Fred Durhal III

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Fred Durhal III
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
OtherAttended Eastern Michigan University
ProfessionDistrict Office Manager for State Representative Fred Durhal, Jr.
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Fred Durhal III is a Democratic member-elect of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 5.[1][2]


Durhal is the son of Michigan State Rep. Fred Durhal, Jr. He studied Political Science at Eastern Michigan University.[3]

Durhal is also associated with the following organizations:

  • Michigan Democratic Party (Eleanor Roosevelt Member)
  • Young Democrats of America
  • Dexter Elmhurst Community Center (former board member)
  • Barton McFarland Community Organization
  • Littlefield Community Organization
  • Russell Woods-Sullivan community organization


Below is an abbreviated outline of Durhal's professional and political career:[3]

  • 2004: Literacy Director for AmeriCorps: Guidance Center
  • 2004: Village Builders of Northwest Detroit
  • 2008, 2010 and 2012: Deputy Campaign Manager for the Fred Durhal, Jr. for State Representative campaign
  • 2010: Campaign Worker for the Pam Jackson (D) for State Representative campaign
  • 2012: Campaign Worker for the Oakland County Democratic Party
  • 2013: Deputy Campaign Manager for the Fred Durhal, Jr. for Mayor campaign
  • 2009-Present: District Office Manager for State Representative Fred Durhal, Jr.


Campaign themes


In an email submission to Ballotpedia, Durhal listed the following as his political philosophy:[3]

  • Education (K-12-Higher Ed)
  • Opposed to the EAA
  • Support Public Education and Protect Public Education in Michigan.
  • Provide adequate funding tied to the rate of inflation.
  • Increase the Per Pupil allocation for distressed school districts.
  • Transportation
  • Seek funding for road repair and replacement.
  • Create a permanent plan for road maintenance.
  • Support of Comprehensive Regional Transportation for Detroit and Southeast Michigan.
  • Jobs Plan
  • Make sure every worker in Michigan is provided a Liveable Wage.
  • Protect pensions of Michigan Workers.
  • Work to bring Jobs to Michigan.
  • Opposed to giving tax breaks to Businesses who outsource and send our jobs elsewhere and outside of Michigan.
  • Work to secure more jobs under the States Road Plan.
  • Economic Growth
  • Foster a climate that expands Michigan's Middle Class
  • Foster a climate where people have more spendable income.
  • Increase training opportunities with existing business.
  • Support Economic development with State officials ensuring that they have the tools they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.
  • Community Stabilization
  • Secure state funds for community reclamation projects.
  • Work with government and philanthropic agencies to develop housing,
  • Support Anti-Scrapping legislation
  • Fight Blight
  • Work with financial institutions to communities to combat the effects of foreclosure and abandonment on neighborhoods.
  • Women's Issues
  • Support Rape Kit Legislation
  • Support Protection of a Woman's Right to Choose
  • Support Equal Pay for Equal Work Legislation
  • Human Services
  • Support legislation and efforts to protect the Safety Net.
  • Oppose reductions to benefits.
  • Easier access to job training.
  • Oppose drug testing as a qualification to receive benefits.
  • Make sure benefits are available to all Michigan Residents in need.
  • Public Safety
  • Against drastic cuts to Michigan communities. Those cuts are hurting cities and towns across the State that are providing Public Safety Services.
  • Support legislation providing more funding to help cities provide more officers, more EMS and Fire equipment.
  • Fight for additional revenue sharing to improve public safety.
  • Urban Policy
  • Work to make sure for the first time Michigan has and urban agenda that will address issues for all Michigan's cities.
  • Oppose Emergency Manager Legislation and law and will work to repeal Emergency Manager Public Acts.
  • Worker's Rights
  • Work to repeal Michigan's Right to Work Law.
  • Work to ensure Collective Bargaining is protected.
  • Work to repeal Worker's Right to Strike legislation that takes away striking rights.
  • Equality for Every Michigan Citizen
  • Support Marriage Equality Rights regardless to sexual orientation, or gender.-Fight for fairness and equality for all Michigan Citizen's even after all same sex marriages are recognized.
  • Full adoption right for same-sex couples


—Fred Durhal III, Information submitted on Ballotpedia’s biographical information submission form on July 5, 2014



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. Fred Durhal III defeated Cynthia Johnson and four others in the Democratic primary. Dorothy Patterson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Durhal defeated Patterson in the general election.[5][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFred Durhal III 94.4% 11,796
     Republican Dorothy Patterson 5.2% 645
     Write-in Cynthia Johnson 0.4% 50
     Write-in Tonya Wells 0% 3
Total Votes 12,494
Michigan House of Representatives, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Durhal III 50.4% 2,360
Cynthia Johnson 32.6% 1,528
Ishmail Terry 7.2% 335
Tonya Wells 3.7% 172
William Phillips 3.1% 147
Ja'meka Armstrong 3% 139
Total Votes 4,681



In 2014, Durhal's endorsements included the following:[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," accessed May 27, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan General Candidate Listing," accessed September 8, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Information submitted on Ballotpedia’s biographical information submission form on July 5, 2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. Michigan Secretary of State, "Representative in State Legislature," accessed August 6, 2014