Dayna Polehanki, State Senate, 7th District
As a 16-year public school teacher, Dayna has seen first-hand the bad hand that has been dealt to students and teachers over the past 8 years of failed leadership in Lansing. She believes that we have got to turn this ship around. Once in Lansing, Dayna will be not just the voice–but the ROAR–for students and teachers in Michigan.
Dayna Polehanki of Livonia won her Democratic primary race with 73% of the vote and now faces a Republican challenger in November.
Polehanki has taught high school English for the past 16 years. She is her school district’s “2018 Teacher of the Year,” has held a leadership position in her local teachers’ union, and has advocated on behalf of students and teachers. As a small business owner of a film and television casting company based in Livonia, Polehanki has put Michigan actors to work for 10 years.
Polehanki graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Michigan University, earned teacher certification and a second major in English from Alma College, obtained a master’s degree in teaching from Marygrove College, and earned school administrator certification from the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals.
“As your state Senator, I will be a strong advocate for supporting public education, rebuilding the middle class with good-paying jobs, fixing our roads and crumbling infrastructure, giving our seniors the care and secure retirements they have rightly earned, ensuring that all Michiganders have access to quality affordable health care, reducing the cost of car insurance while maintaining comprehensive coverage for our families, and preserving our water from corporate abuse and fixing our broken water infrastructure,” she said.
Polehanki is married to Jim Walkup, a supervisor at Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, and has three step-children.