2018 Republican Candidates

Bill Schuette - Candidate for Governor

As Attorney General, Bill Schuette has fought for justice for all Michigan citizens. He has held government officials accountable with his Public Integrity Unit by bringing 350 charges against former government officials, including the termination of taxpayer-funded pensions for 13 ex-Detroit principals who embezzled millions of dollars from schoolchildren.

As Michigan’s top law enforcement officer, Bill Schuette has been a powerful voice for victims. He formed the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking, engineered the plan to fund the testing of thousands of long-abandoned rape kits to provide justice to victims of sexual assault and led the effort to put 1,000 new cops on the street. And, Bill has helped recover over 250 million dollars in back child support for children in need.

Bill Schuette successfully opposed President Obama’s job-killing energy regulations that would have hurt Michigan’s economy and increased utility bills for hard-working families.

Bill Schuette has fought successfully for taxpayers, working families and small businesses as a Michigan State Senator, and he protected and upheld Michigan’s constitution as a judge in the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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Lisa Posthumus Lyons - Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Lisa Posthumus Lyons was born and raised in Michigan.  She grew up in Alto, attended Lowell High School and graduated from Michigan State University. As a youth Lisa was active in 4H and statewide officer in Future Farmers of America.  Lisa is the fourth generation to own her family farm where she and her husband, Brad Lyons, are raising their four children: Easton (13), Charlie (12), Gage (10) and Fisher (8).

Lisa learned about public service at a young age from her parents Dick and Pam Posthumus.  Dick served as Michigan Senate Majority Leader and Lieutenant Governor of Michigan.  Lisa’s mother Pam, who passed away in 2010, was a leader and advocate for children serving as chair of the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.

Lyons ran for the state legislature in 2010 serving three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. She served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader, chair of the House Education Committee, chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee and served on the House Tax Policy, Financial Services and Insurance Committees.

In 2016, Lisa was elected county wide to serve as Kent County Clerk and Register of Deeds the position she currently holds. Prior to serving in public office, Lisa was Director of Public Policy and Community Outreach for the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors.

Lisa has active in her local community as a member of the Bowne Township Planning Commission, Alpha Women’s Center Board (a crisis pregnancy center in Grand Rapids), Kent County Farm Bureau, American Legion Auxiliary Post 305. She is also a member of the National Rifle Association. While serving in the Michigan House Lisa Posthumus Lyons was nationally featured as CPAC’s 10 Conservatives under 40, in 2013. In 2018, she was named one of West Michigan’s 50 Most Influential Women, by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. 

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John James - Candidate for U.S. Senate

John James is a husband, father, combat veteran and businessman. He is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-business conservative who has demonstrated energetic leadership, clarity of vision and a passion for service from the battlefield to the boardroom. John’s lived the American Dream and wants to protect that Dream for future generations.

Use of John James’ military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.At 17, John made the decision to serve his country. After graduating from West Point in 2004, he became a Ranger-qualified aviation officer. John went on to serve with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he earned a Combat Action Badge (CAB) and two Air Medals, among other awards, while logging 753.8 flight hours in theater leading two Apache platoons.

After eight years of service to the nation, he was honorably discharged and returned to Michigan to work in the family business: James Group International. Currently its President, John has led the company from $35 million to $137 million in revenue while creating 100 additional jobs in Michigan and around the country since 2012.

In addition to his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, John earned a Master of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems from Penn State University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

John, and his wife Elizabeth reside in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and have two extremely energetic and sweet boys, ages 3 and 4. The James’ love spending time with their parents and family members who reside on both sides of the State. They enjoy the Michigan outdoors year-round and are active members of Brightmoor Christian Church in Novi, Michigan.

John James is a proven servant-leader who will represent all Michiganders and help unify Washington.

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Tom Leonard - Candidate for Attorney General

State Representative Tom Leonard is Michigan’s 75th Speaker of the House and currently the youngest Speaker in the country. Since being selected Speaker by his colleagues for the 2017-18 term, Leonard and his Republican team have kept Michigan on a pro-growth, pro-family, pro- jobs path forward. Tom is a conservative that has stood strong against civil asset forfeiture, sanctuary cities and common core state standards from day one.

Prior to his election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012, Tom was an Assistant Attorney General and a prosecutor in Genesee County, where he prosecuted some of Michigan’s most dangerous criminals, while assigned to the Special Crimes Division in Flint.

Leonard earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University School of Law, where he was the graduating class president. He also earned the Ralph M. Freeman Scholarship, which is annually awarded to the student who most exemplifies the Rules of Professional Conduct by treating others with courtesy and respect.

Leonard serves the 93rd House District, which encompasses Clinton County and portions of Gratiot County. Tom and his wife Jenell live in DeWitt Twp. with their daughter Hannah, who will be two in September.

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Mary Treder Lang - Candidate for Secretary of State

Mary Treder Lang is working hard to be Michigan’s next Secretary of State. She has the modern day set of skills to put forth bold solutions that incorporate the technological tools that the people of Michigan rely upon in their everyday life.

Mary Treder Lang is running on a platform of Security, Optimization, and Stability. Her platform provides real solutions that will protect the integrity of our elections with “One Citizen, One Vote” and streamline branch offices services with her plan to “Respect Your Time in Line
Mary is a CPA and a highly creative, results-driven executive management professional. She is an accomplished leader with over thirty years of success in computer security, business development, and executive leadership. She is a highly energetic professional with a track record of building partnerships, securing customers through driven leadership and team- oriented results with a positive entrepreneurial spirit.

Mary earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in both Accounting and Marketing from the University of Dayton. She began her career at KPMG, located in Detroit. Following her time at KPMG, she worked at SBC/Ameritech. She spent considerable time in the Computer Security District and became a recognized computer security expert.

Mary is serving or has served on several boards, including the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Blue Ribbon Panel, and the Education Achievement Authority. In 2012, she received the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Emerging Leader Award given by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

She has been happily married to Paul Lang for thirty-two years, with whom she has raised three children and has welcomed a son-in-law into their family. Her family will continue the sixth generation of Michiganders with the arrival of their first grandchild in October. 

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Dave Dutch - Candidate for Michigan State University Board of Trustees

Dave Dutch is a husband, father, combat veteran, businessman and lifelong Spartan. He is pro-business, fiscally responsible, a supporter of individual liberties and a defender of the Constitution. Dutch is a proven leader from battlefield to boardroom who believes Michiganders deserve elected officials that will represent their interests before, during and after elections.

Michigan State University has been central to Dave Dutch’s entire life. His parents met at MSU and his father, Tom Dutch, enjoyed a 52-year career of service to the university. Dutch grew up in East Lansing with his 9 brothers and sisters and graduated from East Lansing High School.

Dave Dutch graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean Physics. He served as a Naval Special Operations Officer leading diving & demolition Teams across the globe including a combat tour in the Persian Gulf during the First Gulf War.

Following his Naval service, Dutch returned home to Michigan State’s Broad School of Business. He graduated first in his class, earned his MBA in Finance, and began a successful career building businesses and creating jobs. As CEO and Executive Chairman of PayLease, Dutch grew a company from 17 employees to over 300 and created a vibrant business worth hundreds of millions of dollars which is still expanding today.

Dave Dutch’s commitment to Michigan State has never wavered. He served seven years on the MSU Broad School Alumni Advisory Board, including a term as President, and as an Executive Member of the National MSU Alumni Association Board. Dutch is the co-founder of the Broad Endowed Scholarship for U.S. Armed Forces Veterans helping Michigan veterans attend MSU. For Dave Dutch, veterans always help veterans.

Dave and his wife Michelle live in Traverse City with 3 of their 4 children currently attending Michigan State University.

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Mike Miller - Candidate for Michigan State University Board of Trustees

A successful entrepreneur with several ventures to his credit, Mike has created thousands of jobs in both the retail and high tech sector. He has owned everything from an auto dealership to a professional auto racing team. The most recent company he created, now known as Orchid Orthopedic Solutions (located in Holt), produces nearly $500 million annual revenue by creating high tech medical devices, and employs 2000 people -- 900 just in Michigan.

Mike is one of those people who signs both sides of the paycheck. He has created the sort of jobs every Spartan family hopes their student will obtain. And he knows personally that the very best MSU has to offer will launch a career that makes dreams come true.

As a Trustee Mike will be guided by the following principles; Michigan Students first, insure that tuition increases are not automatic, insure total transparency of the administration and the Board of Trustees, support freedom of speech on campus, be accessible and attentive to students and Michigan voters.

Part of the darkest challenge Michigan State University has ever confronted literally sat at Mike and Anna Miller’s dinner table. Their daughter was a competitive gymnast, a Spartan volleyball player ... and was treated by Larry Nassar. Today, like both parents (Mike graduated from MSU in 1971), she’s a proud Spartan alumna and treasures the opportunity she had to represent MSU as a student athlete.

We don’t always get to choose the path that makes us the perfect fit for a tough job.

Mike is a father with the perspective, compassion and judgement to address the damage of the university’s past and serve as the change agent MSU needs to guarantee the safe and healthy environment everyone in the Spartan family deserves. He and his family know that road well.

The challenge every university confronts is how to turn young students into highly employable graduates.

His experience as a problem solver, critical thinker, job creator, husband ... and compassionate father ... are the combination MSU must have at this uniquely difficult point in its history.

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Andrea Fischer Newman - Candidate for University of Michigan Board of Regents

Andrea Fischer Newman has been actively involved in Republican politics since 1980 when she volunteered on President Ronald Reagan’s campaign after graduating from the University of Michigan. While attending law school in Washington DC she did advance work for Vice President Bush and worked on the 1981 Inaugural for President Reagan. Ms. Newman served in President Ronald Reagan’s Administration as Special Counsel to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Logistics and Deputy Assistant to Vice President George H. W. Bush.

Upon moving back to Michigan in 1987, Ms. Newman was appointed to the Michigan Strategic Fund, by then Senate Majority Leader John Engler and raised money for the Fund for America’s Future. She was finance director for John Engler’s successful run for Governor in 1990 and co- chaired his finance committees in 1994 and 1998. Ms. Newman was co-chair of the Michigan GOP from 1992-1994. Ms. Newman was a Michigan co-Chair for President Bush’s campaign in 2000 and 2004. She has also been active with the grassroots in both Oakland and Washtenaw Counties.

Her public service includes being appointed to the Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and the National Board for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education by Secretary of Education Margaret
Spellings. She is a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Donald Trump.

Ms. Newman has been an elected member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan since 1995. Professionally, she currently serves on the Boards of two private equity backed companies. She previously served as Senior Vice President Government Affairs for Delta Air Lines from 2008 - 2017, including responsibility for International, Regulatory, Federal, State, and Local government affairs. From 2001-2008, she was Senior Vice President Government Affairs for Northwest Airlines and oversaw the regulatory approvals required for the Delta-Northwest merger in 2008. Ms. Newman joined Northwest in 1995, also serving as Vice President for State & Local Government Affairs and as Managing Director Law and Government.

Prior to her airline career, she was a Senior Counsel and Senior Partner at Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone from 1988 to 1994. She has been a Vice President of the Detroit Economic Club, a Director of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Ms. Newman received her J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1983 and was a 1979 honors graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Andrew Richner - Candidate for University of Michigan Board of Regents

Andrew Richner, a Republican from Grosse Pointe Park, is chair of the Board of Regents. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Business Administration (B.B.A., 1982) with high distinction, and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1986), cum laude, where he was a contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Andrew Richner is a partner in the law firm Clark Hill PLC. He served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, two terms as a Wayne County Commissioner, and one term on the Grosse Pointe Park City Council. He was an intern in the Office of Counsel to the President in the White House under President Reagan.

Richner and his wife, Susan, have a son who is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a daughter who is attending the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Richner was elected to the Board of Regents in 2002 and re-elected in 2010. His term expires January 1, 2019.

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Diane Dunaskiss - Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors

Diane Dunaskiss, is serving her third term on Wayne State University Board of Governors. She is the only Republican to win three statewide elections for the Wayne State Board. Diane earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and her Education Administration Certification at Wayne State. Because she believes in giving back, she sought to serve on the board of her alma mater.

During her tenure, Diane has been instrumental in supporting strategies to increase graduation rates, for which Wayne has received national recognition. She opposed the adoption of an unprecedented eight year union contract that was negotiated to avoid the Right to Work act passed by the legislature in 2013. During the last three years there has been a successful effort to remove unproductive faculty and put in place measures for increased accountability. Last year, Wayne engaged in a major public-private sector partnership for the management of on campus housing.

Diane was a special education teacher and an administrator for Lake Orion Community Schools. She brings her education expertise to her role as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Her experience as a small business owner gives her the perspective of the private sector when addressing the financial issues facing the university. Diane feels that as an educator, a woman, and a conservative, she provides a valuable and unique perspective as the Board attempts to find solutions to the complex problems facing higher education and maintain educational excellence.

Diane belongs to the Greater Oakland Republican Club (GO-GOP), serves as Trustee and Vice Present for the Lake Orion Education Foundation and is the immediate past president of the Lake Orion Rotary Club.

Diane and her husband, former state senator Mat Dunaskiss, reside in Lake Orion. They have three children and four grandchildren.

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David Nicholson - Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors

David Nicholson is Chief Executive Officer of PVS Chemical's Manufacturing Group. In this role, Mr. Nicholson has responsibility and oversight for operations throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, as well as business development through acquisitions and divestitures.

Prior to joining PVS, Mr. Nicholson's career included working as a commercial banker with LaSalle Bank, finance manager for E&J Gallo Winery, and as an associate with Ryan Enterprises, a Chicago private equity firm.

Mr. Nicholson serves on the boards of Graycor, Inc., Kids Kicking Cancer, University of Michigan Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center, and the Legacy DMC Board. He is also a trustee of the University Liggett School.

Mr. Nicholson graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1992 and obtained an MBA from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business.

He resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan with his wife Kristin and two sons.

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Tami Carlone - Candidate for State Board of Education

Tami Carlone is a CPA and Process Improvement Expert, with a degree in Business Administration from the University of MI. She has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of many large corporations, saved them millions of dollars, implemented several computer systems, and owns her own business. She was the longest running Chair of the AICPA Controllers Conference due to her innate ability to educate and to come up with innovative courses of great interest. Tami has also educated many people of all ages, income and ability levels. She has special training in educating gifted children, those that are twice exceptionaland has been a volunteer tutor for at-risk students in Detroit.

Tami became an Education Advocate 18 years ago when she discovered the biased teachings her children were receiving in the public-school district. She took it upon herself to supplement their education with balance and accurate material while incorporating incredible summer courses. They are currently honors students at the University of MI, Ann Arbor.

Tami is an active member of a national network of education advocates, Truth in American Education. She is on the MI Board of U.S. Parents Involved in Education; a group that has developed a plan to close the U.S. Department of Education. She is also the V.P. of Stop Common Core in MI.

Tami has a passion for truth and excellence in education for all children using proven, effective educational methods vs. unproven fads. She has fought Common Core for 6 years and has a best in nationbill in Lansing, HB 4192, to get MI out of that failed experiment. As a DAR and a patriot, she is not willing to stand idle while the results in MI schools continue to deteriorate and our children are subjected to biased teachings. She wants to help get MI back to what works; classical education that helped make America the most innovative and prosperous nation in the world. She is endorsed by the current Board members Tom McMillin and Nikki Snyder and is ready to get to work for MI.

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Dr. Richard Zeile - Candidate for State Board of Education

Dr. Richard Zeile (“Dr. Z”) was nominated by the Michigan Republican Party for the State Board of Education (SBE) in 2008 & 2010, and elected in 2010. He has served the SBE as delegate to the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) for 2011-12, Treasurer for 2013- 14, and Co-President for 2017-28. He has served NASBE as Central Area Director 2015-16, on its Editorial Advisory Board, (2016-present), the Public Education Positions Committee (2012, 2015), the Deeper Learning Study Group (2013) and chair of NASBE’s Study Group on Rural Education (2014). In 2015 he was awarded the “Teamwork” medal by then Superintendent Michael Flanagan.

Zeile taught/administered in private and public schools in Detroit for 25 years, where he helped organized MEAP award-winning Old Redford Academy charter school 1998-2000, and served as president of the Woodward Academy board, 2005-09. His doctoral dissertation for Detroit's Ecumenical Theological Seminary was published as When Lutheran Schools Close, examining schools under stress of Detroit's demographic decline of the 1990's. An ordained Lutheran minister, Zeile serves as Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Taylor, since 2001, and he has been the Speaker on radio's “Martin Luther's Evening Prayer” since 2012. He holds a Specialist Certificate in Educational Administration from Wayne State, a master's in education from the Rackham School (University of Michigan), an MTS in church history from Harvard Divinity School, and MDiv from Concordia, Ft. Wayne. He has taught education at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. He is married 40 years to Barbara, an educational administrator, with whom he shares 4 adult children.

An articulate spokesman for traditional education and conservative values, Dr. Zeile has spoken at Republican gatherings throughout the state, as well as at graduations, college conferences, and panel presentations. He sees the task of the SBE as that of developing policy that enables and encourages: both public and private investment in education; parental choice; and a diversity of educational delivery systems and curricular offerings. This is in contrast to the vision of central planning and control advocated by many who are invested in the field.

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Justice Elizabeth Clement - Candidate for Michigan Supreme Court (non-partisan_

Justice Elizabeth T. Clement joined the Michigan Supreme Court on November 17, 2017, becoming the 113th Justice and the 11th woman to serve on the bench. Before her appointment by Governor Rick Snyder, she served as chief legal counsel for the Governor, advising him on a wide variety of legal, legislative, and policy matters.

Her duties as chief legal counsel also included working with the Attorney General’s Office on litigation affecting the State of Michigan, negotiating tribal compacts and settlement agreements, and interviewing and recommending appointees to Court of Appeals and Supreme Court judicial vacancies.

She previously held the positions of cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff, as well as deputy legal counsel in the Governor’s Office.

Clement served as an attorney, policy advisor, and legal counsel in the Michigan Senate from 2006 to 2010. She provided legal research and drafted legislation for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Health Policy Committee, and the Senate Local and State Affairs Committee. In addition, she was responsible for the State Senate advice and consent process including vetting and advice and consent hearings.

Justice Clement began her legal career in the private sector where she owned and operated Clement Law, PLLC. Her legal practice focused on representation of individuals in the areas of family law, divorce and custody.

Prior to working in private practice, Justice Clement worked as a legislative aide to State Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Rogers.

Justice Clement earned a B.A. in Political Science from the Michigan State University and her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University School of Law. She lives with her husband and their four children in East Lansing.

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Justice Kurtis Wilder - Candidate for Michigan Supreme Court (non-partisan)

Justice Wilder was appointed as the 112th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court by Governor Rick Snyder in May 2017. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Wilder served as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from December 1998 to May 2017 and a judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court from March 1992 to December 1998.

Justice Wilder graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree in Political Science in 1981, and from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1984. After graduation from law school, Justice Wilder practiced law with the law firms of Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. (Lansing) and Butzel Long, P.C., (Detroit).

Justice Wilder holds memberships in the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation; the Association of Black Judges of Michigan; the Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter; and the Wolverine Bar Association. He has served as a member of the Model Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, the Family Division Joint Rules Committee, and the Family Court Implementation Task Force. He is a Past President of the Michigan Judges Association, and Past Chairman of the State Bar Judicial Conference. Justice Wilder is also the Court’s liaison for issues related to courthouse security.

Justice Wilder is a former chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, former board chair of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, former board member of The Sphinx Organization, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Symphony, and American Red Cross, Washtenaw County Chapter. Justice Wilder currently serves on the Boards of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth. Justice Wilder resides in Novi and has two adult children.

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