Comments were pretty positive on my post yesterday about the House race in my district, so I’m going to start posting fairly regularly as long as I can find new material. If I don’t have new material, I’ll just make a thread so you can tell us about your local race. To kick things off, Reader Jeff wrote about his local race, MI-3. Here’s Jeff’s report, edited slightly to fuse two emails into one:
In MI-3, district boundaries have also changed a bit, making it a slightly more (in theory) Democratic district than it was in 2010. We’ve got Justin Amash, a far right-wing club-for-growth type (who oddly enough was on the right side of SOPA, of all things) wrapping up his first term with TERRIBLE re-elect numbers – and so little popularity with the local republican establishment that BOTH of the Democratic primary candidates are attracting quiet but positive attention from prominent Republicans who would like to be rid of him.
In the Democratic primary, we’ve got Trevor Thomas, a young, gay, pro-choice progressive activist who just finished working on the effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, squaring off against Steve Pestka, a former state legislator and judge, and a fairly wealthy businessman, who is (unfortunately, from where I’m sitting) both anti-choice and the favorite of the local Democratic establishment, such as it is.
Both candidates have poll numbers showing that they can beat Amash, but it’ll be an interesting primary, with an older, straight, wealthy, pro-life career politician (Peska) vs a young, gay, middle-to-working-class, tech-savvy activist, and we’re already starting to see some interesting endorsements and such (Sen. Levin did a fundraiser for Pestka, former Governor Granholm has endorsed Thomas).
Here are the candidate websites. I would particularly encourage you to look at the video on the front page of Thomas’ site, if you have time and inclination.
Cole is probably going to bring Tunch to my house and have that damn cat murder me in my sleep for adding another tag, but I’ll be tagging these posts “Local Races” as we go along. My email is at the right if you want to send in a report on an interesting race in your area.