Survey of electoral candidates shares their positions on race equity, mental health, substance use, housing, and more

The Washtenaw Health Initiative partnered with the Washtenaw Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, Avalon Housing, the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, and the Women’s Center of Southeast Michigan to conduct a survey that was sent to 59 candidates running for election in Washtenaw County.

With collaboration among all of our partners, this survey covered major issues in Washtenaw County including race equity, mental health and substance use, housing, criminal justice reform, and educational access. Seventeen candidates responded to this survey and their responses are published in this report:

We extend our sincere thanks to all of the candidates who responded to our survey. Their answers showed a remarkable degree of attention and care. We also want to thank them for their public service and their willingness to engage in our deliberative democracy.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Matt Hill, WHI Substance Use Program Manager, at