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The Women’s Wave Makes HERstory – News

Midterm Election voters receive a sticker to wear and encourage others to go out and vote as well.

Midterm Election voters receive a sticker to wear and encourage others to go out and vote as well.

Grace Ryba

Midterm Election voters receive a sticker to wear and encourage others to go out and vote as well.

Grace Ryba

Grace Ryba

Midterm Election voters receive a sticker to wear and encourage others to go out and vote as well.

Grace Ryba, Editor In Chief

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Leading up to election day, voters were pounded with television ads, phone calls, and mail encouraging them to go out and vote on Tuesday, November 6. Following the election, for the first time in Michigan history, women hold the most seats of the top offices in state government.

Debbie Stabenow maintains her seat on the United States Senate with just over a million votes ahead of Republican running mate John James. Stabenow was first elected to the Senate in 2000, and the first woman senator for Michigan.

In a close race for Attorney General, Democrat Dana Nessel barely slips through with the win against Tom Leornard. Nessel is well-known in LGBTQ+ community as one of the leading activists who helped overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“There are LGBTQ people clamoring for representation and tired of the office of attorney general using them as a punching bag,” said Nessel.

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Voters are bombarded with “junk mail” aimed to inform them about the candidates running.

First-time runner, and a former member on the Department of Defense, Elissa Slotkin pulled through with the win against former Republican House Representative Mike Bishop. Haley Stevens, a former chief of staff for President Barack Obama, shot down her competition as well. Stevens out with a win against former campaign manager for Donald Trump, Republican Lena Epstein. Finally, in the House District 13 Special Election, Democrat and Detroit City Council President, Brenda Jones will also be joining the House of Representatives, obtaining yet another seat for women on the House.

In the race for Secretary of State, the first Democrat in twenty-four years, Jocelyn Benson passed Mary Treder Lang. Benson first ran for the position in 2010, but lost to Ruth Johnson.

Appellate lawyer Megan Cavanaugh, and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement Supreme Court, who was nominated by Rick Snyder eleven months ago, claimed two spots on the state’s high court. Despite being a designated incumbent on the ballot due to her sitting position, Clement was still the highest fundraising Republican, proving successful in spite of this “advantage”.

“Justices should not legislate from the bench,” said Clement.

Overall following the 2018 midterm elections, 118 women will be joining Congress, those women primarily identifying with the Democratic party.

“There were also several historic milestones in the midterm results: the first ever Muslim congresswoman, the first two Native American congresswomen, Massachusetts’ and Connecticut’s first black congresswomen, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and more,” said Eric Miller.

With the increase in diversity among representation of the nation’s people, it is in the hopes of these elected officials that more people may find hope in identifying with them. Expectantly, those of higher power with unique religious beliefs and varying backgrounds are set to inspire the younger generation of political activists.

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