Endorsements and Testimonials
Last revised 4 November 2014

Elected Officials

U.S. House of Representatives
Hansen Clarke, former Representative, 13th District
John Conyers, Jr., Representative, 13th District (Letter of Support)
Gary C. Peters, Representative, 14th District (Letter of Support)

Detroit City Council
Charles Pugh, former Council President
Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr., former Council Member; former Mayor

Detroit Public Schools
Robert C. Bobb, former Emergency Financial Manager

Detroit Board of Education
Endorsement of the entire Board, Letter
Annie Carter, District 3
Joyce Hayes-Giles, former Vice President
Elena M. Herrada, District 2
Otis Mathis, former President
Tyrone Winfrey, former President

Michigan Legislature
Steve Bieda, State Senator, 9th District
Vincent Gregory, State Senator, 14th District
Tupac A. Hunter, State Senator, 5th District
Gilda Jacobs, former State Senator, 14th District
Deb Kennedy, former State Representative, 23rd District
Gabe Leland, former State Representative, 10th District
Ellen Cogen Lipton, State Representative, 27th District
David Nathan, State Representative, 11th District
Thomas F. Stallworth III, State Representative, 8th District
Rashida Tlaib, State Representative, 12th District
Steve Tobocman, former State Representative, 12th District
Jim Townsend, State Representative, 26th District

Oakland County
L. Brooks Patterson, County Executive
Jim Nash, Water Resources Commissioner
Eric Coleman, County Commissioner
Marcia Gershenson, County Commissioner
Shelley Goodman Taub, County Commissioner
David Woodward, County Commissioner
Helaine Zack, County Commissioner

Wayne County Board of Commissioners
Irma Clark-Coleman (District 6, former State Senator)
Burton Leland (District 7)
Keith Williams (former Vice-Chair)

Candidates
Rocky Raczkowski, former candidate for US Congress, 9th District

Other
Judge Wade McCree, Wayne County Circuit Court - Criminal Division
Sharon McPhail, former Council Member, City of Detroit
Stuart Sherman, Mayor of Birmingham

Businesses / Nonprofits
American Federation of Teachers Michigan
The Detroit Public Schools Foundation
Dykema
Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit
Quicken Loans
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Clergy
Dr. Patricia A. Butler, St. Luke Tabernacle Community Church, Detroit
Pastor Brian Relford, Lomax Temple, Detroit
Rabbi Daniel Syme, Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills

Individuals
Preston Burke
Garry G. Carley, former Vice Chairman, Standard Federal Bank
Warren E. Goodell
Keith Johnson, President, Detroit Federation of Teachers
Luther Keith, Executive Director, ARISE Detroit
Monique Baker McCormick
Kurt R. Metzger, former Director, Data Driven Detroit
Gail Perry-Mason, Author
Michael Tenbusch, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Tom Watkins, former State Superintendent of Schools

Letters of Support
Brenda Jones, Councilwoman, Detroit City Council - link
Nancy M. Schlichting, Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Health System - link

Testimonials
"We admire the work you are doing. We wish we could donate more." Ms. K, 27 December 2013, Michigan
"Thanks for all your good work on behalf of the children of Detroit!!" Ms. H, 16 December 2013, Maryland
"This is such a blessing! Again, many thanks to you and your team for all that you do for our young people." Ms. M, 19 August 2013, Michigan