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Meetings are quarterly and/or at the call of the Chair. Please contact Allan Wachendorfer at or 517-487-1548 ex 11 for more information or to get involved.


If you are seeking an endorsement, please forward a resume and the completed form to or by mail to MPACE 741 N. Cedar St. Lansing, MI 48906 c/o Allan Wachendorfer. 


The Michigan Political Action for Candidate Election (M-PACE) Committee is the political action arm of the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter. As a political action committee, M-PACE endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW - Michigan's policy agenda.


The purposes of M-PACE are to:

  1. To help elect candidates to public office who support legislation and policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession and the needs of those who are served by the social work profession in the chapter of NASW-MI.
  2. To promote NASW legislative policies through political action and/or through support of candidates.
  3. To promote political education and full participation in the electoral political process among members of the social work profession.
  4. To take such other and further action as may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing.


M-PACE Committee Members:



 Angel Foster, Chair  Brian Ashin, Treasurer
 Haley Hildebrand, Secretary  Joseph Kozakiewicz
 Judy Ashin  Marjorie Ziefert
 Michael Heisler  Peter Ruark
 Susan Grettenberger  Vicki Poleni
 Bill Long  


NASW - Michigan Chapter needs your help in advocating for the social work profession. We must have a collective voice for our profession and those we serve. Between the grassroots support of our membership and M-PACE, we will effectively represent the social work profession and advocate for our clients. With your help of a contribution to M-PACE, we will be one of the most influential organizations at the Capitol for health, human services, behavioral health, education, and equitable financing of state services.

You can donate by sending a contribution to: M-PACE c/o NASW-Michigan Chapter, 741 N Cedar St, Suite 100, Lansing, MI 48906.


You can also donate by clicking the following link:Contribute


“Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice” (NASW Code of Ethics, 6.04)



2016 Election Results 

2014 Election Results  

2012 Election Results


PACE: Building Political Power for Social Workers

Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) is the political action arm of the National Association of Social Workers. As a political action committee, PACE endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW's policy agenda. The national PACE Board of Trustees * endorses (criteria*and contributes to federal candidates running for U.S. House and Senate seats; state chapter PACE units decide on local and state races.



  • Mobilizes thousands of social workers to vote by informing NASW members of which candidates NASW-PACE endorsed in 2012, 2016, and 2017.
  • Compiles valuable facts such as voting records of U.S. Senators and Representatives and information on more than 150 social workers elected to federal, state, and local office.

For more information about PACE, the national level political action committee for NASW, go here:


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