Civil Rights Enforcement
•Represent all the residents of Michigan
•Aggressively prosecute hate crimes and cases of discrimination
•Protect Michigan women’s rights to access healthcare and make decisions about their own bodies
•Defend immigrant communities
•Prosecute cases of housing discrimination
•Protect voting rights
•Ensure equal access for individuals with disabilities
•Advocate for greater inclusions in our civil rights laws
•Go after corporations and bad actors who target Michigan residents
•Prosecute predatory lenders
•Create an Auto Insurance Fraud Division to tackle Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance rates
•Protect student borrowers
•Shut down Enbridge Line 5
•Enforce environmental laws
•Prosecute corporate polluters who gain an unfair advantage over other businesses by harming Michigan’s environment
•Protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the all Michiganders
•Ensure equal access to the air, water and other natural resources of Michigan
Safeguarding Senior Citizens
- Increase resources to combat elder abuse, elder neglect, and economic exploitation of seniors and vulnerable adults
- Vigorous prosecution of medicaid fraud
- Ensure that unsafe assisted living facilities and in-home care providers are stripped of their license
- Issue crime and scam notifications for public awareness
Supporting Legalization and Sensible Regulation of Marijuana
- Common-sense licensing and regulation of marijuana manufacturing and distribution
- Prosecuting those who sell to people under age 21
- Working with the legislature and local law enforcement to develop advanced techniques for investigation and prosecution of drugged drivers
- Protecting Michiganders from federal overreach.
Standing with Labor
- Advocate for greater resources for training, lab access, and resources for local police departments.
- Prosecute violations of overtime, minimum wage, prevailing wage and other essential labor laws
- Make certain that Michiganders have safe work places, free from discrimination, sexual harassment, and environmental hazards.
The CandidateMeet Dana Nessel
Dana Nessel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. She is the managing partner of Nessel & Kessel Law, located in Detroit. She has nearly 25 years of legal experience, covering a vast array of disciplines.
Dana began her legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. For over a decade, Dana was assigned to a number of elite units within the office and handled some of Wayne County’s most difficult cases.
In 2005, Dana left the Prosecutor’s Office to start a business by opening her own legal firm. She has become renowned as a staunch defender of constitutional rights. In her criminal practice, Dana vigorously defends the rights of indigent defendants on hundreds of criminal cases, from petty theft to first-degree murder. She also handles civil rights actions for plaintiffs against police departments and government agencies who have committed transgressions against community residents. Dana has petitioned courts across Michigan on behalf of dozens of victims of domestic violence who sought Personal Protection Orders (PPOs) against their abusers.
In 2012, she spearheaded the precedent-setting case, DeBoer v. Snyder, which challenged the bans on adoption and marriage for same-sex couples in Michigan. DeBoer was later consolidated with its affiliated U.S. Sixth Circuit cases into Obergefell v. Hodges in the United States Supreme Court. This landmark case legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Dana is the President and founder of the Fair Michigan Foundation. In 2016, Dana and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy created the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a first of its kind task force, which investigates and prosecutes hate crimes committed against the LGBTQ community. In the first year of its existence, the Justice Project had charged over a dozen capital offenses including homicides, sexual assaults, armed robberies, child abuse, attempted murder, and carjackings. The Fair Michigan Justice Project has a 100% conviction rate.
Dana has received numerous awards for her civil rights initiatives, including the “Champion of Justice” award from the Michigan State Bar Association, “Woman of the Year” from Michigan Lawyers Weekly and the “Treasure of Detroit” award from Wayne State University Law school. Dana lives in southeast Michigan with her wife, Alanna Maguire, their twin sons, Alex and Zach, along with various cats.