All candidates for Michigan State Senate District 27 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan State Senate District 27 — incumbent John Cherry (D) and Aaron Gardner (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office? 


  • “We need to bring jobs back to Genesee County. I work every day in Lansing to bring good-paying union jobs back home to Genesee County.”
  • “I’m focused on protecting families. I’m leading the fight against lead in our water and homes.”
  • “I’ve fought to get critical education funding to Genesee County, including initial funding for a new Beecher High School, historic increased per-pupil funding, and special education funding.”


  • “After decades of corruption and poor leadership, we need to show Genesee County’s residency by “ Putting Genesee County First”
  • “Empowering parents. Parents matter and they are being shamed out of schools for caring for their students education.”
  • “We must end the ability of our leadership having so much control and power to use the state of emergency to push political policies and agendas, establishing and utilizing a checks an balance , of which is already in place with the federal and state constitution.”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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Michigan State Senate elections, 2022