Voter’s guide to midterm elections 2014

Audra Gamble


Rick Snyder (Republican):

  • Current governor of Michigan
  • MBA and law degree from the University of Michigan
  • Wants to create more workers skilled in the technology field
  • Eliminated the Michigan Business Tax
  • Against all types of discrimination, including the lack of protection for LGBT community in the Elliot-Larsen Act
  • Advocates for $1.2 billion to fix Michigan roads
  • Vetoed the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

Mark Schauer (Democratic):

  • Former congressman from 1997 to 2010
  • BA from Albion College, master’s degrees from Michigan State University and Western Michigan University
  • Wants to expand the middle class
  • Wants to reinstate the Child Tax Credit
  • Against all types of discrimination, and would like to amend the Elliot-Larsen Act
  • Against the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act
  • Wants to ban lobbyist gifts to government officials

Mary Buzuma (Libertarian):

  • Former Navy intelligence specialist and chair of the Libertarian party of Michigan
  • BA from Kalamazoo College
  • Would work to cut the state income tax
  • Does not think the Elliot-Larsen Act should exist
  • Would rather the private sector repair Michigan roads
  • Supports the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act, but encourages those who wish to donate to private charities that provide abortions
  • Would give more power to local citizens to reform pensions

Mark McFarlin (U.S. Taxpayer):

  • Professional investigator and political activist
  • BS from Central Michigan University
  • Would work to legalize Cannabis
  • Does not find the lack of anti-discrimination laws for LGBT community a priority for his administration
  • Thinks insurance companies should help pay for road repair
  • Supports the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act
  • Would no longer tax pensioners

Paul Homeniuk (Green Party):

  • Degree from Grand Valley State University
  • Entrepreneur and teacher, no political experience
  • Wants to eliminate the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Does not agree with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision
  • Would add anti-discrimination laws for the LGBT community
  • Wants to allocate 2 percent of the gas tax to road repair
  • Against the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

United States Senator:

Terri Lynn Land (Republican):

  • Owner of Green Light Management, former Sec. of State from 2003 to 2011
  • BA from Hope College
  • Wants to lower taxes for the middle class and increase the Child Tax Credit
  • Supports airstrikes on ISIS, but not troops on the ground
  • Wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act

Gary Peters (Democratic):

  • Current member of the House of Representatives, former state senator
  • BA from Alma College, master’s degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Detroit, law degree from Wayne State University
  • Wants to collect more taxes from the wealthiest Americans and multinational corporations
  • Cosponsor of the Email Privacy Act, which would require a warrant to search a private individual’s email
  • Supports coalitions with European and Arab nations for airstrikes against ISIS, but no troops on the ground

Jim Fulner (Libertarian):

  • Four years in the Coast Guard and five years in the automotive industry
  • BS from Northern Michigan University
  • Recommends the adoption of the People’s Central Bank
  • Would vote to appeal the Affordable Care Act
  • Does not support any military action against ISIS
  • Anti-abortion, from conception
  • Does not think that the government should do any intelligence gathering

Richard A. Matkin (U.S. Taxpayer):

no information provided about this candidate

Chris Wahmhoff (Green Party):

  • Political activist and 15 years in the mental health field
  • Two year degree
  • Wants major corporations to pay more taxes than local businesses
  • Views Edward Snowden as a hero
  • Would like to address drug cartels at the U.S./Mexico border as well as immigration reform
  • Does not support the auto bailout of 2009
  • Has been arrested multiple times, most recently in June for refusing to leave the Capitol building

Information provided by the Michigan Voters Guide. To compare candidates in all political races side by side, visit