Lily Cheng-Schulting announces her run for the Michigan House of Representatives in the 72nd district.
- The 72nd district includes the cities of Kentwood and Wayland, and other parts of Kent and Allegan County. It is currently represented by Republican Steven Johnson.
- Lily lives in Kentwood and is a local organizer around issues that affect the disability community and other marginalized communities.
- Lily is running her campaign around the issues of education, mental health and disability services, and economic and racial equity.
- She has pledged to not take any corporate PAC money to fund her campaign.
Lily Cheng-Schulting's family immigrated from Taiwan when she was three years old. She lived with her family in North Carolina before moving Ohio where she graduated from high school. After high school she got her Bachelors degree at the University of California at Berkeley. Following that, she got her law degree at Syracuse University College of Law. Lily and her family (husband and two children) have lived in the Grand Rapids area for 20 years, and in Kentwood for the last ten years. Her youngest child is autistic and attends a special education school. Her experiences with the special education programs in Kent County led her to get involved as a disability advocate, including founding the nonprofit Disability A-Team of West Michigan. As part of this work Lily led the campaign to get an independent audit of the special educations schools under Grand Rapids Public Schools, which led to 9 of these schools being transferred to Kent ISD. Lily is also involved in her community through organizing work to help marginalized communities, and is a Board Member of the Michigan Department of Education's Special Education Advisory Committee. Lily is running to fight to improve Michigan schools for all students, and particularly students with disabilities and from marginalized backgrounds. This includes greater funding for schools, including for support services and therapists for students. Lily is a strong believer in economic justice and fighting to improve the quality of life for Michiganders through raising wages, providing vocational options, and making it more affordable for families to access necessities such as housing and healthcare. Since Lily is a grassroots activist and organizer, she believes in prioritizing the voices of her community. She also wants to draw attention to the issue of corporate money in politics. Corporate PACs representing banks, lobbyists, and other business interests spend tens of thousands of dollars each election cycle trying to elect politicians who will vote in their favor. Lily has pledged to not take any money from these corporate PACs to help fund her campaign, and is challenging other candidates to do the same to prioritize the voices of people over corporations.