Michele Oberholtzer was chosen from a field of 14 candidates for the highly respectable endorsement of the Detroit Free Press. The endorsement highlighted Oberholtzer’s work, as well as her understanding of her community. Read the text here:
“Candidates of MICHELE OBERHOLTZER’s caliber don’t come along every day. As director of Detroit-based nonprofit United Community Housing Coalition tax foreclosure prevention project, Oberholtzer has worked tirelessly to help struggling Detroiters keep their homes. It is thankless, difficult work, and her boundless commitment to the people she serves bespeaks the kind of dedication she’d bring to Lansing.
The 4th encompasses parts of Detroit and Hamtramck. Rico Razo, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s District 6 manager, is also a noteworthy candidate. But Oberholtzer displays a deeper understanding of the poverty that bedevils her district, and a keen appreciation for the difference between sensible policy and its successful implementation on the ground.”
– Detroit Free Press, August 2nd, 2018
Michele Oberholtzer was named as one of “15 People Making Moves in Michigan” by the Detroit Metro Times on July 25, 2018.
In 2017, the People Issue featured gubernatorial candidate and ideological ally Abdul El-Sayed.
In 2018, Oberholtzer was the only candidate for public office chosen to be included in the issue.
Michele Oberholtzer was named one of the Metro Times’ Most Progressive Democrats in Michigan, sharing the honor with U.S. House Candidate Rashida Tlaib, and State Senate Candidates Stephanie Chang and Abraham Aiyash.
“House 4 — Michele Oberholtzer (Parts of Detroit and Hamtramck.) Oberholtzer is a housing activist who works as the program director for the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project at the United Community Housing Coalition. She supports single-payer health care and a $15-per-hour minimum wage. She proposes a water affordability plan establishing water as a human right and “ensuring reasonable rates to meet basic needs like drinking, bathing, and cooking.” She proposes cutting “the flow of funding and support for for-profit and charter schools,” and “reducing reliance on expensive and ineffective standardized testing.” Oberholtzer proposes removing school closure mandates based on performance, and capping post-secondary tuition for any school that receives public funding.”
-Detroit Metro Times, July 26, 2018
In January 2018, Michele Oberholtzer was featured on this cover of Time Magazine as one of the “Avengers,” a group of women running for political office. A record number of women are running for office in 2018, and Oberholtzer was 1 of just 48 featured on the cover of Time. Oberholtzer is just behind the “I” in “TIME.”
Original Writing- Journalism
Mythbusting the Detroit Tax Foreclosure Auction– Metro Times
Taking Advantage of Detroit– Metro Times
A Non-Asshole’s Guide to the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction– Deadline Detroit
“I Can’t Breathe”– Occupy.com
Parking Violated– Michigan Citizen
Bureaucracy Biggest Obstacle to Detroit Residents without Water– Michigan Radio
Advocate: Special Deals for Millionaires, Why Not Homeowners?– Michigan Radio
UM Addressing Detroit Poverty With Initiative– The Detroit News
Original Writing- Local and Personal
Copyright © 2017 Michele Oberholtzer for State Representative