2021 PEOPLE Endorsements

If you are seeking the endorsement of AFSCME Council 25’s nearly 40,000 active and retired members and their families across the State, please complete the AFSCME Council 25 questionnaire HERE. 

All candidates seeking AFSCME’s endorsement must return a questionnaire. The deadline for questionnaires to be considered before the November 2021 General Election is Thursday, August 19th.

If you have any questions, you can contact Steven Rzeppa, Political Director, via email at [email protected]

November 2021 PEOPLE Endorsements

After recommendation from respective Area PEOPLE Committees, the Council 25 executive board ratified the following endorsements for 2021 municipal elections. This is the first round of endorsements, with more forthcoming throughout the election cycle.

“This slate of candidates is ready to stand up and fight for working families,” said Council 25 President Lawrence A. Roehrig. “Our endorsed candidates have bold visions so that anyone who works hard isn’t forced to choose between groceries or prescriptions, where children from every zip code can get a quality Public Education with Vocational Training, and where our Seniors don’t have to worry about constant attacks on their pensions and healthcare and can retire with dignity and respect and the pension checks and healthcare they earned.”

Lorna Davison, a longtime Wayne County employee and the elected statewide PEOPLE Chairperson shared Roehrig’s excitement. “These candidates sent in questionnaires and came before committees of AFSCME members across the state. They got to know our members and understand the issues we fight for every day. They showed that they understand the struggles that we face on the job and in our communities. We’re excited to help send these candidates to city and township halls across Michigan so we can fight together for good jobs and strong communities.”

Region 1 (Detroit)

  • Detroit Mayor- Mike Duggan
  • Detroit Clerk- Denzel McCampbell
  • Detroit City Council, At Large- Janee Ayers, Coleman Young
  • Detroit City Council, District 2- Roy McCalister
  • Detroit City Council, District 3- Scott Benson
  • Detroit City Council, District 4- M.L. Elrick
  • Detroit City Council, District 6- Gabriela Santiago Romero
  • Detroit City Council, District 7- Fred Durhal

Region 2 (Wayne County)

  • Dearborn Mayor- Abdullah Hammoud
  • Dearborn Council- Erin Byrnes, Mike Sareini
  • Dearborn Heights Treasurer- Lisa Hicks Clayton
  • Dearborn Heights Council- Robert Constan
  • Harper Woods Mayor- Valerie Kindle
  • Livonia Council- Carrie Budzinski, Dan Centers, Jim Jolly, Kenneth Overwater
  • Romulus Mayor- Al Lambert
  • Romulus Council- Bill Wadsworth
  • Taylor Mayor- Alex Garza
  • Taylor Council- Jill Brandana, Doug Geiss
  • Trenton Mayor- Steven Rzeppa
  • Trenton Council- Dora Rodriguez
  • Westland Council- Debra Fowlkes, Melissa Hunt-Sampey, Antoinette Martin

Region 3 (Macomb and Oakland)

  • Madison Heights Mayor- Roslyn Grafstein
  • Novi Mayor- Ajay Raman
  • Novi City Council- Mark Alafita, Brian Smith
  • Pontiac Mayor- Tim Greimel
  • Pontiac City Council, District 2- Brett Nicholson
  • Roseville Treasurer- John Chirkun
  • Southfield Mayor- Ken Siver
  • Southfield City Council- Jason Hoskins
  • Sterling Heights City Council- Michael Radtke, Maria Schmidt, Liz Sierawski, Henry Yanez, Barbara Ziarko 

Region 4 (Lenawee)

  • Adrian Mayor- Will Garcia

Region 5 (Ingham)

  • East Lansing Council- Adam DeLay
  • Lansing Mayor- Andy Schor


Stay tuned for more endorsements to come, and don’t forget to vote!

May 2021 PEOPLE Endorsements

Wyandotte City Council 

Chris Calvin

Kelly Stec

Rosemary Shuryan

Nick Beaven