MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Attorney General
Posted on October 19, 2018
The MHA’s Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2018. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.
MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL:
Democrat Dana Nessel currently serves as president of the Fair Michigan Foundation, an organization dedicated to advocacy, education and outreach regarding LGBTQ, men’s and women’s civil rights in Michigan. In an Oct. 5 Bridge Magazine article, Nessel made the following statement about her philosophy should she be elected as Michigan’s next attorney general, “As attorney general, I think the question that has to be asked is, ‘How can this office be used to best protect the public?’ Because that’s really how I see this office. It’s there to protect people who often don’t have the means to protect themselves.”
Nessel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. For more information, visit dana2018.com.
Republican Tom Leonard currently serves as the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. He was first elected to the Michigan Legislature in 2012 and cannot run for re-election in the House due to term limits. In an Oct. 5 Bridge Magazine article, Leonard made the following statement about his philosophy should he be elected as Michigan’s next attorney general, “I am going to be a rule-of-law attorney general. I will ensure that the U.S. and the state constitution are both being upheld, but also the laws of this state as they are passed by our legislature and signed by our governor.”
Leonard is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University College of Law. For more information, visit leonardforag.com
WHY IT MATTERS
The state’s attorney general serves as Michigan’s top legal adviser and law enforcement official. In addition to overseeing a staff of state attorneys, the attorney general prosecutes violations of state law and issues legal opinions to the Legislature and state government, which can result in changes to public policies and legislation in all areas of state government, including healthcare. The attorney general also serves as a consumer advocate for Michigan residents and often guides public policy decisions when it comes to law enforcement efforts.
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