Michigan LCV Secures Major Transit Victory in Metro Grand Rapids

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Michigan LCV is proud to celebrate the success of the Rapid transit millage in metro Grand Rapids. With the margin of victory a mere 136 votes, there is no doubt that every penny spent and door knocked by the Michigan LCV team was not only worthwhile, but invaluable.

With the community's support, and especially that of Friends of Transit, the Rapid will now move forward as a statewide leader in public transportation through the $150 milllion raised by the ballot question.

Just under two months ago, we decided to dive into this ballot question and take the lead in directing the campaign and strategy. Housing the campaign in the Grand Rapids Michgian LCV office, our West Michigan team pulled off an amazing victory that brought together business leaders, the mayor of every community involved, environmental groups, and dozens of volunteers.

With the margin of victory so tight, the strategy and countless hours logged by the Michigan LCV staff leading the campaign was vital in building a successful Get Out the Vote effort and accompanying education campaign. Furthermore, by using a unique voter targeting and modeling system, Michigan LCV identitified 3000 new citizens who were motivated by the benefits of public transit to the environment that would, in turn, prove crucial in reaching the winning threshold.

Through the hard work of our West Michigan Director, Phil Skaggs, and our West Michgian Organizer, Zane Corriveau - complemented by the involvement of our Board members like Mayor George Heartwell, Elizabeth Lykens, Bill Farr, Terry Ziemba, and Christina Keller - this hardfought victory will provide novel opportunities and increased services to the citizens of the region. Kudos, also, to Dave Bukowski and David Doyle who were the co-chairs of the Friends of Transit and deserve deep gratitude for their energy and passion in getting the ball rolling here and keeping it moving along, throughout.

Furthermore, the improvements in public transit will also lower emissions, encourage denser and smarter urban planning, reduce congestion, and create new jobs. This is a big win for Michigan LCV, but a far greater victory for the voters of metro Grand Rapids.