Bernstein, Hubbard elected to seats on Board of Regents


Incumbent Democrat Mark Bernstein and Republican newcomer Sarah Hubbard were the top vote-getters in the Nov. 3 race for two eight-year terms on the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

Bernstein received 2,429,116 votes, or 24.65 percent of the vote total, according to the Michigan Secretary of State website. Hubbard came in second place with 2,366,484 votes, or 24.01 percent.

Regent Shauna Ryder Diggs, a Democrat seeking her second term on the board, finished third with 2,354,193 votes, or 23.89 percent. Republican Carl Meyers came in fourth with 2,252,439 votes, or 22.85 percent.

Meanwhile, Bridget Mary McCormack placed first in the race for two, eight-year positions on the Michigan Supreme Court. She received 2,369,012 votes, or 32.22 percent of the vote total. McCormack, the state court’s current chief justice, is an adjunct clinical assistant professor of law at the Law School.

Bernstein was first elected to the Board of Regents in 2012. He is the president and managing partner of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm.

In 2018, Bernstein served as the director of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Transition Office. He also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. During his tenure, he was chair of the commission, helped establish the Michigan Civil Rights Academy and convened the Michigan Civil Rights Summit.

Bernstein serves on the board of directors of Detroit Public Television and on the executive board of the Michigan Association for Justice. He was elected by both defense and plaintiff attorneys to serve on the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section Council.

Bernstein holds three degrees from U-M: a Bachelor of Arts, a law degree and a Master of Business Administration. 

Hubbard owns the Lansing-based government relations firm Acuitas. She started her career as a legislative staffer and previously served as a senior vice president of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Hubbard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology from U-M, a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from U-M.

U-M’s eight regents serve overlapping terms, with two seats up for election every two years. Bernstein and Hubbard will begin their new terms in January.

Other candidates for the Board of Regents and their vote totals were:

  • Eric Larson, Libertarian, 113,542 votes.
  • James L. Hudler, Libertarian, 97,540 votes.
  • Crystal Van Sickle, U.S. Taxpayers, 82,306 votes.
  • Michael Mawilai, Green, 73,948 votes.
  • Ronald E. Graeser, U.S. Taxpayers, 49,045 votes.
  • Keith Butkovich, Natural Law, 37,055 votes.

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