We are a non-partisan PAC that supports candidates in local and State races who commit to correcting the problems and inequities caused by decades of cannabis prohibition. Party affiliation does not affect our likelihood of endorsing an individual candidate.
2021 Candidate Endorsements
A life long advocate, activist and organizer, Ambie is looking to make a difference in her native Benton Harbor by becoming City Commissioner-At-Large. Ambie's campaign is rooted in the simple hashtag #WeRise. Her platform seeks to enhance the quality of life for youth as they develop. She believes that by taking a grassroots approach to encourage positive social change through the improvement of livelihood, education, integrity and perseverance, together, the community can build cleaner and more sustainable neighborhoods that will assist in the alleviation of poverty.
Ambie knows the community, having volunteered and served in different organizations:
Ambie has served Benton Harbor since 2015, when she founded Sustainable Solutions and helped over two dozen businesses open and expand within her community. Partnering with experts, Ambie worked to amplify myth dispelling stories that revealed the medicinal, social justice and economic benefits of the cannabis industry. In doing so, Ambie led and won the social and legislative fight to bring the cannabis industry into Benton Harbor, paving the way for countless jobs and business opportunities. We are pleased to endorse Ms. Bell for At-Large Commissioner for the City of Benton Harbor.
Emily Bridson is currently a Kentwood City Commissioner and is running for Mayor of Kentwood. Emily is originally from the Greater Lansing area, where her family still lives today. Now, she is a proud Kentwood resident and has been giving back to our city for over ten years. Her community engagement includes being: a member of Kent County’s City/County Building Authority, Kentwood Arts Commission Member, Vice-Chair of Kalamazoo County’s Solid Waste Committee, Former Humane Society of West Michigan Board Member, and Former Parks and Recreation and Planning Commissioner. Currently, she is working in a patient services capacity at Spectrum Health in our vaccine clinics, helping our community successfully move past the pandemic. As an animal lover and advocate for animal welfare, you will find two rescue cats at Emily’s home – Lennon and Harry.
A graduate of the University of Central Florida (BA), Michigan State (MS), and Northwood University (MBA), Emily considers herself a lifelong learner and believes access to education is a critical component to self-growth and success. As a fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, she learned about public policy and engaging with communities in a meaningful way and added her grassroots experience and approach to actively listen to Kentwood residents.
Emily’s managerial and active leadership experience has formed through her work in both the private and public sectors. Having served in operations management, sustainability, recycling, sales, and non-profit development capacities has contributed to her success in serving Kentwood residents.
In addition to the West Michigan Cannabis Guild, Emily has been endorsed by the Michigan Education Association, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Progressive Women's Alliance of West Michigan, Kentwood Professional Firefighters Local 3174, UAW Region 1D, IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund, Equity PAC, Rising Tides, Kent-Ionia Labor Council, and many others. We are pleased to endorse Commissioner Bridson for Mayor of Kentwood.
Dan VanderMolen is currently running for City Commissioner of Kentwood's 2nd Ward. He has been board member for the Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, is currently a board member for United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM), and was recently appointed to the Kent County Community Action Advisory Governing Board. His passion for municipal government and policy runs deep, and he recently completed the Michigan Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program at Saginaw Valley State University. He is also the current president of the Meadow Brook elementary school parent teacher organization.
Dan's platform includes increased access to high quality child care and strengthen the early childhood education workforce, developing Kentwood's broadband internet infrastructure and remote learning opportunities, improving the local water system, investing in local green space and recreational areas, and ensuring that Kentwood's services are inclusive and available to all.
In addition to the West Michigan Cannabis Guild, Dan has been endorsed by the Michigan Education Association, Equity PAC, the Progressive Women's Alliance of West Michigan, Rising Voices, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, the Kent-Ionia Labor Council, and others. We are pleased to endorse Mr. VanderMolen for Ward 2 Commissioner of Kentwood.