Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS May 3, 2016– Last month, delegates to the Kent-Ionia Labor Council endorsed State Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-76) and David LaGrand (D-75) for re-election this November.
Brinks, who has represented the 76th house district that runs the perimeter of Grand Rapids since 2013, will face off against the winner of August’s Republican primary– either Casey J. O’Neill or Jeff Sheridan.
LaGrand, who won a special election in March to fill a vacant house seat, will face off against Republican Chad C. Rossiter to represent the 75th house district, which comprises most of Grand Rapids.
“Both Winnie and David have proven records of fighting for Michigan’s working people,” said KICLC President Sean Egan (IBEW Local 275). “For over three years, Rep. Brinks has stood up for students and veterans, as well as working families struggling under Michigan’s rigged tax system.
“Rep. LaGrand, while new to his job in Lansing, has been a fierce advocate for working families in Grand Rapids for years– from his time on the city commission and school board to his service in the Kent County prosecutor’s office. Our endorsement of him two months ago still stands; I’m fully confident he will be a strong voice for social and economic justice in the state capital.”
The Kent-Ionia Labor Council will continue to evaluate candidates for local office in the weeks ahead, and will make additional endorsements ahead of the August and November elections.