Primary Races to Watch

Because of voting histories in certain districts and the way district lines have been redrawn, the August 5 primary is going to produce winners likely to sail through the general election in November.  Read about some of these hot summer contests for Congress, state Senate and state House in our Local Races page, under the Races tab. Then make sure you vote in August.

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News You Can Use

Read the latest Sandbox Party bulletin which features news of an important new poll showing strong bipartisan support for Early Childhood. Plus, this week’s Champion for Children and Youth is K.P. Pelleran, state director for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan.

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On the Campaign Trail

We follow the candidates so that you can stay informed. On our What’s Happening page, we bring you the lowdown on candidate appearances and campaign forums near you and around Michigan.  Know who’s coming to town so that you can decide if you will attend to discuss issues about children and families that you care about most.

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Why Get


We know that when people are informed about issues that impact families they are more willing and likely to speak up for children’s issues and support candidates — and elected and appointed officials — who put children and families first in their decision-making.

When government representatives make children and families a priority, it increases the likelihood for investments in health, social and education supports children need to succeed in school and in life.  Particularly for challenged children – those from low-income families and families of color – these investments are critical for building a brighter future for Michigan as a whole.

Why This



The 2014 election is a big year for big decisions.  And it’s hugely important for Michigan families.  The entire state Legislature — 110 House members and 38 Senators — are up for election.  On the federal side, Michigan has a U.S. Senate race, and all U.S. House seats are on the ballot.

The people elected to these positions will make decisions on policies impacting families and children, setting the direction for our state for years to come. That’s why it’s critically important that the people who are elected put children’s interests first.  The only way to make sure that our elected officials make children a priority is for all of us to become active participants in the election process.

Remember. Children can’t vote. That’s why you should.

Who We Are

The Michigan’s Children Sandbox Party is the state’s leading non-partisan grassroots advocacy network for children, youth and families. We advance state policies, practices and investments that support health, development and learning from cradle to career.

As a project of Michigan’s Children, a statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children, the Sandbox Party also partners with others including Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Michigan Association of United Ways, Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan Council of Maternal and Child Health, Michigan Head Start Association, Michigan League for Public Policy, and others.

What We Do

We alert you to opportunities to become an engaged voter and ways to reach out to candidates seeking public office.  We offer you tips and tools to help you effectively engage candidates.  We provide timely and valuable information about what is at stake in this election and whether the candidates are talking about it.

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