Andy Linko

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Andy Linko
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 23
Campaign website
Andy Linko was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 23 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1]


Campaign themes


Linko's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Restore funding to our schools

  • Excerpt: "Since 2011, the Michigan Legislature has stripped away funding from schools in the amount of $3 billion. That number shocks me, and it should shock you as well. Supporting our kids and making sure their schools get the funding they need is one of my top priorities."

Roll back tax increases on middle-class families and seniors

  • Excerpt: "Recent tax law changes have resulted in individuals paying 32 percent more in taxes while corporations pay much less. This is simply unfair, and it’s making it difficult for middle-class families and seniors to make ends meet. I will restore the tax credits and deductions families rely on, and get rid of the new retirement tax on seniors."

Bring back funding for police and fire services

  • Excerpt: "Public safety is one of the most important resources to make a community prosper, not only to set down roots and raise a family, but to build a business as well. Without police and fire services, residents don’t feel safe, and I will do everything I can to bring these public safety necessities back to full strength."

Support small-business owners and help them create jobs

  • Excerpt: "I know that the past few years have been challenging ones for entrepreneurs. We must support and encourage small business owners, so that they can create jobs and put people back to work."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. David Haener defeated Andy Linko and Bob Ptaszynski in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Pat Somerville was unopposed in the Republican primary. Somerville defeated Haener in the general election.[3][4][1][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 23 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Somerville Incumbent 52.1% 16,060
     Democratic David Haener 47.9% 14,754
Total Votes 30,814
Michigan House of Representatives, District 23 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Haener 39.9% 2,666
Andy Linko 39.5% 2,636
Bob Ptaszynski 20.6% 1,372
Total Votes 6,674



In 2014, Linko's endorsements included the following:[6]

  • Congressman John D. Dingell
  • Wyandotte Mayor Joe Peterson
  • Flat Rock Mayor Jon Dropiewski
  • Detroit News
  • UAW Region 1A
  • Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
  • Michigan Townships Association
  • American Federation of Teachers - Michigan
  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters U.B.C.J.A.
  • BCTGM Local #326
  • Trenton City Councilman Steven Rzeppa
  • Laborers' Union
  • Brownstown Trustee Brian Peters
  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham
  • Teamsters Local #337
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local #876
  • AFSCME Council 25
  • Gibralter Councilman Brian Arp

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