Strong supporter of whole-life and women's health issues
Senator Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 having previously served as the Governor of West Virginia, Secretary of State and in the State legislature. He was born in Farmington, West Virginia, a small coal mining town.
Senator Manchin has been a strong supporter of life voting for defunding Planned Parenthood's abortion business and voting for a 20 Week Abortion Ban. He also understands the needs of women for access the affordable health care voting to restore funding for the Affordable Care Act in 2013.
A consistent whole-life voice for the Minnesota 7th Congressional District
Congressman Collin Peterson has served since 1991, consistently voting pro-life. Republicans view the seat as a pick-up opportunity should Peterson retire. The district tends to vote Republican, but has a handful of elected pro-life Democratic state legislators.
Representative Collin Peterson’s represents Minnesota's largest and most rural district, which includes most of the western area of the state, including Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Thief River Falls, Willmar, Marshall, and Alexandria.
Jerry Cannon’s values better represent Michigan’s 1st Congressional District
Jerry Cannon brings experience and name recognition to his second run for Congress, having run in 2014, against a Republican incumbent who is now retiring.
Jerry knows how to run successfully for office as he was elected four times as the Sheriff of Kalkaska County, Michigan.
It is important that Jerry receive early financial support; because he faces a pro-choice primary opponent Lon Johnson, a former state party chair. The state primary is August 2, 2016.
Although Lon Johnson will be able to raise money due to his party connections, Jerry Cannon’s values better represent Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, formerly held by Congressman Bart Stupak.
Jerry's Military and Political Experience
A Vietnam veteran, Jerry served as a Major General in the Michigan Army National Guard and was deployed multiple times around the world, including tours in Iraq. After serving as Marine in Vietnam, Jerry joined the Army National Guard in 1977, retiring in 2012. Using the GI Bill, he earned a degree in Criminal Justice from University of Detroit in 1976.
Upon graduation, Jerry became a police officer, then a detective and eventually became Sheriff of Kalkaska County, Michigan. Jerry won election four times, retiring in 2004 in order to focus on deployments to Cuba and Iraq.
Cannon has served as a member of the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Board of Trustees, chairman of the Garfield Township Parks and Recreation Committee, and a board member of the Northern Michigan Law Enforcement Training Group. Jerry and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Fife Lake, MI. Married for 45 years, Jerry and Liz are the parents of four children, including a son who served two tours in Afghanistan. They have seven grandchildren.
2018 US Senate race in Indiana expected to be hotly contested
Senator Joe Donnelly was elected to Congress in 2006, reelected in 2008 and 2010, and elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
He is up for re-election in 2018. The 2018 reelection campaign will be very expensive and hard fought as Republicans will target Senator Donnelly for defeat.
Donnelly has been a consistent pro-life voice as well as advocate for women and families.
In 2013, Donnelly co-sponsored the Senate bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Donnelly voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Donnelly voted for the 2009 reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIP). In Donnelly's first term he co-sponsored H.R. 2: The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007.
In 2010, Donnelly voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act). Donnelly has also voted to expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage and eligibility.
In 2010, Donnelly supported the Hyde Amendment of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits federal funding from being used on abortions other than in cases of incest and rape. In 2015, he voted for reallocating funds from Planned Parenthood to local Community Health Centers throughout the state of Indiana. He also voted to support the ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
Senator Joe Donnelly is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame undergraduate school and the Law School. He lives with his wife Jill in Grainger, Indiana. They have two children, Molly and Joe, Jr.