State Senate District 18
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.
Michelle Deatrick: In The News
Anniversary of Women's March to see rally, conference in Ann Arbor – MLive, Jan. 18, 2018
Profile: Deatrick Believes She Can Make Bigger Impact In State Senate – We Love Ann Arbor, Jan. 7, 2018
Michelle Deatrick announces 2018 campaign for state Senate – MLive, Sept. 9, 2017
Washtenaw County Commissioner running for State Senate – WEMU, Sept. 8, 2017
Issues Of The Environment: Imminent Rover ET pipeline construction raising concerns – WEMU, July 12, 2017
Commissioner vows to stand in front of bulldozers to stop gas pipeline – MLive, 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 2 – MLive, 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
It's their day: Union members march in solidarity – Detroit Free Press, Sept. 7, 2015
New Michigan urban farm policy creates more uncertainty – Detroit News, May 5, 2014
826michigan July Supporters of the Month – 826michigan, July 2012