CANCELLED! Virtual Legislative Town Hall

October 08, 2020
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, this event has been cancelled.  We hope to reschedule it – possibly after the election or early next year, when the new legislature is in place.  Watch for updates in email and on the MMLA events calendar.

As the political environment continues to charge forward with the general elections in November, the MMLA be hosting a special virtual Town Hall on October 8th  with these special guests to discuss current housing and financial services legislation/reform in Lansing.  With assistance from our Lobbist at Karoub Associates, we are happy to announce these speakers:

Lt. Governor Garlin Ghilchrist II   Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist has dedicated his career to fixing problems for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve everyday problems for Detroiters, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public by getting things done.

Bringing Michigan’s state government fully into the 21st century is a top priority for Lt. Governor Gilchrist. He brings a lifetime of experience to the task, receiving his first computer at age five and setting up a computer lab in the community recreation center using computers that he built himself at age 16. Lt. Governor Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and later had a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, helping to build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history.

A native of Detroit, Lt. Governor Gilchrist’s parents are proud lifelong Detroiters. His mother worked at General Motors for 32 years and his father worked in defense contract management for the Department of Defense. His family was active in the community, including serving in leadership roles within their various neighborhood associations, as well as the church. Lt. Governor Gilchrist began speaking at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Detroit at age four, and later honed his skills under Dr. Frederick G. Sampson at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.    Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, currently reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and newborn daughter, Ruby.

State Representative Diana Farrington State Representative Diana Farrington was first elected in November 2016 to the Michigan House to represent the people of the 30th District, which includes the city of Utica and parts of Sterling Heights and Shelby Charter Township.  Rep. Farrington serves as the chair of the Committee on Financial Services. She is also a member of the committees on Judiciary, Regulatory Reform, Tax Policy and Families, Children & Seniors.  Rep. Farrington worked as a Mortgage Auditor, started her own youth sports photography company, and owned a staffing company with her husband. She’s a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and has been a part of the community for nearly 40 years helping out as a school, church, and community volunteer.


State Representative Joe Tate   State Rep. Joe Tate is serving his first term representing Michigan’s 2nd House District, a diverse community that covers part of Detroit’s Lower East Side, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe City, and Grosse Pointe Farms.

Tate decided to run for this office as a part of his deep and lifelong commitment to public service. The value of service was taught to him through his parents – a teacher in the Detroit public school system, and a Detroit firefighter. His life has been shaped by teamwork, commitment, and community.

As a teenager, Tate earned a scholarship to play football at Michigan State University before joining the National Football League. After the N.F.L., he went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.   After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he earned both an M.B.A. and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Legislature, Tate helped small businesses grow their capacity as a program manager for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

Submit your questions here.  If you have any housing or finance questions you would like to ask these speakers, send them in for approval.

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