Alma Wheeler Smith was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 54 from 2005 to January 1, 2011. In 2002, she was a candidate for governor in the Democratic primaries. She was also the running mate for David Bonior in his bid for governor. She has served in the Michigan House since 2004, although she cannot run to retain her House seat in 2010 due to term limits. She ran for governor in 2010, but ultimately withdrew from the campaign. Smith is a member of a prominent Ann Arbor political family. Her father, Albert H. Wheeler, was mayor of Ann Arbor from 1975 to 1978, and the first African American to hold that position. Her sister, Nancy Francis, has served as a Washtenaw County probate judge since 1990. Her son, Conan Smith, serves as a Wa......Read more
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