Dan O’Neil (D)

Background:

Dan O’Neil is a Democrat running for election to represent District 104 in the Michigan House of Representatives.

O’Neil was born and raised in Traverse City, and served ten years on the Traverse City Planning Commission. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Central Michigan University, and earned his JD from Michigan State University.

O’Neil is a partner in Thompson & O’Neil, a northern Michigan law firm. He spent more than 20 years on the executive board of the Michigan Association of Justice.

O’Neil and his wife raised three children together. O’Neil used to coach high school lacrosse and boys and girls youth basketball. To learn more, check out his campaign website. 

Endorsements:

Clean Water Action

Sierra Club

Michigan League of Conservation Voters

MEA

AFT Michigan

Issues:

Gun Control: “I support the Second Amendment. However, as an attorney, I know that nothing in the Second Amendment prevents the adoption of reasonable measures to protect ourselves and our children from gun violence…” O’Neil supports background checks, mandated training and certification, and prohibiting the sale of weapons to people who have a demonstrated disregard for public safety.

Environment: “Clean air to breathe, clean water to enjoy, and a stable climate in which to thrive are the birthright of Michigan’s children, and are the foundation of our economy. Grand Traverse County is blessed with incomparable natural resources; our representative should be the state’s leading voice for the environment.” O’Neil’s environmental goals include moving towards a renewable energy economy and shutting down Line 5.

Education: “We must take prompt, bold, action to reform our state’s education system if we hope to provide opportunity for our children and a vibrant economy for the state.” O’Neil promises to make school funding a priority, expand career and technical training, reform testing, and expand early childhood education.

Top Donors (as of Sept. 21):

Future Now Fund – Federal

Michigan Association for Justice PAC

Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 PAC

Michigan Laborers Political League

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees PEOPLE

*Donor information comes from transparencyusa.org.