With the candidate filing deadline now behind us and the 2020 election bearing down in a matter of months, Farm Bureau’s candidate evaluation process is gaining momentum statewide.
County Farm Bureau candidate evaluation committees are beginning their work at the grassroots level, interviewing candidates and formulating their recommendations for the state-level AgriPac committee. Those recommendations, in turn, guide AgriPac’s deliberations in which candidates most deserve its Friend of Agriculture endorsement — a coveted plaudit for anyone running for office.
Candidate evaluation committees have recently been provided with all the tools they need to begin their work:
A list of candidates can be found on the Michigan Secretary of State website under the elections tab. All candidates filed with the Secretary of State were sent AgriPac questionnaires for submission to Michigan Farm Bureau. Completed questionnaires will be shared with county Farm Bureau candidate evaluation chairs and administrative managers.
Candidate evaluation chairs have been sent printed copies of the complete Candidate Evaluation Committee Planning Guide; the electronic version is available online here.
Note that the ongoing stay-at-home order has most MFB staff working remotely, meaning they’re not in the office to receive mailed or faxed forms. Submit recommendation forms electronically to [email protected] — before the May 27 deadline.
The AgriPac Committee will review recommendations June 4; the following day a list of candidates endorsed for the primary will be mailed to county Farm Bureau presidents and candidate evaluation chairs.
AgriPac’s endorsements for the Michigan House of Representatives, U.S. House and Senate, and President of the United States will be made public June 12.
MFB staff contacts: Melissa Palma & Matt Kapp