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Posted on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 2:55 p.m.

Your guide to endorsements and recommendations for election 2012

By Staff

This is the place to find all the recommendations as well as links to endorsements that have run on throughout 2012 election season.


Check out the MLive Voter Guide

You also can find full lists of candidates and issues — plus precinct maps, campaign finance information and polling locations — on the elections section of That's also where you'll find full ballot proposal language.

Check out the online voter guide provided by and at to compare candidates and read about their stances in their own words. Find a sample ballot at the Department of State's online Michigan Voter Information Center.

In addition to the previously published endorsements, is making recommendations in other prominent races facing voters in Washtenaw County. These recommendations are based on our reporting of campaigns and issues during the past year.

Representative in Congress - District 12 (one)

  • Cynthia Kallgren, R
  • John D. Dingell, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Richard J. Secula, L

State Representative - District 53 (one)

  • Jeff Irwin, D, RECOMMENDED
  • John J. Spisak, R

State Representative - District 54 (one)

  • David Rutledge, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Bill Emmerich, R

County Clerk/Register of Deeds (one)

  • Lawrence Kestenbaum, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Stanley F. Watson, R

Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner (one)

  • Evan Pratt, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Eric Scheie, R

Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney (one)

  • Brian L. Mackie, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Justin Altman, L

Washtenaw County Sheriff (one)

  • Jerry L. Clayton, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Jeffrey R. Gallatin, R

Washtenaw County Treasurer (one)

  • Catherine McClary, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Marlene Chockley, R

County Commissioner - District 7 (one)

  • Andy LaBarre, D, RECOMMENDED
  • David Parker, R

County Commissioner - District 8 (one)

  • Yousef Rabhi, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Joe Baublis, R

County Commissioner - District 9 (one)

  • Conan Michael Smith, D, RECOMMENDED
  • John Floyd, R

Ann Arbor City - Mayor (one)

  • John Hieftje, D, RECOMMENDED
  • Albert Howard, No Party Affiliation candidate endorsements: endorses Barack Obama for U.S. president endorses Debbie Stabenow in U.S. Senate race endorses Mark Ouimet for 52nd District State endorses Ypsilanti-Willow Run school consolidation

MLive statewide proposal endorsements:

Vote yes on Michigan's Proposal 1 to retain best tool to fix cities in financial crisis

Vote no on Michigan's Proposal 2 to keep Michigan competitive for jobs and investment

Vote no on Michigan's Proposal 3; renewable energy plan doesn't add up

Vote no on Michigan's Proposal 4 to prevent forced unionization of in-home workers

Vote no on Michigan's Proposal 5 to prevent minority rule, gridlock over tax increases

Vote no on Michigan's Proposal 6 to boost Michigan's economy, block billionaire's power grab



Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 5:21 a.m. voting guide: 1.Press the 'D' lever. 2.Go home.

Robert E.

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 4:53 a.m. many unnecessarily hostile comments toward Causes one to wonder why the commentators of said comments would even bother perusing said website...this is Ann Arbor man...and most of us round here believe in progressive ideals as well as um...the truth...if you want to engage in debate on this website, use some tact and have the facts to back it up...


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 3:21 a.m.

Here's a fact: The mess we're in today is a direct result of the beginning of the progressive movement beginning in the early 1900's. I am not saying that everything from the progressive movement is bad but it has created too much dependency on government goodies and a precipitous decline in morality.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 3:17 a.m.

Thank you for your recommendations and endorsements for the election tomorrow! I plan to vote correctly so I will just do the opposite of your recommendations and endorsements.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 2:32 a.m.

There is no way I would ever vote for a Socialist verging on bing a communist. I love America to much to vote for the Democratic Party, the party that wants to raise your taxes so they can spend it on their pet projects. Tax and spend. Look at our deficit under the Democrats 16 trillion dollars with 1 trillion in over spending every year. They have not produced a budget in 4 years so they can spend like a drunken sailor or soldier or Marine. Pres. Obama and his party has no plan to stop the spending. All they have is continuous atacks on Romney who has a plan and has a Vice-presidential canidate who will help to carry out that plan. Pres. Obama's plan and the Democratic Party's plan is to have all of us on food stamps. 42 million is a good start. We need real leadership and Romney will give us that. He has done it in business and as governor.

Tom Todd

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 3:21 a.m.

why do the banks get bailed out? the rich get tax breaks? but the middle class gets punched! please vote yes on prop 2

Tom Todd

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 3:01 a.m.

George w put 2 unneeded wars on the credit card, plus 850 billion to the banks


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 2:53 a.m.

Another "facts optional" opinion. Give us all a break and please look up history before spouting nonsense that someone else told you. The deficit is the responsibility of the Democrats, Republicans and all of us who elected them.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 1:18 a.m.

@lola: thanks for the laugh, but I'm not the same guy that chased those dang kids off his lawn.......


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 12:53 a.m.

Sticking with that UNOFFICIAL endorsement (through continuously biased reporting) of the AADL's bond proposal, eh? Perfect.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 11:56 p.m.

I have a pretty good idea of how I'm going to vote. I also know that if one more canvasser knocks on my door asking me how I'm voting, if I'm registered, etc., ad nauseam, ad infinitum, said canvasser is going to get a glass of water square in the face. followed by the door being slammed in their now-dripping face. Canvassers, stay. off. my. porch. you have been warned(maybe I should put a sign on the door).


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 12:08 a.m.

You kids get off of my lawn!!!


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 10:54 p.m.



Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 4:53 a.m.

Guess i'm canceling someones Holy Underwear vote !!! :)


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 11:52 p.m.

I am voting for Obama, you can bet your Holy Underwear on that!!!!

Kathy Griswold

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 10:24 p.m.

More information on the $65 million library bond may be found at


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 10:18 p.m.

Endorsing all one party disqualifies the integrety of any of these

Alan Caldwell

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 1:12 a.m.

Mark Ouimet is a Republican.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:02 p.m.

I do agree with them on the proposals which is a total suprise but refreshing.................


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

Looks like if I vote the opposite of what they have endorsed it will match up with who I'm voting for. Now I remember why I quit subscibing to the printed version during the last election cycle. It's no wonder so many media oputlets are bleeding red ink and going out of business. I guess that's good in some ways but I used to enjoy reading a newspaper and watching other "news" organizations..........


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 4:50 a.m.

@mady ... It's good to know that theres always some lib out there spell checkin' for ya ! did I spell that right ?


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 11:51 p.m.

Mike.......what's a media "oputlet?".......

Tom Todd

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

wow! way to punch the middle class in the face on prop 2


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:30 p.m.

Mike you must not have the Ed Shultz/MSNBC quick reference guide. unions=middle class spending=investing tax cuts=spending Hopefully you get a copy before vote, our public unions are counting you.

Tom Todd

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:10 p.m.

The middle class is paying higher taxes, with the Rich tax break from Snyder what has that done for Michigan?

Tom Todd

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:08 p.m.

Mike, don't forget, it's Michigan, and a lot of folks belong to unions, also the unions raise wages for all,is Snyder your neighbor?


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

There is a difference between the middle class and the unions who would benefit. I think you meant wow, what a punch in the face to the unions and some relief for the middle class who would have to pay for this abomination in higher taxes................

Tom Todd

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

Rutledge is for prop 2

Michael Komorn

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:31 p.m.

For those of you interested in Medical Marijuana in Michigan, check out this Voter's Guide:


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

Nothing on the Supreme Court? or City ballots?

Thomas Jones

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:21 p.m.

I too like 'motorcycleminer' am not suprised at all.... but I am "miffed" at the endorsements of the proposals WOW!

Outside(:-o)looking in

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:16 p.m.

Dang, I got everyone wrong. Should have posted this article sooner.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:14 p.m.

No endorsements on the City of Ann Arbor ballot issues?


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 1:02 a.m.

Just the endorsement-by-constant-bias on the library bond issue.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:13 p.m.

Fancy that.. all democrats....duh....