Ishmail Terry

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Ishmail Terry
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 5
Campaign website
Ishmail Terry was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 5 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1]


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "Education is key to the success of our future. Our children, our most valuable assets, deserve a globally competitive education. Reforming the education system including training programs for technology and green energy jobs. We can’t succeed as a state unless every Michigan student has access to a world-class education."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "As State Representative, I’ll work to ensure that the revenue sharing cuts that have devastated our local governments’ ability to provide essential services are reversed. We must find a better formula so that no community has to suffer from the devastating effects caused by the cuts made over recent years. Safe neighborhoods build strong communities."


  • Excerpt: "Michigan seniors have spent their entire lives working to make Michigan a better place to live. As State Representive, I’ll continue working to repeal the pension tax and ensure that their service and dedication to this state is rewarded, not punished."

Women's Rights

  • Excerpt: "As your State Representative, I will continue to fight to ensure that women’s health care is affordable, accessible, and that healthcare decisions are made in the doctor’s office, not in the Capitol Building. The only way to move Michigan forward is to create a state where all its citizens are given equal respect and treatment under our laws."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "As State Representative, I’ll fight for the policies we know will help grow our economy: an increase in the minimum wage, encouraging business investment in our most underserved neighborhoods, and increased access to education at all levels especially skill trades that include green technology, and STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math)."



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.[3][4][1][5]

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, Terry's endorsements included the following:[6]

  • Detroit Democratic Club
  • 13th Congressional District
  • The Mighty 14th Congressional
  • Detroit Realtors Association
  • Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Women United For Michigan
  • Detroit Ecumenical Ministries Alliance
  • Detroit Walker's Voice Grassroot Organization
  • Detroit Southwest Pride
  • Declare Detroit
  • The Walkers Grassroots Organization

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