An Equity-Focused Endorsement Process
Equity PAC's 2019 Endorsement Process is now open! If you are a candidate running for elected office in Kent County in 2019 and seek Equity PAC's endorsement the first step is to complete and submit the Application for Endorsement. We will be accepting applications now through June 18th.
Equity PAC endorsement decisions are made by our leadership in a three stage process that includes 1) confidential candidate applications, 2) public input, and 3) Equity PAC leadership endorsement decisions based on all available information.
More importantly is that Equity PAC’s theory of political equity is not based on specific policies or any litmus test or even party platforms. Though Equity PAC has stemmed from issues of police and representational injustice, we also recognize that policy making and political decision-making is complicated and the most equitable course may change with the times.
Consequently, while Equity PAC holds up principles of police reform, affordable housing, immigration justice and representational government, we are most interested in endorsing candidates willing to build power in their most historically marginalized constituency. We look to our candidates to build platforms and stages for the people they serve who absolutely need a voice at the table. And we hope these platforms and stages are built not simply to inform our endorsed candidate, but to inform the community and the institution served regardless of the candidate’s agenda or interest. So this may take the form of a candidate paying for organization around affordable housing in a historically black neighborhood facing gentrification through their own campaign for city commission, or a school board member assembling parents of special needs children to inform the school board on policy. It could be a college trustee working to assemble stories of LGBTQ students to inform institutional operating procedures, or a county commissioner commissioning a bus once a week to get people that need rides to the county commission meetings.
More and more Equity PAC endorsement means a commitment by our endorsed leaders to seek out and use their influence to amplify the voices of those who have been shut out of decision making.
If you would like to read more on why we value our endorsed leaders raising the voices of historically marginaled citizens we encourage you to browse these articles on our foundational philosophies.
Note: bolded text indicates election wins.
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