The 2020 election season is in full swing, and here at FFL we’re excited to see that there has been a surge in Republican women running for public office. We love to celebrate conservative women in all capacities and give our readers a look at what they stand for.
Of Michigan’s 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 2 seats in the U.S.Senate, none are currently filled by a GOP woman. There are 8 Republican women seeking to change this statistic by running for the House of Representatives.
Michigan will have their primary on August 4th, 2020.
Here’s what you need to know about these women:
Lynn Afendoulis (MI-03)
Lynn Afendoulis is a second-generation American, a mother, and a Michigan State Representative (73rd District). Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, Afendoulis also followed a career in business after earning a degree from Michigan State University and becoming a journalist. She has two children, one being adopted, and so she seeks to protect the liberties of the coming generation. Afendoulis seeks to stand with President Trump in opposing China. She is pro-life, pro-legal immigration, and pro-term limits.
Emily Rafi (MI-03)
Emily Rafi graduated from the University of California in 2001. She earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in 2005. She founded her own private law practice, and then for 12 years she practiced Federal Law, so she feels confident about and prepared for a role in the U.S. Congress. She was born and raised in Michigan’s 3rd district, in which she is running. Following a fatal car accident which killed her husband, she is a single mother to her son. Rafi left the Democratic Party and supports President Trump. She is dedicated to remaining loyal to voters and democracy, and she seeks to lower taxes.
Elena Oelke (MI-06)
The only Republican woman running from Michigan’s 6th district, Elena Oelke, is in the same race as Republican incumbent Fred Upton. She is extremely opposed to socialism, and so she is running for office to prevent America from becoming like the Soviet Union, in which she was born. Oelke immigrated to the United States of America in 1998. She has led a successful career as a realtor and business owner. Oelke seeks to protect Constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment, and she is pro-free market. She stands firmly with Trump in supporting Israel and opposing the BDS movement, and she disagrees with Upton’s support of the two-state solution. She stands firmly with Trump on a number of issues which Upton does not.
Kristina Lyke (MI-08)
Born and raised in Michigan, Kristina Lyke earned her law degree in-state and has served as an attorney since. She is extremely family-focused and has been based in Michigan her whole life. Lyke worked her way through law school at Eastern Michigan University, studied international law abroad in Italy and France, but found her passion helping people in small, local firms. She also gives back to her community by volunteering regularly and by offering pro bono legal aid to military veterans. She wants to be elected in order to continue giving back to Michigan and to put community and American values before a political agenda.
Nikki Snyder (MI-08)
Poised, accomplished, and confident, Nikki Snyder is ready to lead in Congress just as she has been able to lead her family. She is a single mother of three, she works as a labor and delivery registered nurse, and she serves on the Michigan State Board of Education. Due to her personal connection to the matters, Snyder is an intense advocate for those affected by disabilities as well as abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She values hard work, fiscal responsibility, mutual respect, and is proudly “100% pro-life without exception.”
Lisa McClain (MI-10)
Lisa McClain is dedicated to becoming an honest, ethical, and confident Congresswoman who is rooted in serving the people. She grew up in a rural area, which fostered her work ethic. McClain is a Financial Executive with a plethora of experience and achievement. She also has a strong history of making an impact in her community by volunteering, fundraising, and serving on committees and event boards. She is a wife, mother, and successful professional who has dedicated her campaign to being transparent and thorough on every issue.
Carmelita Greco (MI-11)
Carmelita Greco has been a financial consultant, private label fashion designer, missionary, and non-profit leader. Now, she is running for Congress in Michigan’s 11th district. She is also a wife and mother with ample business experience and a deep level of faith. Greco is eager to lower taxes and limit the government to allow Americans to prosper with their freedoms. She has experience working with other cultures on an international level. Greco wants to protect Americans’ Constitutional freedoms and to always put America first.