Livingston Shows Dem Gains!
You did it!
Your phone calls, donations, literature drops and more added up to a Democratic victory on Tuesday for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, 8th District Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and newcomer Elizabeth Welch.
At the same time, we re-elected Lori Cowan to the Unadilla Township board of trustees and elected Cindy Michniewicz to the Hamburg Township board of trustees. We also elected Democrats to many non-partisan positions, including Jordan Genso and Caitlyn Perry Dial to the Brighton library board; Mary Evergreen to the Hamburg library board; Doug Cornett to the Fowlerville library board; Alicia Reid to the Brighton Area Schools board, and Crystal Zurek to the Howell Public Schools board, as well as many others
The local media will tell you Trump carried the county but here are some things they won't tell you:
--Biden's share of the presidential vote in Livingston County was up 5.63 percent from Clinton's share in 2016.
--Our 48,218 votes for Biden put Livingston County 10th highest among Michigan's 83 counties.
--The record number of Democratic candidates on the ballot for state and local races in our county (39) helped fuel a huge increase in the number of straight ticket votes for Democrats -- 23,025 compared to 13,620 four years ago. Straight ticket voting helps us reduce the fall-off in votes between the top of the ticket and races lower down on the ballot.
--Elissa Slotkin carried the city of Brighton and won 48 percent of the vote in Howell.
Elections are won at the margins, and our efforts to reduce the margins here won national attention. Take a look at the Politico article by Brighton native Tim Alberta.
Many people made this victory possible -- including you!
(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114.)