunteers at Ele’s Place and is a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church.
Lucia DiCicco (R), Macomb:
Lucia is a Managing Partner at Hinman & DiCicco PLC, a law firm specializing in real estate, landlord tenant, real property issues, and oil and gas matters in Macomb County. She received her degree in International Relations from Grand Valley State University and her Juris Doctor at the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Lucia is currently serving as a Commissioner for the Shelby Township Planning Commission and is a member for the Italian American Chamber of Commerce, The Macomb County Bar Association, the Macomb County Bar Foundation and the State Bar of Michigan.
Chadd Dowding (D), Kent:
Chadd is the Senior Program Manager for the Cook Leadership Academy of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. Chadd previously worked for GE Aviation as a Contracts Analyst through their contract management leadership program. He is passionate about advancing equity and opportunity for marginalized communities, and does so as a board member of Equity PAC Grand Rapids.
Aghogho Edevbie (D), Wayne:
Aghogho is an Assistant Wayne County Corporation Counsel. A native Detroiter, he received both his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from the University of Michigan. Aghogho serves on the board of directors of CARE of Southeastern Michigan and as a member of the steering committee for the Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit. He was recently recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business publication as a member of their 2016 “Twenty in their 20’s” class.
Amber Elliott (I), Wayne:
Amber is the Manager of Community Partner Program for the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Howard University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to her work at the DLBA, Amber consulted for Artspace Project, Inc., a national nonprofit developer for artists’ communities and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national Community Development Financial Institute.
Denzel McCampbell (D), Wayne:
Denzel is the Social Justice Organizer for Engage Michigan, a communications hub on progressive issues. He received his bachelor’s degree in Management and Political Science from Michigan State University. Denzel previously worked as campaign manager for State Representative Stephanie Chang and Field Director for State Representative Andy Schor. He also worked on voting rights, along with advocacy on LGBTQ issues. Denzel is the board secretary for the Mary Turner Center for Advocacy, a community service center in Detroit and is involved with the Black Youth Project 100.
Jennifer Miller (R), Ingham:
Jennifer is a Legislative Assistant for Senator Dave Hildenbrand. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. Before moving to the Senate Jennifer worked for Representative Ben Glardon of Shiawassee County. Jennifer also worked as the Media/Marketing Coordinator at Lezotte-Miller Public Relations until March 2016. Jennifer is also a certified yoga instructor through Yoga State of Mind Body and Soul.
Aaron Porter (R), Ingham:
Aaron is the Legislative Director for State Representative Joe Graves. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University graduating magna cum laude. Aaron has also received his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Law in Corporate Law and Finance, and is working on his second Masters of Law in Disability and Special Education Law from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School. Aaron also serves as a precinct delegate for Ingham County. He is passionate about working with and advocating for children with disabilities.
Herasanna Richards (D), Ingham:
Herasanna is the Crime Survivor Program Coordinator for the Citizens Alliance on Prison and Public Spending (CAPPS) Prior to her work at CAPPS, she was the Communications Specialist for Grassroots Midwest in Lansing, MI. She received bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Political Science from Michigan State University. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Firecracker Foundation and as the Membership Chair for CMPRSA. She also is involved with Grand River Connection, CMPRSA’s PACE, New Professionals and Diversity and Inclusion committees, and is the founder of Ascend Lansing, a Lansing-based organization dedicated to promoting cultural diversity within Lansing’s professional workforce.
Jennifer Schottke (R), Kent:
Jen is the Director of Workforce Development & External Affairs with the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter. She develops commercial construction craft, leadership, and safety training programs, and provides career awareness and readiness programs throughout the K-12 and post-secondary educational systems. Jen was appointed to the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education in March 2016. She successfully retained her seat in the November 2016 election and is now serving a 4-year term.
Derrell Slaughter (D), Ingham:
Derrell a Departmental Analyst in the Commission Office at the Michigan Public Service Commission. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Michigan State University. He has extensive experience with the management of campaigns for various democratic candidates. Derrell has served as Deputy Campaign Manager for State Representative Kristy Pagan, Campaign Manager for Lansing City Council member Jessica Yorko, and Ingham County Commissioner Sarah Anthony. He is currently on the board of Lansing Area ACLU and serves as Chairman of their Racial Justice Committee. More recently, he was appointed to Ingham County’s Board of Health and elected as an officer to the Ingham County Democratic Party.
Lori Stone (D), Macomb:
Lori is a teacher for Fitzgerald Public Schools and union representative for the Fitzgerald Education Association. She earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Elementary Education as well as a Master’s degree in Science Education from Michigan State University. An active leader in her community, organizes the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Warren and is a member of the Warren Democratic Club.
Kevin Tatulayn (R), Oakland:
Kevin is the owner of a small business by the name of Mathnasium. He received his bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Wayne State University where he served as the student body President. In addition to that role, he also served as Vice-President for the Student Association of Michigan, which is a body that advocates for higher appropriations to state universities in hopes of keeping tuition dollars low and higher education affordable for the middle class. Kevin served as the Statewide Coalitions Director for Donald Trump in Michigan and has managed several campaigns.
Taylor Thrush (R), Eaton:
Taylor is currently working as a committee clerk for the Michigan State House of Representatives. Previously, she served as the Legislative Assistant to Appropriations chairman Al Pscholka. In this role, she worked on several house bills focusing on the state budget and fiscal issues. She received her bachelor’s degree of Arts from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. Taylor was very active while attending MSU and served as the Executive Secretary for the Residence Halls Association and was a Resident Assistant while a student. She volunteers for St. John the Evangelist Church in her free time.
Scott Walker (I), Ingham:
Scott is the Deputy Inspector General for the Michigan Army National Guard in Lansing. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University and recently completed a master’s degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. He has over 27 years combined military service including two deployments, the most recent in 2010 to Afghanistan. He has three years of international experience as Director of the State Partnership Program (SPP) which supports Security Corporation events between Michigan and the countries of Latvia and Liberia.
Corey Welch (R), Monroe:
Corey is the Mission Advancement Director for the Monroe Family YMCA. Prior to his work for the YMCA, Corey was the Constituent Relations Director to State Senator Dale Zorn. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. Corey also recently received his master’s degree in Public Administration at Northern Michigan University. He is a graduate of Leadership Monroe, a leadership program through the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Corey is active in the local Republican Party and is very passionate about serving his community through his work on several committees for non-profits and volunteer efforts with the Bedford Goodfellows and Bedford Township Lions.
Barbara Winter (D), Oakland:
Barbara is the Legislative Director for State Representative Robert Wittenberg. She received her master’s degree from Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland) in political science and University of Michigan (Dearborn) in public policy. In 2014, she received Tim Dinan Community Award from the Oakland County Democratic Party and in 2016 earned The 9th Congressional District Volunteer of the Year Award. She currently serves as the chair of the South East Oakland Democratic Club and on the board of Hazel Park District Library.