MPLP graduates win primaries, advance to general election

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After a late primary night of close races, more than a dozen Michigan Political Leadership Program graduates are readying for new campaigns in the state’s Nov. general election.

Five candidates for the state Senate, two of them to face each other, and four candidates for the Michigan House won the primaries to move on to the Nov. 4 vote. Another six MPLP graduates are incumbent state House members seeking re-election.

MPLP is the nation’s premier political leadership training program. Hosted by Michigan State University’s IPPSR since 1992, the program offers annual fellowships to 24 emerging leaders.

The program takes MPLP Fellows through 10 months of weekend training packed with tours, hands-on activities and spirited debates of public policy, media relations, campaign finance, and the rigors of good governing.

This primary was marked by low turnout, crowded contests and some nail-biters in which the difference between winner and loser was 200 votes or less,” said director of MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research Douglas B. Roberts. “We are proud of all candidates, and especially proud of our MPLP alumni.”

Fourteen MPLP graduates now serve together in Michigan’s House of Representatives.

“That’s an incredible record,” said MPLP co-director Anne Mervenne. “While not every candidate is successful, everyone who runs for public office is a winner in so many ways.”

The complete list of MPLP alumni candidates advancing to the November general election can be found online. More information about MPLP, including applications for future classes and ways to support the program are available.

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