Winnie Brinks, Michigan State Senate
Winnie Brinks is seeking to become the first woman to represent Grand Rapids in the State Senate since Eva McCall Hamilton — the first woman ever to serve in the Michigan Senate — was elected in 1921. Brinks is running against Republican State Rep. Chris Afendoulis for the open seat in SD-29.
Brinks is currently a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, where she serves as Democratic Caucus Policy Chair. She is the former Executive Director of One Way House Inc., a residential facility for non-violent female offenders. Brinks holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Calvin College.
Michigan Information & Research Service (September): 46-46 tie, with Brinks showing 60% support among Independent voters.
Michigan State Senate District 29 is a traditionally-Republican district that includes the cities of Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, and the townships of Ada, Cascade, Grand Rapids, Caledonia, Lowell and Bowen.