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Making Our Elected Officials Work For Social Justice 

NASW-Michigan is working harder than ever to get social workers and our allies elected to the Michigan House, Senate, and the Governor's office. This year the M-PACE committee voted to hire a field organizer to engage members in volunteering for the candidates we've endorsed rather than directly contributing to their campaigns. This helps engage social workers in political action, builds relationships between social workers and soon-to-be elected officials, and helps get people elected to office who will support our policy agenda. We need you to help us make this successful.


Can you give $5, $10, or $20 for social justice? Your contribution to M-PACE helps us endorse and support candidates who uphold the values and ethics of the profession. Political action is a building block for creating socially just policy because we need socially conscious legislators in office to help create change! 


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.
  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.

The 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.


Can you donate now? Click the link below. If you cannot contribute financially, can you spare some time phone banking, door-knocking, or working in a campaign office? If so, please click here:



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


PLEASE NOTE: Your contribution to the Michigan Political Action for Candidate Election Committee is NOT tax-deductible. By law, only NASW members can 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)


 Please contact Algeria Wilson 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 Algeria Wilson.




MPACE Endorsements for 2018 Election


What District Am I In?


State Executive





Lt. Governor

Gretchen Whitmer

Garlin Gilchrist II
 Secretary of State  Jocelyn Benson
 Attorney General  Dana Nessel


State Senate





Stephanie Chang (MSW)


Sylvia Santana


Dayna Polehanki

13  Mallory McMarrow 
17 Bill LaVoy


Jeff Irwin

20 Sean McCann
24 Kelly Rossman-McKinney
29 Winnie Brinks
24 Poppy Sias-Hernandez


Wayne Schmidt

38 Scott Dianda


State Representative





Sherry Gay-Dagnogo

17 Michelle LaVoy


Darrin Camilleri


Nate Shannon


Robert Wittenberg

38  Kelly Breen
40 Mari Manoogian


Padma Kuppa


Tim Sneller


Donna Lasinski

61 Alberta Griffin
62  Jim Haadsma


Kara Hope


Sarah Anthony


Julie Brixie

71 Angela Witwer


Rachel Hood

99 Kristen Brown


Ken Summers


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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