Manoogian received the endorsement of President Obama

Michigan Progressive Mari Manoogian Wins House Race

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DETROIT (Combined sources) — Mari Manoogian, a 26-year-old former US State Department worker, won the Michigan State House District 40 seat, currently held by Republicans on Tuesday, November 6.

Birmingham resident and Democrat Manoogian defeated Republican David Wolkinson .

“Tonight, after 15 months of campaigning across every corner of this district, I’m honored to have earned my neighbors’ trust to serve as the next State Representative for Michigan’s 40th district.” Manoogian said in a victory post.

“We flipped this seat from red to blue by working our hearts out and campaigning on the issues that matter to people across our district: clean water, quality public schools, and safe roads — and that’s what I’ll fight for every day I serve in the Legislature.”

The 40th District seat is currently held by Republican Michael McCready. The district covers Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills and a portion of West Bloomfield Township.

The towns in her district include Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and parts of West Bloomfield Township.

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Manoogian is a foreign policy professional who is proposing transitioning for-profit charter schools to nonprofits. She supports creating a “living wage,” narrowing the racial and gender pay gap, paid sick leave, and paid family leave. She says, “I also support prioritizing Michigan small businesses over large multinational corporations for tax credits.”

She is among the wave of women, Muslims and progressives that did very well in Michigan.

In the 13th state Senate district, which overlaps with part of the 40th, Democrat Mallory McMorrow of Royal Oak beat incumbent Republican Marty Knollenberg of Troy. With 100 percent of the precincts in, McMorrow received 51.9 percent of the votes compared to Knollenberg’s 48.1 percent.

(Detroit News contributed to this report.)

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