So far, four openly LGBTQ+ candidates in Michigan have announced their intention to run for office in 2022: incumbents State Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia), and newcomers Noah Arbit (D-West Bloomfield) and Jason Morgan (D-Ann Arbor), both running for state representative in their respective districts. Generally speaking, incumbent candidates have an advantage. But it’s early: The filing deadline is not until April 19. Ultimately, the odds of their success in 2022 rests on the way the districts are finally drawn.
LaChey on Arbit
“The overall pattern of Oakland County and much of south Michigan is, it is turning blue or purple as people migrated further out into the suburbs and exurbs. So I’m optimistic for Noah. I think he’ll be a great campaigner. He is already a great Democratic activist. The good and bad is he has youth on his side. So, there’s the youthful energy, but there is perhaps some need for experience, but you pick up experience fast running for office.”