Jessica Hanselman

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Jessica Hanselman
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 77
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Jessica Hanselman was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 77 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]


Campaign themes


Hanselman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


Governor Snyder and the Republican majority in Lansing gave monumental tax cuts to wealthy citizens and big corporations. They paid for those deep cuts by raising taxes on retiree pensions, eliminating child tax credits for middle class families. They slashed or eliminated other tax incentives that working people depended upon at the end of the year to pay that extra medical bill, make an important home repair, pay a little extra on the winter heating bill or otherwise put that money back into the Michigan economy. I will fight to restore fairness to tax policies that are out of control. We can support the growth of business, and protect the middle class citizens that keep this economy in motion. The largest corporations are doing just fine, and they can pay their fair share to keep Michigan strong.


I have three children in school and this issue is very close to my heart. The last several years have seen gut wrenching cuts to public education. Instead of lifting up struggling schools, Governor Snyder and Republicans in Lansing have turned schools over to out of state corporations and experimental programs like the Educational Achievement Authority. We have learned that certain charter academies are permitted to use Michigan tax dollars to fund their operations, but are not required to tell the community how our funds were spent. Some charter schools are run by management companies that are allowed to make a profit on their operations, with our tax dollars. Our community has schools worth being proud of, and children worth investing in. Republicans in Lansing call our educators degrading names, while taking away the tools they need to educate our next generation of citizens. I will fight to hold all schools accountable for academic performance, and require transparency for any school receiving tax dollars. Further, I will oppose the use of for-profit management companies in our schools. I will fight to restore and reform the funding systems that give our community the tools we need to provide the excellent schools we deserve. Great schools attract working families, and stable communities attract businesses. Growing communities help maintain property values. Together, we can revitalize our schools, and breathe new life into our neighborhoods.


Michigan’s entire job landscape has changed. We have to find a way into the jobs of the future together. Michigan’s citizens are proud workers. We have an experienced labor force and a proud history of innovation. I will support initiatives that bring new industries into Michigan. We have workers ready and eager to get going. I will encourage training programs that prepare our workers for jobs in emerging industries. I will fight for a reasonable minimum wage that raises more workers out of poverty and reduces the strain on our social safety net. Most importantly, I will defend the right of all Michigan workers to organize, and to collectively bargain for fair wages and safe work environments.[3][4]



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. Jessica Hanselman was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Tom Hooker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hooker defeated Hanselman in the general election.[5][6][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 77 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Hooker Incumbent 67% 16,114
     Democratic Jessica Hanselman 33% 7,938
Total Votes 24,052

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