Colleen Turk Anno...

Colleen Turk, the founder of a group to unite Livingston County residents, has announced that she is running for the Democratic nomination for the 47th House seat in Livingston County.

Colleen Turk filed papers with the county clerk recently in preparation for the November 2018 election.

“We’re facing complex issues that can’t be solved with the same old one-sided ideas,” Turk stated. “And people are tired of feeling hatred from all sides of the spectrum. Michigan needs candidates whose problem solving can be equally innovative and inclusive.”

The most critical issues facing the Livingston county area, Turk said, are how money is allotted for public schools and affordable, high-quality health care.

“Legislators in Lansing just passed legislation to give millage money to for-profit charter schools and denied common-sense checks and balances that were introduced, like compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. So now we’re sharing public money with for-profit corporations that have no responsibility to answer the public’s questions at a time when Michigan student achievement is nationally ranked in the bottom third of the country,” she said.

“When it comes to health care, we can’t make citizens wait for the mess at the federal level to be corrected. We need to be actively researching initiatives that can be undertaken by our state in small-scale pilot programs with an eye for expanding beyond that. Senior citizens and young families need realistic solutions right now.”

Turk grew up in Cohoctah and attended Howell public schools throughout her childhood. She is a 1999 graduate of Howell High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and German from the University of Michigan in 2003. Last year she earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration from Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Her studies included program design and evaluation, employment and tax law, accounting, and finance.

Turk is an IT professional with experience in project management, academia, and health care (where are you employed?). She is the founder of Citizens for Unity, a community group focused on facilitating discussions, learning different perspectives, and building consensus on actions needed to change our community for the better. Turk also was instrumental in launching the youngest chapter of First Robotics in Howell Schools – the First LEGO League Jr.

Her husband, James Turk, also attended Howell public schools and now leads building maintenance at Pepsi Bottling Group in Howell. They have been married 11 years, have two children, and moved back to Livingston county in 2016 after residing in Buchanan, Michigan for seven years. They now live in Marion Township.

Anyone wishing more information about Turk’s campaign may contact her at, follow her campaign on Facebook at Vote for Colleen Turk (, or view her website at
Turk is the first Democrat to file for the 47th House District, which includes the townships of Cohoctah, Conway, Deerfield, Handy, Hartland, Howell, Iosco, Marion, Oceola, Tyrone and Unadilla, plus the city of Howell and the village of Fowlerville.

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Two Statewide Can...

A pair of candidates for statewide office will be guest speakers at the next meeting of Livingston County Democrats.

Jocelyn Benson, candidate for Democratic nomination for secretary of state, and Jordan Acker, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the University of Michigan board of regents, will speak at the party’s Jan. 25 meeting.

Jocelyn Benson has been a national leader in election law and administration for more than a decade. She wrote the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws, called, Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process.

She served as dean of Wayne State University’s law school, where she froze tuition, expanded access to scholarship funds and set up programs to provide free legal services for veterans.

She is currently CEO and Executive Director of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit.

Jordan is a University of Michigan graduate and an attorney. He has worked as a staffer for the House Judiciary Committee where he worked on issues such as civil rights and the illegal torture practices of the Bush administration. He worked on a team that helped expose and end those practices.

He also worked in the Obama White House on issues including modernizing immigration policy and supporting law enforcement after the Boston marathon bombing. And he was an advisor to the secretary of Homeland Security.

He returned to Oakland County in 2013 where he practices law with his father.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium. The business locks the door promptly at 7 p.m.

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)