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People & Groups Endorsing Jeff's Campaign



“Ann Arbor has a long history of electing legislators who work to ensure our progressive values are represented in Lansing.  I have been proud to serve in this capacity for the last three and a half years and strongly endorse Jeff’s candidacy because I know he will carry on in this important tradition" - State Representative Rebekah Warren, 53rd District




Groups endorsing Jeff's campaign include:

Ann Arbor Education Association

American Federation of Teachers, Michigan Chapter

Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter

Ann Arbor Board of Realtors


What people are saying about Jeff:

"Irwin has spent 11 years in the trenches of county government, dealing directly with many of the basic services that the state provides funding for. His previous role as executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters makes him particularly well-versed on environmental issues. . . . We're impressed by the way he's continually rolled up his sleeves on local issues and done the kind of hard work behind the scenes that other politicians aren't always willing to do. We also find that his tenure on the county board has exposed him to a broader range of issues, and that knowledge gives him a good chance of quickly becoming effective in Lansing. For these reasons we endorse Jeff Irwin for state House in the 53rd District Democratic primary." - Ann Endorsement, 7/18/2010

"Our young ones need strong allies like Jeff Irwin in Lansing.  Funding public education is essential to growing successful, well-rounded learners and Jeff has proven his commitment through his support for early childhood programs like Headstart.  Our schools need leaders like Jeff Irwin, protecting funds that keep academic, arts and language programs strong in Ann Arbor." - Linda Carter, Music Teacher, Ann Arbor Public Schools

"We can count on Jeff to be a champion for clean air and clean water in Michigan.  I've worked with Jeff on everything from land preservation to preventing toxic pollution from coal power plants - his expertise and commitment to environmental reforms is sorely needed in Lansing." - Mike Garfield, Environmental Activist

"Jeff has been a leader in county government for over a decade.  He knows that leadership is about empowering others to contribute and working with the community.  Jeff has proven his commitment to Ann Arbor and especially the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.” - Bob Guenzel, Former Washtenaw County Administrator

"In 2004 the LGBT community was under attack in the State of Michigan.  Most elected officials ran for cover.  Jeff Irwin stood up and worked for equality.  As a County official, Jeff established domestic partner benefits for county employees.  Jeff and his wife Kathryn don't just talk about justice.  They live it.  We need Jeff Irwin's voice in Lansing, and we are proud supporters of his candidacy." - Keith Orr and Martin Contreras, Ann Arbor Business Owners and Equality Advocates

"I have worked closely with Jeff on a number of county issues.  As
chair of the Board of Commissoners in 2007-08, he proved himself as a knowledgeable, principled and inclusive leader, and I know he will be an outstanding State Representative." - Larry Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk

"Jeff Irwin shares Sierra Club’s values and has a track record of supporting the issues that Sierra Club deems critical to the health and economic well-being of Michigan. We feel confident that Mr. Irwin will work hard to protect Michigan’s environment in the Michigan Legislature." - Richard Barron, Chair of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club’s Political Committee.

"I have personally had the pleasure to come to know Jeff as a neighbor and a friend.  Seeing Jeff’s past efforts and advocacy in Washtenaw County, we know he will take a leadership role on environmental issues in the Legislature." - James D’Amour, The Sierra Club Huron Valley Group’s political chair

"I've worked with Jeff on several projects.  Jeff has been always been there for Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, working to find ways to eliminate waste and duplication of services so we can save money and still focus on the most important services. More importantly, he's always had a vision for ways to work regionally.  He's helped me see new opportunities for cooperation within the region and with the State.  He'll continue to do that in Lansing." - Sabra Briere, Ann Arbor City Council

"Jeff far outpaces his opponent in depth of experience and proven competence in using policy and governmental investment to support progressive issues and build a community we can be proud of.  Jeff has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to bring community and elected official attention to meaningful issues, set prioritiesbuild consensus and make things happen.  He is a quick study of issues, an excellent listener and thinker and skilled at bringing decision makers together around issues…across divides and often through contentious environments…and into meaningful action.  Jeff has done all this with friendliness and integrity. He has shown himself to be an exemplary public servant.  In the very challenging political terrain created by term limits, which allow no time for a learning curve politically, Jeff will hit the ground running to advance progressive issues at the state level." - Francine Alexander, Managing Principal, Alexander Resources



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