George Cushingberry, Jr.

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George Cushingberry, Jr.
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Detroit City Council, District 2
Councilman-elect
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives District 8
1974-82, 2004-10
Wayne County Commissioners
1986-2002
Education
Bachelor'sWayne State University
Master'sWayne State University
J.D.University of Detroit
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 6, 2053
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChurch of God
Websites
Campaign website
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Detroit, Michigan
Michigan
Population701,475
Form of governmentMayor-Council
Council composition7 district members, 2 at-large members
Terms of office4 years
Current mayorMike Duggan
George Cushingberry, Jr. won the newly created District 2 seat on the Detroit City Council in 2013, defeating Richard J. Bowers in the general election on November 5, 2013.[1]

He was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 8th District from 1975 to 1983, and from 2005 to January 1, 2011. In 1974, Cushingberry was the youngest House member elected in Michigan history.

Cushingberry also practices law, and serves as assistant pastor of New Starlight Baptist Church.

Previous offices held

In addition to serving in the House from 1975 to 1984, Cushingberry served on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners for 16 years.

Issues

Voting record

Key votes of 2009-2010

  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether To Extend A Special Tax Perk for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether To Impose 'driver responsibility fees.'
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether To Restrict The Right of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment Supporting Right-To-Work zones.
  • Dept. of State Cost-Saving, Lawmakers voting on whether To Slow Down Progress On The Secretary Of State's Cost-Saving Consolidation Plan.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether To Subsidize the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether To Give More Taxing Power to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether To Ban the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to Cut Revenue Sharing Payments to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to Raid $90 Million from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether To Finance "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to Increase Subsidies for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to Give Subsidies for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to Increase Electric Car Subsidies for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a Secret Ballot for union elections.
  • Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to Expand The Use Of Sinking Fund property tax spending.
  • Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to Expand The Use Of Sinking Fund property tax spending.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether To Ban home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.

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Committee assignments, 2009-2010

Elections

2013

General election

Cushingberry won election to the Detroit City Council on November 5, 2013.[1]

City Council of Detroit, Michigan - District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Cushingberry, Jr. 52.9% 13,259
     Non-partisan Richard J. Bowers, Jr. 46.4% 11,642
     Non-partisan Write-in 0.7% 185
Total Votes 25,086
Source: City of Detroit Department of Elections

Primary election

Detroit, Michigan City Council Primary, District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Cushingberry, Jr. 27.6% 4,678
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Love 17% 2,890
     Nonpartisan Richard Bowers Jr. 16.5% 2,798
     Nonpartisan Derrick Muhammad 10.7% 1,822
     Nonpartisan Ken Scott 8.3% 1,412
     Nonpartisan Carron Pinkins 8.2% 1,392
     Nonpartisan Barbara Herard 4.5% 764
     Nonpartisan Terrance Burney 3.9% 666
     Nonpartisan Hollie Tugwell 1.5% 259
     Nonpartisan Ervin Bassett 1.5% 257
Total Votes 16,974
Source: City of Detroit Elections Center

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cushingberry ran for re-election to the District 8 seat in 2010. He was defeated by Thomas Stallworth III in the August 3 Democratic primary.

2008

On November 4, 2008, George Cushingberry, Jr. ran for District 8 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Thomas Jones.[2]

George Cushingberry, Jr. raised $64,415 for his campaign.[3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 8
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png George Cushingberry, Jr. (D) 38,222
Thomas Jones (L) 1,224

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 George Cushingberry, Jr. collected $64,415 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Health & Hospital Association $5,000
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association $5,000
United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America $2,750
JAPAC $2,500
Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates $2,500

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 8
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Thomas Stallworth III