As State Representative for District 4, I will work for ambitious, affordable, and justice-based policies. I will advocate for affordability, accessibility and equity in housing, environment, education, workforce, government, and transportation.
I will go beyond good ideas and good rhetoric.
I have the courage and work ethic to finally turn our shared values into a shared reality.
I am a Housing Advocate. Even while running this campaign, I still go to work every day as the Director of Tax Foreclosure Prevention at the United Community Housing Coalition.
Detroit used to lead the nation in homeownership and we still have enough land to accommodate everyone. We need more affordable housing and we need to protect our homeowners.
I have been fighting against these issues for years, and it’s time to fix the problem at its source and change the laws in Lansing.
Our natural environment is at risk. State laws need to be changed to protect our air, water, and land. Water is a human right. Water must be accessible to all.
We must improve our renewable energy, and protect communities vulnerable to high pollution. I pledge to fight environmental racism at every turn and ensure full respect to indigenous land and people.
I have worked for renewable energy and environmental protections in Detroit, New York, and South Africa. We must protect our natural resources and people here in Michigan.
We are in the heart of the automotive industry, yet many Detroit and Hamtramck residents are unable to afford the costs of driving. We need to bring down the cost of car insurance and end redlining.
I will fight for better public transportation. It is essential for individuals who cannot drive, as well as for the environment.
I am an Engineer, and I know that we desperately need to repair our roads and bridges, and invest in sustainable and safe infrastructure for all parts of our city and our state.
We must value our public education system and give our children the attention and care they all deserve.
Privatization and emergency management have harmed our schools and our children – I will work with educators and communities to improve our schools, not shut them down.
I will fight to close the income-education gap. It is 2018 – we cannot have a child’s future determined by the zip code they were born in or the income of their family.
Emergency management in Detroit needs to end. It is undemocratic and has stolen countless votes from Detroit and Hamtramck residents, trapping them in a system of state oversight.
Gerrymandering has severely restricted the power of voters across the state. Our government is a non-representative democracy that doesn’t work for all of us. We need policies that respect our democracy and restore the power of the vote.
I will fight to get money out of politics, ensure fair elections, and demand transparency from our government.
A strong economy is necessary for Michigan, and we can make that happen while still ensuring fair and equitable working conditions.
We need a $15 minimum wage. I believe that a person who works full time should earn enough money to provide for themselves and their family.
I support organized labor, and I will work for policies based on the values that organized labor works for, including fair and equitable wages and paid sick leave.
I will fight racism, sexism, classism, Islamophobia and homophobia at every level of our government and society, and I pledge to always prioritize a person’s basic human rights regardless of race, gender identity, religion, or class.
I will work for an inclusive, equitable society that uplifts and embraces different histories, religions, politics, identities and perspectives.
We must invest in quality schools for all communities and we need to fight fiercely for criminal justice reform. We must fight inequality and discrimination in policy and ensure equal opportunities to all.
Copyright © 2017 Michele Oberholtzer for State Representative