Meet Donna

Donna Lasinski: The strong local voice that Washtenaw County deserves!

Our Hard Working Legislator

Donna’s freshman term as a legislator has resulted in strong strides forward for Washtenaw County.  In the first six weeks of serving, Donna passed her bill out of the house unanimously to make the legislature transparent in how it conducts itself by letting you see all communications and documents.

On the environmental front, Donna worked with fellow legislators, local elected leaders, the DEQ and local activists to lower the 1,4 Dioxane limits in our water from 85ppb to 7.5 ppb. This critical, new permanent rule will have tremendous impact on our water safety and the cleanup plan for the Pall Gellman plume the threatens our wells and fresh waters moving forward.

Donna’s commitment to schools continues – she refuses to accept sending our tax dollars to for-profit cyber schools. And she fights every day to ensure that our public schools have the resources for small class sizes, high quality teachers, and 21st century curriculum in our classrooms.  No child in our community should leave school unprepared for the economy of tomorrow.

As a small business owner, Donna has led the charge for a state wide focus on neighborhood businesses. Donna has introduced legislation to create an office of Small Business Development that will remove obstacles, speed small business startups, and encourage community growth. Small business employ over half of all Michiganders and yet receive very little support from the state. We can do better to help create good jobs in our neighborhoods.

After knocking on over 12,000 doors over the last 18 months in office, Donna heard your voices on the condition of our roads and voted Yes to support additional road funding without raising our taxes. This summer, an additional $175 million will be spent on shovel ready projects. And over the next 12 months, another $312 million will be spent on road repairs. This is still short of the estimated $4.1 billion needed annually to have bring our roads back, but it is an important step that only happened because strong legislators like Donna insisted that it must.

As dramatic tragedies unfold in our state, like the Nassar case, and daily injustices continue, Donna has led the Progressive Women’s Caucus as an executive board member to ensure that we will move forward and not backward in securing safety, health and equal rights for all women and girls in our state.

Donna has done what she said she would do when she campaigned for her office.  She is a strong, pragamatic problem solver who is getting things done for us in Lansing!

Committed to Community

A resident of Scio Township for 20 years, Donna brings a wealth of experience as a community leader and elected official. She and her husband Mike are both successful small business owners, and they are raising their three boys in a tradition of leadership, entrepreneurship and community service.

From serving the homeless at Alpha House to providing summer learning opportunities in community centers to leading voter approved funding for schools and transportation, Donna’s service over the decades has made real, positive impacts in our community.

Energetic Advocate for Schools

Donna has always felt that if you want a great place to live, you have to take responsibility for it. She became a volunteer education activist, knowing that you can’t build strong communities without strong schools. As a PTO leader, Granholm early education appointee, and elected school board member, Donna has worked across the county to ensure our schools and our students have the tools they need to succeed.

A short sample of Donna’s previous education engagement includes:

  • Treasurer, Ann Arbor School Board
  • Director, Washtenaw County Association of School Boards
  • Leader, Education Millage Team
  • Parent Liaison for the Great Start Collaborative for Early Childhood, Washtenaw County
  • Granholm Appointee, Early Learning Advisory Council
  • Interim Director, Success by Six, Washtenaw County
  • AAPS PTO Council Advocacy Committee Chair
  • Testimony, Education Committee, Michigan House of Representatives
  • Founding team of Touch a Truck, premier early childhood advocacy event

Passionate Problem Solver

Donna founded her small business, ThinkStretch, to fix summer learning loss, because of her lifelong commitment to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. The successful curriculum program is now used in 38 states and counting.

In recognition of Donna’s positive community impact and ability to bring together diverse perspectives to craft strong solutions to complex problems, Donna was honored and selected as a Fellow for the prestigious Michigan Political Leadership Program.  The MPLP program selects 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans.  Donna committed a year of weekends working with the MPLP Fellows developing evidence based policy and legislation that strengthens communities.

We need leaders who can build bridges to the better future we see for ourselves. Donna is that ready, qualified and passionate leader. You can help us keep her strong Democratic voice in Lansing – and together we will work to make Washtenaw County the best place to live, to work, and to raise a family. Will you join us? Please vote Donna Lasinski for State Representative on Election Day, November 6th.

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