Since our inception in 2016, 19 of the 31 (61%) candidates and ballot initiatives we've endorsed won! Over thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours helped secure important wins on city and county commissions, the state senate, school boards and more. Even more, over half of our endorsed candidates are Black, Latino or LGBTQ and over half are women. We've also advanced conversations in the political landscape and seen progress in key equity areas like policing and diversity in government.
What we're doing works. Learn more about our endorsement process or how you can get involved.
Our Theory of Change
Since 2016 Equity PAC has endorsed equity-minded candidates, ballot initiatives and advanced public discourse. We seek to support those who are willing to learn from others’ lived experiences and boldly make decisions that advance equity in all areas of public life.
We recognize that public leadership is difficult. Equity PAC endorses candidates that are willing to listen, lead in empathy and evolve as a representative of the people. We listen closely to the challenges our endorsed leaders face in advancing equity and support them in finding solutions.
Equity PAC endorsement decisions are led by our leadership team with public input. Our multi-step process includes confidential candidate applications, engagement with the public and their input.
We believe those we endorse can be equity leaders and help finally get us to the change we’ve been talking about. Those candidates and ballot initiatives are below. Bolded text indicates election wins.
Endorsements & wins to date
Note: bolded text indicates election wins.
Check out the public forum with candidates for District Court Judge, GRCC Board of Trustees and Kentwood Public School Board of Directors here
- Elaine Isely for Kent County Drain Commissioner
- Michelle McCloud for Kent County Commissioner, District 13
- Monica Sparks for Kent County Commissioner, District 12
- Jim Talen for Kent County Commissioner, District 15
- Stephen Wooden for Kent County Commissioner, District 18
Check out the 2019 public primary forum for the Grand Rapids City Commission race
- Milinda Ysasi, City of Grand Rapids 2nd Ward City Commission
- Allison Lutz, City of Grand Rapids 1st Ward City Commission
Check out the 2018 public forum
- Alida Bryant, 17th Circuit Court Judge
- Craig Beach, 28th District State Senate
- Kathy Crosby, Grand Rapids Community College Trustee
- Kymberlie Davis, Grand Rapids Public School Board
- Pam DeGryse, 6th District Kent County Commission
- Christina Elmore, 17th Circuit Court Judge
- Chad Patton, Grand Rapids Public School Board
- Carlos Sanchez, Grand Rapids Community College Trustee
- Monica Sparks, County Commissioner
- Robert Van Kirk, 77th State House District
- Proposal 2 for redistricting reform (Voters Not Politicians)
- Kimberly Wiliams, Grand Rapids Public School Board
- Stephen Wooden, County Commissioner
- Grand Rapids Public Library Millage Levy Renewal
- Grand Rapids Public Schools Non-Homestead Operating Millage
- Transit Millage Renewal
- Wyoming Public Schools Bond
- Joe Jones for Grand Rapids Ward 2 City Commissioner
- Kurt Reppart for Grand Rapids Ward 1 City Commissioner
- Tami VandenBurg for Grand Rapids Ward 2 City Commissioner
- Strong Schools Strong Communities Regional Enhancement Millage
- Tony Baker for Kent County Commissioner
- Kenyatta Brame for Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees
- Winnie Brinks for State of Michigan 76th District Representative
- Alida Bryant for Kent County Prosecutor
- Kristian Grant for Grand Rapids Public Schools School Board
- Rachel Hood for Kent County Drain Commissioner
- Chris Reader for Kent County Clerk
- Phil Skaggs for Kent County Commission