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Meet Garlin Gilchrist II - Gretchen Whitmer for GovernorSkip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE Meet Garlin Gilchrist II HOME ABOUT MEET GARLIN GILCHRIST II Dad Garlin and his wife Ellen are the proud parents of twins Garlin III and Emily Grace, who were born on Garlin’s birthday in 2013, and one-year-old Ruby. Garlin and Ellen are raising their family in his hometown of Detroit. Detroiter Garlin was born and spent the first part of his childhood in Detroit. When he was [DATE REMOVED] old, he started public speaking at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Detroit, before further honing his skills at the knee of Dr. Frederick G. Sampson at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. He played basketball on every playground, and stretched his mind as a DAPCEP kid. Garlin’s parents are proud lifelong Detroiters. His mother worked at General Motors for [DATE REMOVED], and his dad worked in defense contract management for the Department of Defense for [DATE REMOVED]. His mother is the President of their neighborhood associations in Detroit and Farmington, and his dad was Vice President. At age eight, Garlin’s parents moved their family to Farmington—he is a proud product of Detroit and Farmington public schools. Tech Guru Garlin’s grandma made him the first kid on his block to have a computer when he was [DATE REMOVED] old. He started his first job fixing and building computers at age 16. With the first five computers he built, he set up a computer lab in his community’s recreation center to introduce people to technology. Garlin studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors in 2005. After graduating, Garlin spent [DATE REMOVED] as a software engineer at Microsoft in Seattle, where he helped build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history. As Lieutenant Governor, Garlin is helping to move Michigan’s state government into the 21st century. Organizer During his time in Seattle, Garlin served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, where he helped launch a national text message program to recruit volunteers. Garlin served as the first Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., and spent [DATE REMOVED] as National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. He spearheaded equity and justice campaigns, including fighting to expand Medicaid in states with Republican governors, like Michigan. Problem Solver In 2014, Garlin and Ellen chose to move home to Detroit and raise their children as Michiganders. Garlin started working for the City of Detroit as the first ever Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology, where he opened up the city’s public data and information and solved problems for Detroiters. Garlin created an app for Detroiters to report problems they were facing every day, like broken fire hydrants, potholes, and broken street lights. Public Servant Garlin has dedicated his career to fixing problems for hardworking families. He’s ready to use his experience as an organizer and an innovator to get things done for Michiganders across the state.As lieutenant governor, Garlin immediately rolled up his sleeves and got to work bringing our state government into the 21st century. Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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Michigan FOP endorses Whitmer for governor - Gretchen Whitmer for Governor54%Skip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 BY ZACK POHL Michigan FOP endorses Whitmer for governor Democratic candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer has earned the endorsement of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police (MIFOP) for the [DATE REMOVED] election. “Although both candidates are well versed on law enforcement issues and would lead our state well, our committee ultimately decided to support Whitmer,” explains Mike Sauger, MFOP president.  “It was a difficult decision with two well qualified candidates.  Because she has worked with several governors over the years, we believe she will work most effectively on both sides of the aisle.” Through a selection process that included in person interviews with both candidates at the MIFOP office, a five member committee made the endorsement decision on behalf of the MIFOP membership. “We look forward to having a productive, open door relationship with the next governor,” says David Hiller, MIFOP executive director.  “Law enforcement issues are central to protecting public safety and we appreciate the high priority that both candidates place on them.” Founded in 1939, the Michigan chapter of the FOP is focused on protecting public safety.  MIFOP is Michigan’s largest and oldest law enforcement organization with 7,500 active members and 3,000 associate members in more than 50 lodges throughout the state. # # # Share this post: Share Tweet Email Post navigation  Previous Post Whitmer Announces Garlin Gilchrist II as Running Mate Next Post   Gubernatorial Candidates Announce General Election Debate Schedule Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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Former President Barack Obama Endorses Gretchen Whitmer for Governor - Gretchen Whitmer for GovernorSkip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE POSTED ON OCTOBER 1, 2018 BY ADAM FOX-LONG Former President Barack Obama Endorses Gretchen Whitmer for Governor DETROIT — Today former President Barack Obama endorsed Gretchen Whitmer for Governor of Michigan. “I’m proud to endorse Gretchen Whitmer because Michigan’s middle-class families need a governor who knows how to get things done,” said former President Barack Obama. “Gretchen has spent her whole life getting real results for hardworking Michiganders, whether it was raising the minimum wage, or working to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act to cover more than 680,000 people. As governor, she’ll focus on getting things done that will actually make a difference in people’s lives right now, like fixing Michigan’s roads, speeding up the replacement of lead pipes in communities like Flint, and getting our kids the skills they need to compete for good-paying jobs. That’s exactly the kind of leadership Michigan needs in the governor’s office right now.” “It’s such an honor to have President Obama’s support because as President he fought every day to make sure hardworking Michiganders had access to quality, affordable health care and worked to rescue Michigan’s auto industry, which saved 1.5 million jobs,” said Whitmer. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the work I did as Senate Democratic Leader to expand Medicaid, more than 680,000 Michiganders now have health care who didn’t before. There’s still more work to do, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and expand Medicaid to the 600,000 Michiganders who still need care. Let’s get it done.” “It’s so exciting to have President Obama’s support,” said Gilchrist. “I started off my career as an organizer by serving as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and as National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, I spearheaded a campaign to expand Medicaid in states with Republican governors, like Michigan. As Lieutenant Governor, I’m ready to work side-by-side with Gretchen, President Obama, and everyone who wants to get to work expanding Michiganders’ access to health care.” ### Share this post: Share Tweet Email Post navigation  Previous Post New Group of ‘Business Leaders for Whitmer’ Forms to Help Elect Gretchen Whitmer as Michigan’s Next Governor Next Post   Whitmer Launches Campaign Ad Focused on Health Care, Protecting People with Pre-Existing Conditions Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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