Joan Brausch

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Joan Brausch
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives District 98
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Joan Brausch was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 98 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]


Campaign themes


Brausch's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]


  • Excerpt: "We need public education in this country. I am deeply concerned about the future of our kids' education."

Small Business Help

  • Excerpt: "Small businesses need help to succeed because they are the job creation engines for our small towns. Our current state government has done a great job helping large corporations but small businesses with 2, 10 and 25 employees are what keep our small towns alive and lively."

Funding Infrastructure and the Gas Tax

  • Excerpt: "I support raising the gas tax – say a penny a year. That way, both residents and tourists help bear the cost of paying for road repairs."

Gay Rights

  • Excerpt: "It is a human right to love and be loved. Having friends who are gay and lesbian, I know that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are people who love and want to be loved, who want to live ordinary, productive lives just like everyone else."

Gun Rights

  • Excerpt: "People who hunt should be able to have the necessary weapons they need for hunting. However, I would hope that, for the safety of all citizens, that we make sure that everyone using a gun has been trained to use that gun and has a permit to use that weapon."



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. Joan Brausch was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Gary Glenn defeated Karl Ieuter in the Republican primary. Glenn defeated Brausch in the general election.[4][5][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 98 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Glenn 55.2% 16,388
     Democratic Joan Brausch 44.8% 13,322
Total Votes 29,710
Michigan House of Representatives, District 98 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Glenn 51.4% 6,039
Karl Ieuter 48.6% 5,708
Total Votes 11,747


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Brausch ran in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 98. She ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Jim Stamas (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 98, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Stamas Incumbent 58.9% 25,003
     Democratic Joan Brausch 41.1% 17,453
Total Votes 42,456



In 2014, Brausch's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Laborers International Union of North America
  • Progressive Majority
  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights
  • Michigan AFL-CIO
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT) of Michigan
  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • MI Women Win PAC
  • NOW Michigan PAC
  • Midland Democratic Party
  • Women's Campaign Fund
  • Tri-County Building and Construction Trades Council
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local 169
  • MCEA (Midland) / MEA
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 876
  • International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Local 7
  • MEA-Michigan
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • National Association of Social Workers: Michigan Chapter
  • UAW, Region 1-D

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