The Lansing Association for Human Rights Political Action Committee (LAHR-PAC) was founded in 1981 and is an independent political organization registered with the Secretary of State. It is separate and distinct from LAHR. LAHR PAC mailed questionnaires to candidates on the ballot in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties to get their opinion on issues important to the LGBT community. LAHR PAC rates candidates but does not endorse. Our ratings are below.

An * means the candidate did not return a questionnaire and the rating is based upon voting record, public statements or other information. If your candidate did not return a questionnaire, please ask them why. An ** means the candidate returned the questionnaire in the past and did not return the questionnaire for this election. These ratings are current as of October 2, 2016. Updated ratings are available at www.lahronline.org or LAHR PAC on Facebook.

LAHR PAC ratings are given using the following guidelines:

EXTREMELY POSITIVE – Indicates a positive candidate who has historically and consistently been positive and who has taken initiative over a period of time to make positive changes

VERY POSITIVE - Indicates a candidate who has a public track record of supporting LGBT issues including marriage and reproductive rights usually accompanied by a positive questionnaire

POSITIVE – Indicates a candidate who has returned a questionnaire showing clear support for LGBT issues or who has otherwise shown such support

MIXED – Indicates a candidate who has returned a questionnaire showing support for some LGBT issues and lack of support on other LGBT issues or who has otherwise shown such mixed support

NEGATIVE - Indicates a candidate who has illustrated that he/she is hostile to our issues

VERY NEGATIVE – Indicates a candidate who has a public track record of being hostile to our issues

NO RATING – Indicates we did not send the candidate a questionnaire and we do not have other information on which to rate the candidate

IGNORED QUESTIONNAIRE – Indicates the candidate did not return a questionnaire and we do not have other information on which to rate the candidate

Dem = Democratic Party

GRN = Green Party

LIB = Libertarian Party

NLP = Natural Law Party

NPA = No party affiliation

Rep = Republican Party

USTX = US Taxpayers Party

WC = Working Class Party

PRESIDENT, STATEWIDE AND REGIONAL RACES

President
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine (Dem) – Extremely Positive*
Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka (GRN) – Very Positive*
Emidio “Mimi" Soltysik/Angela Walker (NL) – Positive*
Gary Johnson/Bill Weld (LIB) – Positive*
Donald Trump/Michael Pence (Rep) – Very Negative*
Darrell Castle/Scott Bradley (USTX) – Very Negative*

Michigan Supreme Court
Note: Party label does not appear on ballot
Frank Szymanski (Dem) – Positive
David Viviano (Rep) – Very Negative*
Doug Dern (NL) – Ignored Questionnaire

Michigan Supreme Court (partial term)
Note: Party label does not appear on ballot
Deborah Thomas (Dem) – Positive
Joan Larsen (Rep) – Very Negative*
Kerry Morgan (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire

Wayne State University Governors (Vote for not more than 2)
Fran Shor (GRN) – Very Positive
Mark Gaffney (Dem) –Positive
Margaret Guttshall (GRN) –Positive**
Yvette McElroy Anderson (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Michael Busuito (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Kimberly Shmina (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Robert Gale (USTX) – Negative*
Marc Sosnowski (USTX) – Ignored Questionnaire
Bhagwan Dashairya (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire
Al Seder (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire
Wendy Goossen (NL) – Ignored Questionnaire
Angela Grandy (USTX) – Ignored Questionnaire

University of Michigan Regents (Vote for not more than 2)
Laurence Deitch (Dem) – Very Positive
Denise Ilitch (Dem) – Very Positive
James Lewis Hudler (LIB) – Mixed
Carl Meyers (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Ron Weiser (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
John Jascob (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire
Audra Driscoll (USTX) – Ignored Questionnaire
Richard Hewer (USTX) – Ignored Questionnaire
Latham Redding (GRN) – Ignored Questionnaire
Bridgette Abraham-Guzman (NL) – Ignored Questionnaire

State Board of Education (Vote for not more than 2)
John Austin (Dem) – Extremely Positive
sh Ahmed (Dem) – Very Positive
Sherry Wells (GRN) – Very Positive
Mary Anne Hering (WC) –Positive
Tom McMillin (Rep) – Very Negative*
Nikki Snyder (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Scotty Boman (LIB) – Mixed
Bill Hall (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire
Karen Adams (USTX) – Ignored Questionnaire
Douglas Levesque (USTX) – Very Negative
Derek Grigsby (GRN) – Mixed

Lansing Community College Trustees (Vote for not more than 2)
Ryan Buck – Very Positive
Robert Proctor – Very Positive
Alex Azima –Positive
Angela Mathews – Ignored Questionnaire

Lansing Community College Trustee (partial term)
Larry Meyer – Ignored Questionnaire

Michigan State University Trustees (Vote for not more than 2)
Dianne Byrum (Dem) – Very Positive
Will Tyler White, (GRN) – Positive**
Diann Woodard (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
William Deary (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Dan Kelly (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Justin Burns (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire
Gregory Scott Stempfle (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire

INGHAM COUNTY

CONGRESSIONAL

U.S. House – 8th District (Ingham)
Maria Green (GRN) – Very Positive
Jeff Wood (LIB) – Positive
Mike Bishop (Rep) – Very Negative*
Suzanna Shkreli (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Jeremy Burgess (NLP) – Ignored Questionnaire

LEGISLATIVE

State House – 67th (Ingham)
Tom Cochran (Dem) – Very Positive
Leon Clark (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

State House – 68th (Lansing)
Andy Schor (Dem) – Very Positive
Randy Pilon (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Robert Powell (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire

State House – 69th (East Lansing / Meridian)
Sam Singh (Dem) – Extremely Positive
George Nastas (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

INGHAM COUNTY-WIDE

Ingham County Prosecutor
Carol Siemon (Dem) – Very Positive
Billie Jo O’Berry (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham County Sheriff
Scott Wriggelsworth (Dem) – Positive
Eric Trojanowicz (Rep) – Negative

Ingham County Clerk
Barb Byrum (Dem) – Very Positive*
Joseph Werner (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham County Treasurer
Eric Schertzing (Dem) – Very Positive**
Bruce Little (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham County Register of Deeds
Derrick Quinney (Dem) – Very Positive
Gloria Richards (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham County Drain Commissioner
Patrick Lindemann (Dem) – Very Positive**
George Platsis (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

DELHI TOWNSHIP

Delhi Township Supervisor
Guy Sweet (Dem) – Positive
John Hayhoe (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Delhi Township Clerk
Evan Hope (Dem) – Very Positive

Delhi Township Treasurer
Roy Sweet (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire

Delhi Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4)
DiAnne Warfield (Dem) – Very Positive
Jim Dravenstatt-Moceri (Dem) – Positive
Tom Lenard (Dem) – Positive
Patrick Brown (Dem) – Mixed
Stuart Goodrich (Rep) – Mixed
Sarah Leitz (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Anthony Markwort (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

LANSING TOWNSHIP

Lansing Township Supervisor
Diontrae Hayes (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire

Lansing Township Clerk
Susan Aten (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Lansing Township Treasurer
Leo Rodgers (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire

Lansing Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4)
John Broughton (Dem) – Positive
Adam DeLay (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Tracie Harris (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Marilyn McKenzie (Rep) – Mixed

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP

Meridian Township Supervisor
Ronald Styka (Dem) – Very Positive
Tom Klunzinger (Rep) – Mixed

Meridian Township Clerk
Brett Dreyfus (Dem) – Very Positive

Meridian Township Treasurer
Julie Brixie (Dem) – Very Positive
Erik Lindquist (NPA) – Positive

Meridian Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4)
Dan Opsommer (Dem) – Very Positive
Phil Deschaine (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Patricia Herring Jackson (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Kathy Ann Sundland (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Jared Wilson (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Brian Czubak (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Debra Lee Piper (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

INGHAM COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Ingham Commissioner 1 (NW Lansing)
Victor Celentino (Dem) – Positive
Louis Cascarelli (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 2 (N Lansing)
Ryan Sebolt (Dem) – Very Positive
Patricia Muscovalley (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 3 (N Eastside)
Sarah Anthony (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Beverly Hansen (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 4 (Downtown / West)
Bryan Crenshaw (Dem) – Very Positive
Vicki Niklas (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 5 (SE Lansing)
Todd Tennis (Dem) – Very Positive
William Douglas Ames (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Ingham Commissioner 6 (SW Lansing)
Randy Maiville (Rep) – Mixed
Brandon Currin (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 7 (S Lansing)
Kara Hope (Dem) – Very Positive
Leslie Markwort (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 8 (NW East Lansing)
Mark Grebner (Dem) – Extremely Positive
Christopher McNamara (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 9 (NE East Lans / W Meridian)
Carol Koenig (Dem) – Very Positive**
Ashlyne Borruso (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 10 (Lansing East)
Brian McGrain (Dem) – Extremely Positive
Janice Harvey (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Martin Mashon (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 11 (N Meridian)
Teri Banas (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Xavier Durand-Hollis (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire I

ngham Commsionner 12 (S Meridian)
Deb Nolan (Dem) – Very Positive**
Christopher Pawsat (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Ingham Commissioner 13 (Williamston)
Randy Schafer (Rep) – Negative**

Ingham Commissioner 14 (S Ingham)
Robin Case Naeyaert (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

JUDGES

4th District Judge of Court of Appeals
Michael Gadola – Ignored Questionnaire

Circuit Court 30th (Vote for not more than 2)
Joyce Draganchuk – Very Positive
Clinton Canady III – Ignored Questionnaire

District Court 54 A (Lansing) (Vote for not more than 2)
Hugh Clarke Jr. – Positive
Louise Alderson – Ignored Questionnaire

District Court 54 B (East Lansing)
Richard Ball – Ignored Questionnaire

District Court 55 (Ingham except Lansing and East Lansing)
Donald Allen – Ignored Questionnaire

Dem = Democratic Party GRN = Green Party LIB = Libertarian Party NLP = Natural Law Party NPA = No party affiliation Rep = Republican Party USTX = US Taxpayers Party WC = Working Class Party

SCHOOL BOARDS

East Lansing School Board (Vote for not more than 3)
Kathleen Edsall – Very Positive
Erin Graham – Very Positive
Robert Clark – Positive
Nichole Martin – Positive
Mike Conlin – Ignored Questionnaire
Kyle Guerrant – Ignored Questionnaire
Hillary Henderson – Ignored Questionnaire

Haslett School Board (Vote for not more than 3)
Greg Bird – Positive
Tammy Lemmer – Positive
Molly Polverento – Positive
Tim Griffin – Ignored Questionnaire

Holt School Board (Vote for not more than 2)
Ben Bakken – Ignored Questionnaire
Laura Colligan – Ignored Questionnaire
Larry Nassar – Ignored Questionnaire

Lansing School Board (Vote for not more than 3)
Mark Eagle – Very Positive
Stephen Purchase – Very Positive
Ronald L. Holley – Positive
Gabrielle Johnson – Positive
Melissa Lilje – Positive
Amy Hodgin –Positive**

Lansing School Board (partial term)
Nino Rodriguez – Positive
Undra M. Brown III – Ignored Questionnaire

Okemos School Board (Vote for not more than 4)
Melanie C. Lynn – Ignored Questionnaire
Tonya Rodriguez – Ignored Questionnaire
Sarah Wohlford – Ignored Questionnaire

Erica Wolf – Ignored Questionnaire

EATON COUNTY

CONGRESSIONAL

U.S. House – 7th District
Gretchen Driskell (Dem) – Very Positive
Ken Proctor (LIB) – Positive
Tim Walberg (Rep) – Very Negative*

LEGISLATIVE

State House – 65th (Southeast Eaton & Jackson)
Bonnie Johnson (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Brett Roberts (Rep) – Negative*
Ronald Muszynski (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire

State House – 71st (Remainder of Eaton)
Theresa Abed (Dem) – Positive*
Tom Barrett (Rep) – Negative*
Marc Lord (LIB) – Negative

DELTA TOWNSHIP

Delta Township Supervisor
Ken Fletcher (Dem) – Very Positive
Joseph Spadafore (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Delta Township Clerk
Mary Clark (Dem) – Positive

Delta Township Treasurer
Howard Pizzo (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire

Delta Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4)
Dennis Fedewa (Dem) – Very Positive
Andrea Cascarilla (Dem) – Positive
Deana Newman (Dem) – Positive
Karen Mojica (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Leslie Denardo (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Linda Marquardt (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Rick Olivarez (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Carah Spadafore (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

EATON COUNTY-WIDE

Eaton County Prosecutor
Steven A. Freeman (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Doug Lloyd (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Sheriff
Tom Reich (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Fred McPhail (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Clerk & Register of Deeds
Diana Bosworth (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Treasurer
Bob Robinson (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Mike Atayan (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Drain Commissioner
Bruce Porter (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Richard Wagner (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

SCHOOL BOARD

Holt School Board (Vote for not more than 2)
Ben Bakken – Ignored Questionnaire
Laura Colligan – Ignored Questionnaire
Larry Nassar – Ignored Questionnaire

EATON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Eaton County Commissioner District 1
Christine Barnes (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Michael Hosey (Dem) –Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 2
Blake Mulder (Rep) –Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 3
Terrance Augustine (Dem) – Positive**
Jon Shiflett (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 4
Howard Spence (Dem) – Very Positive
Gina Johnsen (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 5
Jeanne Pearl-Wright (Dem) – Mixed
Mark Sands (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 6
Jane Whitacre (Dem) – Positive
Andrew Lemke (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 7
Glenn Freeman III (Dem) – Positive**
Frank Egeler (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 8
Joseph Brehler (Dem) – Positive
Cameron Nathaniel Pickford (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 9
Brian Droscha (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 10
Tony Chandler (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Roger Eakin (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 11
Wayne Ridge (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 12
Brian Lautzenheiser (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 13
Kent Austin (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 14
Lisa Deavers (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Heather Wood (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Eaton County Commissioner District 15
Andy Beck (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Barbara Ann Rogers (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

JUDGES

3rd District Judge of Court of Appeals (Vote for up to 2)
Joel Hoekstra – Ignored Questionnaire
David Sawyer – Ignored Questionnaire

District Court 56 A
Shirlee Bobryk – Ignored Questionnaire
Julie O'Neill – Ignored Questionnaire

CLINTON COUNTY

CONGRESSIONAL

U.S. House – 4th District
Jordan Salvi (GRN) – Positive
Debra Wirth (Dem) – Positive*
Keith Butkovich (NLP) – Mixed
John Moolenaar (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Leonard Schwartz (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire
George Zimmer (UST) – Negative

State House – 93rd
Josh Derke (Dem) – Positive**
Tom Leonard (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Tyler Palmer (LIB) – Ignored Questionnaire

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Clinton County Commissioner District 1
Kam Washburn (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Clinton County Commissioner District 2
David Pohl (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Clinton County Commissioner District 3
Bruce DeLong (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Clinton County Commissioner District 4
Kenneth Mitchell (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Clinton County Commissioner District 5
Robert Showers (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Clinton County Commissioner District 6
Dwight Washington (Dem) – Positive**
Anne Hill (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Clinton County Commissioner District 7
Adam Stacey (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

BATH TOWNSHIP

Bath Township Supervisor
Marie Howe (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Jack Phillips (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

Bath Township Clerk
Kathleen McQueen (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire

Bath Township Treasurer
Steven Wiswasser (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire

Bath Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4)
Denise McCrimmon (Dem) – Positive
Cindy Cronk (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Dan Stockwell (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Allen Rosekrans (Dem) – Ignored Questionnaire
Harold Buck Kuisel (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Scott Ray (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Chris Stewart (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire
Dennis Geisenhaver (Rep) – Ignored Questionnaire

JUDGES

4th District Judge of Court of Appeals
Michael Gadola – Ignored Questionnaire

Circuit Court 29th
Michelle Rick – Ignored Questionnaire

SCHOOL BOARDS

East Lansing School Board (Vote for not more than 3)
Kathleen Edsall – Very Positive
Erin Graham – Very Positive
Robert Clark – Positive
Nichole Martin – Positive Mike Conlin – Ignored Questionnaire
Kyle Guerrant – Ignored Questionnaire
Hillary Henderson – Ignored Questionnaire

Lansing School Board (Vote for not more than 3)
Mark Eagle – Very Positive
Stephen Purchase – Very Positive
Ronald L. Holley – Positive
Gabrielle Johnson – Positive
Melissa Lilje – Positive
Amy Hodgin –Positive**

Lansing School Board (partial term)
Nino Rodriguez – Positive
Undra M. Brown III – Ignored Questionnaire

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