Press Release

The Collective PAC Congratulates Our Endorsed Candidates in Michigan On primary victories

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, The Collective PAC — the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation, and power across all levels of government  —  congratulates our endorsed candidates on their primary victories in Michigan. 


  • Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II is running for re-election in Michigan. Before serving as the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Gilchrist graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a degree in engineering and computer science, and worked as a software engineer at Microsoft. Lt. Governor Gilchrist is an engineer, social entrepreneur, and community organizer who believes in investing in the communities of Michigan. He co-chairs the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration and the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist plans to continue his legacy of creating economic and job opportunities, rebuilding Michigan’s roads and bridges, investing in education and childcare, and keeping communities safe. 


State Legislature

  • State Representative Helena Scott is running for re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in District Seven. State Rep. Scott is currently serving her first term and has accomplished securing over $1 billion for Detroit public schools, sponsored and cosponsored over 500 bills, and created and chaired the House of Legislature Care Caucus.  If re-elected, State Rep. Scott plans to promote gun control reform, improve state and local infrastructure, and improve the quality of education to increase student literacy, retention, and graduation rates. 


  • State Representative Joe Tate is running for re-election to Michigan’s House of Representatives in District Ten. Prior to serving in Michigan’s House of Representatives, He served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer. During his tenure in the state house, State Rep. Tate’s legislation led to the reopening of the Lewis College of Business, Michigan’s only recognized HBCU. If re-elected, he plans to increase the quality of education and youth programs in the district, create job opportunities and stimulate economic growth, and invest in public transportation. 


  • Mr. Larry Jackson is running for Michigan’s House of Representatives in District 86. Mr. Jackson is a Navy veteran and former Vice President for the Chicago Eco House, a nonprofit that alleviates poverty through building sustainability projects. If elected, he plans to invest in education throughout the district by enhancing recruitment and retention, creating a comprehensive plan for infrastructure, and advocating for accessible healthcare and housing. 



  • Commissioner Justin Hodge is running for re-election to the Washtenaw County Commission in District Five.  During his first term, Commissioner Hodge successfully launched a countywide Children’s Saving Account Program and increased the investment in the county’s Health Department. Currently, Commissioner Hodge teaches social work at the University of Michigan, teaching and empowering his students to find policy solutions for real-life application. If re-elected, Mr. Hodge aspires to advocate for affordable housing through inclusionary zoning, investing in renewable energy sources, and consistency in policing and training.  



The Collective PAC is working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. The Collective PAC is strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state, and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward. Over the past five years, The Collective PAC has successfully helped 300 Black candidates win elections across the United States.