By Jenna Johnson and Greg Jaffe
"OXFORD, Mich. — On a quiet cul-de-sac across the road from Glass Lake and not far from her subdivision’s golf course, Jody LaMacchia was doing something that only a few years earlier would have seemed unthinkable: asking strangers for money.
“I am running to be your state representative in 2020,” she told a small group in this Republican-leaning suburb of Detroit. “I am tired of all the toxicity in our politics.”
Down the hall, a half-dozen campaign volunteers were complaining — in often alarming terms — about the Republicans and Trump.
To Katie Weston, LaMacchia’s best friend, who typically votes for Republicans, the doom and gloom seemed a bit too dramatic, especially when the economy is surging and unemployment is so low.
“It’s stuff like this,” Weston whispered with a shake of her head.
Where women like LaMacchia, 47, and Weston, 49, come down in 2020 is likely to play a decisive role in whether Democrats hold the U.S. House and win the presidency or Trump reigns again. Suburban women were a big part of why Democrats romped in Michigan in 2018, taking the governor’s mansion and flipping two congressional seats in a state that was key to Trump’s 2016 win."
Read the full article in The Washington Post HERE.
Article and Photo by CJ Carnacchio
"In LaMacchia’s view, the main issues of this campaign are providing access to “affordable” health care and prescription drugs, “protecting our water,” ensuring children “get a good, safe education” and ensuring people receive “a fair wage after a hard day of work.” “For me, these aren’t political issues at all. They’re moral issues,” she told the crowd. “Lifting up our neighbors improves our community and makes it stronger. It moves us forward. That will be my priority when I’m elected.”
LaMacchia’s campaign kickoff was attended by some prominent Democrats, including Michigan Supreme Court Justice Megan K. Cavanagh, state House Democratic Leader Christine Greig, state Sen. Rosemary Bayer and Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner."
Read the full article in The Oxford Leader HERE.
By Ellen Shanna Knoppow
"If a blue wave is coming to north Oakland County, a win by Jody LaMacchia in 2020 would make it a rainbow wave, too. LaMacchia stands to become the first openly gay woman elected to the Michigan state legislature. Three openly gay men — Jeremy Moss in the state Senate, along with Tim Sneller and Jon Hoadley in the state House — are officeholders now. LaMacchia is only the second openly LGBTQ woman in Michigan’s history to run for state House or Senate — Garnet Lewis can claim the title of first.
Being an openly gay candidate, LaMacchia said she and her wife, Samantha, have discussed the possibility of backlash. She said she is fully prepared, but that she has not experienced homophobia in her district, however conservative its reputation. She described Oxford as being accepting, a place where she can gather with other families to watch football and where her son brings friends over to their house."
Read the full article in Between The Lines HERE.
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"(Jody is) hoping to put her 17 years of experience as a family counselor and conciliator to work in Lansing, settling disputes and formulating solutions for the state.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, LaMacchia, a Democrat, will officially announce her candidacy for the 46th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. She will do so during a gathering at HomeGrown Brewing Company in downtown Oxford from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend."
Article and Photo by Kristen Jordan Shamus
Jody LaMacchia and the North Oakland Women Making a Difference group were profiled by the Detroit Free Press for their work leading up to the November 2018 election.
Read the full Detroit Free Press article HERE.