State Senate District 18

Michelle Deatrick

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Michelle Deatrick

Michelle Deatrick is a Washtenaw County Commissioner representing District 2, in the north and northeast parts of the county. In the Aug. 7 Democratic primary, she is running for the Michigan Senate District 18 seat against Jeff Irwin, Matthew Miller and Anuja Rajendra. The position is currently held by Democrat Rebekah Warren, who is term-limited in the senate but running for the District 55 seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

The winner of this Democratic primary will face Republican Martin Church in the Nov. 6 general election.

Deatrick was first elected to the Washtenaw County board in November 2016, defeating Republican incumbent Dan Smith with 53% of the vote in her first bid for public office. She announced her candidacy for state senate less than a year later, in September 2017.

Deatrick is vice chair of the Washtenaw County board. In her capacity as commissioner, she also has served on the county's Board of Public Works and Broadband Subcommittee. 

She is a poet, fiction writer, farmer and activist for small farm rights. She was the Special Projects Director-Michigan for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, and was a delegate to the 2016 National Democratic Convention. She helped organize the Ann Arbor Women's March in 2017 and 2018.

Her blogs, which are currently dormant, include the Word Garden and the Michigan Small Farmer. She also has a poetry and writing website. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Kenya and was co-founder of the Michigan Small Farm Council. She has taught at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Deatrick earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, and also has degrees from Harvard University and Wesleyan University. She is married to Steve Pryzbylski, a tech consultant, and has two children. The family lives in Superior Township.

Alex Yerkey is serving as Deatrick's campaign treasurer.

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Michelle Deatrick: In The News

Anniversary of Women's March to see rally, conference in Ann ArborMLive, Jan. 18, 2018

Profile: Deatrick Believes She Can Make Bigger Impact In State SenateWe Love Ann Arbor, Jan. 7, 2018

Michelle Deatrick announces 2018 campaign for state SenateMLive, Sept. 9, 2017

Washtenaw County Commissioner running for State SenateWEMU, Sept. 8, 2017

Issues Of The Environment: Imminent Rover ET pipeline construction raising concernsWEMU, July 12, 2017

Commissioner vows to stand in front of bulldozers to stop gas pipelineMLive, June 29, 2017

Speech at the Tax March on the University of Michigan Diag (video)MLive, April 15, 2017

A2 Women’s March brings national issues close to home – Washtenaw Voice, Jan. 30, 2017

Michelle Deatrick unseats incumbent in race for county's District 2MLive, Nov. 9, 2016

What are the top issues facing Washtenaw County? Candidates discuss – MLive, Oct. 5, 2016

League of Women Voters candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 4, 2016

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 23-25)

It's their day: Union members march in solidarityDetroit Free Press, Sept. 7, 2015

New Michigan urban farm policy creates more uncertaintyDetroit News, May 5, 2014

Change in rules for Michigan farm animals creates confusion for some farmers, satisfaction for othersMLive, April 29, 2014

826michigan July Supporters of the Month826michigan, July 2012