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About Mark LaChey

Mark W. LaChey has been actively involved in politics as an openly gay man for over 30 years, including seven two-year terms as a Pleasant Ridge City Commissioner in the 1990s and early 2000s. More recently, Mark is now serving in his third term as a Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party and is also the first and only LGBTQ+ member of the Democratic National Committee from Michigan. Mark is a retired attorney living in Saugatuck with his partner and their two dogs and a cat.

On Nov. 6 Ballot Firsts Abound

By |2018-10-31T14:42:02-04:00October 31st, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

What to say to get you to vote that isn’t already in a meme? That’s my task and conundrum. So let’s start with this: LGBTQ Michiganders, when sufficiently motivated, vote and do so in large numbers. For example, 2014 post-election modeling done by the national Stonewall Democrats determined that 14 percent of all Democratic voters in Michigan were LGBTQ. Assuming that we’re 3 to 5 percent of our state’s overall population, that outsized voting percentage is hugely significant.

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