Adam Hollier

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Adam Hollier
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Candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives District 4
Prior offices
Ann Arbor School Board
Bachelor'sCornell University (2007)
Master'sUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2009)
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionChief of Staff for State Senator Bert Johnson
Personal website
Campaign website
Adam Hollier was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 4 of the Michigan House of Representatives.


Hollier was born and raised in the Northend of Detroit. He attended Detroit Public Schools through high school graduation, after which he moved to Ithaca, New York to study Labor Relations at Cornell University. He received his bachelor's degree in 2007 and then returned to his home state for graduate school at University of Michigan, where he completed a master's degree in Urban Planning in 2009. While attending the University of Michigan, he also served as a member of the Ann Arbor School Board.

Between college and graduate school, Hollier temporarily suspended his academic plans in order to help with the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. He served as volunteer coordinator for the East Biloxi Relief and Recovery Center in Mississippi.

Since earning his master's degree, Hollier has worked as the district director for State Senator Buzz Thomas and chief of staff for State Senator Bert Johnson.[1]



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hollier ran in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 4. He is running against Carol Banks, Marcelus Brice, Paris Canty, Mohammed Hassan, Jonathan Wright, Ernest Little, Rose Mary Robinson, Beverly Tran, Mervin White and Robert Zwolak in the Democratic primary on August 7. Incumbent Maureen Stapleton (D) is running in District 6.[2][3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRose Mary Robinson 24.6% 1,993
Adam Hollier 20.5% 1,663
Carol Banks 15.7% 1,272
Mohammed Hassan 13.6% 1,100
Marcelus Brice 7.8% 632
Ernest Little 7% 567
Robert Zwolak 5.2% 422
Mervin White 1.7% 135
Jonathan Wright 1.5% 119
Beverly Tran 1.3% 106
Paris Canty 1.2% 95
Total Votes 8,104

Hollier has stated, "I want to make Detroit a community that people want to live, work and raise a family. Detroit has always been a place where dreams were possible now we need to make sure it is a place that fosters the development of those dreams."

Campaign themes

On his campaign website, Hollier cites education, infrastructure, and vision as the chief themes of his campaign.[4]

  • Prioritize education

"Create a culture that values the wide, equitable educational attainment necessary to produce both economic opportunity and stronger citizens."

  • Infrastructure

"Embrace the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental benefit by retooling our infrastructure with green technology, adapting vacant buildings and open spaces for new uses, and creating healthy, family-supporting jobs."

  • Vision

"Create a comprehensive vision for transit-linked, high-quality, walkable urban centers in Detroit."


Hollier was endorsed by the following individuals and organizations, as listed on his official campaign website:[5]

  • Declare Detroit
  • Detroit Ecumenical Ministers Alliance
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan Education Association
  • Michigan National Organization for Women
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Wayne County Democratic Black Caucus
  • Hon. Marilyn Lane, State Representative District 31
  • Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III, Pastor – Plymouth United Church of Christ
  • Rev. Horace Sheffield III, Pastor-New Destiny Baptist Church
  • Bishop Edgar L. Vann, Pastor – Second Ebenezer Church
  • Hon. Buzz Thomas, Retired Senate Minority Floor Leader District 4
  • Hon. Ray Murphy, Retired State Senator District 1
  • Hon. Bert Johnson, State Senator District 2
  • Hon. Virgil Smith, State Senator District 4
  • Hon. Fred Durhal, State Representative District 6
  • Hon. John Olumba, State Representative District 5
  • Hon. Maureen Stapleton, State Representative District 4
  • Hon. Cathy Gordon, Hamtramck City Council
  • Jenice Mitchell Ford, Chair – 2009-2012 Detroit Charter Revision Commission

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