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Livonia’s quality schools, safe neighborhoods, and abundant opportunities didn’t happen by accident. They are the result of choosing passionate, experienced public servants to lead our communities—people who led in our classrooms, in our hospitals, and in our local businesses well before their names appeared on a single ballot. 2020 has tested our citizens’ resolve, our social structures, and our very democracy. Life as we know it has changed dramatically in the wake of COVID-19. Yet we can rebuild and thrive again if we empower thoughtful, Democratic leaders at every level, from the Livonia Public Schools Board to the White House. Leaders who will put people’s health and well-being first, save our small businesses and the jobs they create, invest in our children’s schools, and make a brighter future possible for all.



Make your voice heard on November 3rd! Your vote can change the course of our future. Get ready for Election Day:

  • Make sure you're registered. Voters can register in-person at the Livonia City Clerk’s Office at City Hall up to and on Election Day (bring proof of eligibility and residency as outlined here). If registering by mail, registrations must be postmarked by October 19th. 

    • You can also request an absentee ballot in person and vote the ballot at the time of registration.


  • All Michigan voters are now eligible to vote absentee. 

    • Obtain an absentee ballot by applying entirely online here or download a fillable application form here and return it to the Livonia City Clerk’s office at City Hall. You can also request an absentee ballot by calling (734) 466-2121 or visiting the City Clerk’s office in person.  

      • ​If applying within a week of the election, we recommend that you request and vote your absentee ballot in person at the City Clerk’s office.

    • Make sure you sign your application! Then, submit it to the Livonia City Clerk’s Office at City Hall in person, or by mail. 

      • You can also receive assistance in returning your application or ballot—learn more here

    • Vote your ballot using the instructions provided on your ballot’s secrecy sleeve.

    • Make sure to sign your ballot! Then, return your ballot by:

      • Delivering it in person to the red mailbox outside Livonia City Hall (the best way to make sure your ballot is counted), 

      • Dropping it in the mail no later than October 20th, or 

      • By contacting an election official no later than the Friday before the election to request a ballot pickup. Call (734) 466-2235 for assistance.

      • Don’t miss the deadline: Voters must return absentee ballots by 8:00 pm on November 3rd.

Dayna Polehanki

Dayna knows what is working—and what -isn't—about Michigan's educational system. She's seen it firsthand while spending the past fifteen years in the classroom preparing high school students to succeed in an ever-changing world. As a small business owner herself, and the wife of a plant supervisor at Ford, Dayna also understands the impact on our economy and communities when we don't promote job growth and support workers in our key industries. For Dayna, it's about giving Michiganders the ability to take care of their families with good jobs, reliable infrastructure, and affordable healthcare. We need smart solutions that put people first. We need Dayna.  



Joe Biden

for President


Joe Biden’s political career began on the New Castle county, Delaware council after he graduated from Syracuse University Law School. In 1972, he was elected to the U.S. Senate at age 29. He became Delaware’s longest-serving Senator and focused on foreign relations, criminal justice, and drug policy. Biden served as the 47th Vice President under President Barack Obama, where he helped shape U.S. policy in Iraq. President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction in January 2017. Biden’s current platform focuses on combating climate change, increasing access to affordable childcare, expanding federal health care plans, and strengthening the social safety net for low-income communities.

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Kamala Harris

for Vice President


Kamala Harris is currently a U.S. Senator for California—the first South Asian-American woman to serve in this capacity, and only the second African-American woman Senator. After law school, she worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Oakland, California, and became the District Attorney in 2004. She became the first female and first African-American Attorney General of California in 2010, where she fought against mortgage lenders with unfair practices and advocated for same-sex marriage. As a candidate for U.S. Senate, her platform included issues of women’s reproductive rights and immigration and criminal justice reforms. She launched her presidential campaign in early 2019, but later ended her candidacy and supported Joe Biden. Biden selected Harris to be his Vice Presidential candidate in August 2020.

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Gary Peters

for U.S. Senate

Senator Peters is committed to supporting our working families, strengthening small businesses, and rebuilding our middle class. A Michigan native, Navy veteran, and former investment advisor, Senator Peters has the experience and drive to make changes in Washington that will help Michiganders thrive. During his Senate career, he has promoted bipartisan solutions including increasing protections for the Great Lakes, expanding career and technical education opportunities, and providing support for veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. Senator Peters is an unwavering, independent voice for Michigan’s citizens.

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Haley Stevens

for U.S. House District 11

With a government resume that includes being the Chief of Staff of President Obama’s U.S. Auto Rescue Task Force, Congresswoman Haley Stevens has made promoting manufacturing a cornerstone of her service, alongside critical issues like increasing healthcare access and protecting workers’ rights. She is a member of the House Committee on Education & Labor and the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, and serves as Chairwoman of its Research & Development Subcommittee. Congresswoman Stevens is committed to helping Michigan workers, small businesses, and families rebuild after the crisis.

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Elizabeth Welch

for MI Supreme Court


Elizabeth has spent her 25-year legal career advocating for individuals, nonprofits, small businesses, and municipalities. In addition to being an attorney, Elizabeth is a long-time Trustee of the East Grand Rapids School Board, Trustee of the Grand Valley University Foundation, Vice President and Trustee of the Steelcase Foundation, and the former President of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Elizabeth will be an advocate for fairness and progress in Michigan’s court system.

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Bridget Mary McCormack

for MI Supreme Court


Chief Justice McCormack believes every Michigander deserves a Supreme Court that is fair and free from political influence. She believes that the court must do more than decide cases--they must connect residents with resources and services that can positively impact their lives. As Chief Justice, she co-chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Reform, which developed evidence-based reform proposals for consideration by the Michigan Legislature. She also supports the Justice for All Task Force, which enables people of all incomes and backgrounds to advocate for themselves and their interests via the legal system. Chief Justice McCormack will continue to promote justice and access for all.

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Laurie Pohutsky

for State House of Representatives District 19


State Representative Laurie Pohutsky grew up in Redford, Michigan, the daughter of a nurse and small business owner mother and a Teamster/city employee father. Her dad’s work in public service piqued her interest; however, it wasn’t until she began her own career and saw her peers and elders alike struggling to find good-paying jobs and afford basic necessities that she decided to put her name on the ballot. Laurie knows we can do better for our citizens, especially on issues like education, health care, and eldercare.  A microbiologist by trade, she is also deeply passionate about protecting our water and environment. Laurie will stand up for all of us.

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Jewell Jones

for State House of Representatives District 11


State Representative Jewell Jones is the youngest person to be elected to Michigan’s Legislature. He is the Democratic Vice Chair of the Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security Committee and is a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee. Prior to being elected to the Michigan House, Jewell served on the Inkster City Council, the Inkster Task Force, the Inkster Youth Coalition, and as a small business owner, was a member of the Inkster Chamber of Commerce. He is also a National Guard member and a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His legislative priorities include improving our education system, strengthening our communities, and working to keep our young talent in Michigan.


Matt Koleszar

for State House of Representatives District 20


State Representative Matt Koleszar originally pursued a career in education to serve his students; however, after more than a decade as an educator, he realized his representatives in Lansing weren’t serving Michigan’s teachers or public schools effectively. This led to a successful run for the Michigan House, where Matt could put his expertise and drive to work for our teachers, schools, and students. But it doesn’t end with education. Matt knows Michiganders want—and deserve—affordable healthcare, quality schools, and modern infrastructure, and they want to have a say in helping Michigan succeed, today and tomorrow. Matt will lead us toward a brighter future.

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Nancy Darga

for Wayne County Commissioner


A landscape architect by training and childhood Polio survivor, Nancy Darga is passionate about preserving historic and green spaces throughout Wayne County and strengthening our county’s public health and safety services for citizens. She has brought this passion and expertise to several public service positions throughout her career, including Chief of Design for the Wayne County Park System, Former Managing Director of the MotorCities National Heritage Area, Former Executive Director of the Ford Piquette Plant National Historic Landmark, and founding member of the Friends of the Rouge River. Nancy is also a long-time member and former Mayor Pro-Tem of the Northville City Council.

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David Knezek Jr.

for Wayne County Commissioner


David was appointed in February to the 8th District seat on the Wayne County Commission, and is now seeking his first full term. He currently serves on the Government Operations, Audit, and Public Safety Committees as well as the Special Committee on Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs. As a former state Senator, Marine Corps veteran, and current director of Legislative Affairs for the Michigan Department of Attorney General, David has the experience and commitment to public service to make positive changes for our communities in Wayne County. David also sits on the board of Starfish Family Services, is Vice President of the Dearborn Heights Goodfellows, and is a member of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, the Redford Township Jaycees, the University of Michigan-Dearborn Alumni Association Board, and the American Legion Post 232.

Nicholas Hathaway

for 3rd Circuit Court


Nicholas Hathaway has advocated on behalf of Wayne County families as a referee for more than ten years and has also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Wayne County. He has the knowledge, experience, and empathy needed to make impactful decisions as a Circuit Court Judge.

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Chandra Baker

for 3rd Circuit Court


Chandra Baker has been a prosecutor for 12 years and is currently the Lead Attorney and Wayne Arson Reduction Unit head within the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. She has litigated cases involving homicide, arson, armed robbery, narcotics, and other violent crimes, and previously worked as an attorney at a civil defense firm in the labor and employment section.

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Livonia Public School Board

Madeline Acosta

for Livonia Public School Board


Madeline Acosta is a current Livonia Public Schools substitute teacher, PTA president, and former special education teacher. She also previously served as a Bilingual Paraprofessional for migrant workers in Grand Rapids and a Bilingual Educational Technician in Detroit and is committed to advocating for and giving a voice to all children while supporting and empowering teachers and staff.

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Dan Centers

for Livonia Public School Board


Dan Centers is a fourth-generation Livonia resident who is in his second term as Trustee on the Livonia School Board. He has been a classroom teacher, executive with Boy Scouts of America, and a development officer at Madonna University in addition to volunteering with the Livonia Jaycees, Civitan International, and several local PTSA organizations. He is committed to improving Livonia Public Schools and providing teachers and staff the support they need to do their best work.

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Karen Bradford

for Livonia Public School Board


Karen Bradford is a Trustee for the Livonia School Board and has been involved in Livonia Public Schools as a parent, PTSA/PTA president and board member, and on the District School Improvement Team and Return to Learn Task Force. She is also a part-time substitute teacher and previously worked as an ACAT tester at Webster Elementary.


for Livonia Public School Board


Nichole Hoskins-Goudreau is an attorney and Michigan native who previously taught criminal justice courses to college students. As a mom and Livonia resident, she is passionate about advocating for students and the Livonia Public School district as a school board member.

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Schoolcraft Trustees


Brian Broderick

for Schoolcraft Trustee


Brian Broderick is in his fourth term as a Schoolcraft Trustee and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He is the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools and the state representative to the Council of American Private Education. He is also a board member of Michigan Youth in Government, the Michigan Virtual University, the Felician Sisters Childcare Centers, and the Education Alliance of Michigan.

Joan Gebhardt

for Schoolcraft Trustee

Joan Gebhardt is serving her second term on the Board of Trustees and is currently the board’s secretary. She is also the board’s Trustee Director to the Michigan Community College Association and serves on the Schoolcraft Development Authority, the SC Development Unit 14, Inc., and the IT subcommittee. Previously, she represented Schoolcraft at the South East Michigan Council of Governments and served on the Executive Committee and ultimately, as Chair—the first chair from a community college in the organization’s history. She was also a Wayne County Commissioner.

Terry Gilligan

for Schoolcraft Trustee


Terry Gilligan has served on the Board of Trustees for nearly eight years and is currently the board’s treasurer. He is also a long-time member and elected leader of the Pipefitters Local, where his current role is Financial Secretary/Treasurer and Assistant Business Manager. Terry also chairs the Political Action Committee for Local 636 which is active in local, state, and national politics. 


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